Valley Yarns 721 Shenandoah Valley Shawl
Inspired by the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley, the Valley Yarns Shenandoah Valley Shawl by Katharine Malcolm has mountains at each end and a valley in the center. This large shawl is perfect for those lovely summer evenings when you want just a little warmth. The ends of the shawl feature triangles of alternating lace and cable patterns. The cable rows become Stockinette stitch in the center, bordered by the same eyelet lace pattern. Knit in wonderfully soft and drapey 2/14 Alpaca Silk.
Finished Measurements: 27” wide by 72” long after blocking
Yarn: 1 cone Valley Yarns 2/14 Alpaca Silk (80% Alpaca/20% Silk,1736 yd/8.8 oz) color Whipple Blue (about 1500 yds used)
Needles: US size 6 (4.00mm) needles straight or circular or size needed to obtain gauge; cable needle (cn)
Gauge: 26 sts and 24 rows = 4” (blocked) worked in Chart C
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Comments about Needles: US size 6 (4.00mm) needles straight or circular or size needed to obtain gauge; cable needle (cn) 721 Shenandoah Valley Shawl:
I fell in love with this shawl the moment I saw the pictures. I'm only half done with my shawl right now but it is turning out every bit as beautiful as I'd hoped.
That said, the pattern leaves something to be desired. Only the right side rows are charted, but the pattern never actually specifies that. Two of the charts have the repeat borders drawn in wrong (they don't match the written instructions). And the general layout of the shawl is never explained (a fact I found frustrating in part because I adjusted the pattern to use less yarn of a heavier weight).
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