Leher

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Leher is a rectangular lace shawl featuring a wave-like stitch pattern, worked over a multiple of 17 stitches and 34 rows. You cast on a total of 99 stitches, including 85 main pattern stitches (17 x 5) and 14 border stitches (7 on either side).The pattern includes both a chart (with three sections) and written instructions.

I worked 5 horizontal and 12 vertical repeats of the pattern to get an 18-inch wide and 64-inch long shawl. (You could work 3 repeats between the right and left borders to make a scarf or work fewer vertical repeats to make a shorter version).

Yarn – 3 skeins or approx. 800 yards of the Cascade 220 Fingering, or any light-fingering weight yarn that blocks well (preferably 100-percent wool). I used a little less that 3 skeins of Cascade 220 Fingering in the ‘Sage’ colorway.

Needles – A pair of US size 6 (4 mm) needles for knitting; US size 8 (5 mm) needle for casting on loosely (optional)

Notions:

  • 6 Stitch markers (if using)
  • Blocking pins / wires
  • Tapestry needle to weave in ends

Gauge – 22 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches measured over pattern stitch (after blocking)

Finished dimensions – 18 inches wide and 64 inches long

Abbreviations:

  • RS – Right side
  • WS – Wrong side
  • YO – yarn over
  • k2tog – Knit 2 together
  • ssk – slip, slip, knit the 2 slipped stitches together
  • PM – Place Marker
  • SM – Slip Marker

Leher Stitch Pattern (Worked over a multiple of 17 stitches, between the right and left borders):

  • Row 1 [RS] – *k 7, [YO, ssk] 3 times, k4*, repeat from * to *
  • Row 2 and all WS rows – purl all stitches
  • Row 3 – *k 8, [YO, ssk] 3 times, k3*, repeat from * to *
  • Row 5 – *k 9, [YO, ssk] 3 times, k2*, repeat from * to *
  • Row 7 – *k 10, [YO, ssk] 3 times, k1*, repeat from * to *
  • Row 9 – *k 7, k2tog, YO, k2, [YO, ssk] 3 times*, repeat from * to *
  • Row 11 – *k 5, [k2tog, YO] 2 times, k1, [k2tog, YO] 3 times, k1*, repeat from * to *
  • Row 13 – *k 3, [k2tog, YO] 3 times, k1, [k2tog, YO] 3 times, k1*, repeat from * to *
  • Row 15 – *k 2, [k2tog, YO] 3 times, k1, [k2tog, YO] 3 times, k2*, repeat from * to *
  • Row 17 – *k 1, [k2tog, YO] 3 times, k1, [k2tog, YO] 3 times, k3*, repeat from * to *
  • Row 19 – * [k2tog, YO] 3 times, k1, [k2tog, YO] 3 times, k4*, repeat from * to *
  • Row 21 – *k 1, [YO, ssk] 3 times, [k2tog, YO] 2 times, k6*, repeat from * to *
  • Row 23 – *k 1, [YO, ssk] 3 times, k2tog, YO, k8*, repeat from * to *
  • Row 25 – *k 2, [YO, ssk] 3 times, k9*, repeat from * to *
  • Row 27 – *k 3, [YO, ssk] 3 times, k8*, repeat from * to *
  • Row 29 – *k 4, [YO, ssk] 3 times, k7*, repeat from * to *
  • Row 31 – *k 5, [YO, ssk] 3 times, k6*, repeat from * to *
  • Row 33 – *k 6, [YO, ssk] 3 times, k5*, repeat from * to *
  • Row 34 –  purl all stitches

Right border (worked over 7 stitches):

  • Row 1 (RS) – k4, YO, ssk, k1
  • Row 2 (WS) – p4, k3

Repeat rows 1 and 2

Left border (worked over 7 stitches):

  • Row 1 (RS) – k1, k2tog, YO, k4
  • Row 2 (WS) – k3, p4

Repeat rows 1 and 2

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Instructions to knit the shawl:

(See chart)

Loosely cast on 99 stitches (using the larger needle).

Switch to smaller needles.

Knit 5 rows.

On row 6 (WS), knit 3 stitches, purl to the last 3 stitches, knit 3 stitches.

You will now start working in pattern

  1. On row 7 (RS), work seven (row 1) stitches of the Right Border, place marker (PM); then work  17 (row 1) stitches of the Leher Stitch pattern five times, placing markers after every repeat; work seven (row 1) stitches of the Left Border.
  2. On the next row (WS) and all WS rows, knit 3; purl 93 (slipping markers as you go); knit the last 3 stitches.

Continue to work rows 3 to 34 of the Leher pattern between the right and left borders, as established above. Then repeat these 34 rows 11 more times (total 12)

On the 12th or last repeat, work only 32 rows of the Leher pattern, ending with a WS row.

To finish, knit 5 rows.

Bind off all stitches loosely (knitwise) on the WS.

Block to desired measurements.

Weave in ends.

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