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Mt. Vernon Shawl

By: Tanis Gray for Tilli Tomas

Comfort and elegance collide in this beautiful Mt. Vernon Shawl. In addition to lace knitting skills, you'll need to master the provisional cast-on method to begin this classy design. Aside from the lace edging, which is knit separately then seamed onto the finished garment, minimal seaming is required to complete this shawl.


Knitting Needle Size7 or 4.5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles

Yarn Weight(1) Super Fine (27-32 stitches to 4 inches)

Size: Approximately 75” x 35” (arch)

Gauge: 25 sts and 21 rows over 4” in lace pattern


  • 3 Hanks Tilli Tomas Pure & Simple (3.5oz/100g, 260yds/238m, 100% spun silk) in Parchment (A)
  • 2 Hanks Tilli Tomas Salt & Pepper (225yds/206m, 100% spun silk with seed beads) in Washington (B)
  • #7 US (4.5 mm) 24” circular knitting needles
  • Spare knitting needle
  • Tapestry needle
  • Size G crochet hook
  • Scrap yarn

BO: bind off
CO: cast on
K: knit
K2tog: knit 2 sts together
P: purl
P2sso: pass 2 slipped sts over
Psso: pass slipped st over
Sl: slip
Ssk: slip, slip, knit
Wyib: with yarn in back
Wyif: with yarn in front
Yo: yarn over

Using provisional cast on with crochet hook and
scrap yarn, CO 69 sts. Start with color A as follows:
Row 1 and all WS (odd) rows: K3, purl to last 3 sts, k3
Row 2 (RS): *K3, ssk, yo, k5, (yo, k1) 5 times, yo, k5,yo, k2tog* rep from * to last 3 sts, k3
Row 4: *K3, ssk, yo, ssk, k1, (k2tog, yo) twice, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, (yo, ssk) twice, k1, k2tog, yo, k2tog* rep from * to last 3 sts, k3
Row 6: *K3, ssk, yo, [sl 2, k1, p2sso], yo, k2tog, yo, k5, yo, k1, yo, k5, yo, ssk, yo, [sl 2, k1, p2sso], yo, k2tog* rep from * to last 3 sts, k3
Row 8: *K3, [sl 1, k2tog, psso], yo, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, [sl 2, k1, p2sso], yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, yo, k3tog* rep from * to last 3 sts, k3
Row 10: *K4, k2tog, yo, k3, (yo, sl 2, k1, p2sso) 3 times, yo, k3, yo, ssk, k1* rep from * to last 3 sts, k3
Repeat rows 1-10 a total of 27 times (270 rows).
Leave sts on needle.

Side Panel
Note: The side panel is worked horizontally and is meant to pull in the shawl creating an arch. The side panel will become the top of the shawl when worn.
Pick up and knit 144 sts on left side of body with color B as follows:
Row 1 and 3 (WS): With B, purl
Row 2 (RS): With B, knit
Row 4: With A, k11, *turn, sl 1 wyif, k3, turn, p4, k12* rep from *, end last rep k1 instead of k12
Row 5: With A, k5, *turn, p4, turn, k3, sl 1 wyif, k12* rep from *, end last rep k7 instead of k12
Row 6: With B, k8, sl 2 wyib, k10* rep from *, end last rep k2 instead of k10
Row 7, 8 and 9: With B, rep rows 1, 2 and 3
Row 10: With A, k5, *turn, sl 1 wyif, k3, turn, p4, k12* rep from *, end last rep k7 instead of k12
Row 11: With A, k11, *turn, p4, turn, k3, sl 1 wyif, k12* rep from *, end last rep k1 instead of k12
Row 12: With B, k2, *sl 2 wyib, k10* rep from *, end last rep k8 instead of k10
Purl 1 row, then knit 1 row. BO loosely purlwise.

Lace Edging (Make 2 Alike)
With B, CO 20 sts. Knit one row, then continue as follows:
Row 1: Sl 1, k3, (yo, k2tog) 7 times, yo, k2
Row 2, 4, 6 and 8: Knit
Row 3: Sl 1, k6, (yo, k2tog) 6 times, yo, k2
Row 5: Sl 1, k9, (yo, k2tog) 5 times, yo, k2
Row 7: Sl 1, k12, (yo, k2tog) 4 times, yo, k2
Row 9: Sl 1, k23
Row 10: BO 4, k19
Repeat rows 1-10 a total of 16 times (160 rows). BO knitwise.

Using 3 needle bind off, attach lace edgings to either side of body. Weave in all loose ends with tapestry needle and block to desired size.

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It IS worsted (Gr. 4 Medium yarn), the yarn weight given on AFK is wrong. You can check on Ravelry, enter the name of the designer, Tanis Gray Shawl. The pattern is $3 U.S.

This pattern calls for "super fine" yarn. When I looked up the brand used, Tilli Thomas pure & simple, the description says it is a worsted weight yarn / 5 stitches to an inch and the beaded yarn is 18 stitches / every 4 inches. More of a DK weight. My opinion of super fine yarn is between a lace weight and a sock weight. Love this pattern, please help with yarn weights.

why does this pattern call for super fine (1) weight yarn and the yarn itself is worstered weight?


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