This pattern is dedicated to my good friend Liz and our knitting group. I was lucky to meet Liz 6 years ago. She was knitting a pair of socks at the playground while our kids were playing. I asked her what she was working on, we figured out that two of our children would be going to preschool together, and that was it. She's been a great knitting friend and a great friend.
Once preschool started, we learned that one of the preschool teachers knit. And her mom knit. And Liz's friend knit. And Liz's friend's friend knit. Soon we had a group that met on Thursdays, either at someone's house or at a coffee shop. One of those coffee shops was Mornings in Paris. Pretty soon, I felt like I had expanded my group of friends, the people to whom I felt most close.
Last year, I found out I was moving away. Liz stopped by my house with a skein of yarn and a bottle of wine. I was still so surprised that we were moving that I didn't really know what to say. But I deeply appreciated the gesture.
This winter, after finally settling into our new house and getting through the holiday, I started knitting again. I picked up the skein of yarn Liz gave me and tried to come up with something that would remind me of her and our knitting group. I found a stitch pattern called "Eiffel Tower" by Barbara Walker. I turned the stitch upside down and played with the spacing and size of the repeats. The Mornings in Paris Shawl was born.
Pattern InfoThe shawl begins with a garter tab and construction is top-down. Increases are worked at the edges and center on the right side. This pattern is charted only.
Blocked measurements Small (Large) :: 42 (55)” / 101.5 (139.75) cm across top by 16 (28)” / 40.75 (71) cm deep
1 (2) skeins Blue Moon Fiber Arts; 390 yds / 356 m per 3.38 oz / 96 g skein; 60% wool / 20% yak / 20% cultivated silk
Smaller sample in Help Us Rhonda. Larger sample in The New Color of Love.
Needles & Notions
Size 5 US / 3.75 mm 40” / 102 cm circular needles
2 stitch markers, tapestry needle, blocking pins
19 sts and 30 rows = 4” / 10 cm in pattern stitch from Charts A and B using Size 5 US / 4.5 mm needles, after blocking
Gauge is not critical for this pattern, but it is important if you want to make the smaller shawl from 1 skein and the larger shawl from 2 skeins.