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Leaf-patterned convertible shawl

So my cousin is having a baby and my mum and I decided to do something for the baby and something for her (it probably being a bit of a letdown, opening giftwrapped packages only to find that the gift inside is meant for someone several years away from appreciating it).

Together, we made the SnB baby blanket using olive green (trusty, gender-neutral green) artesano alpaca, which is apparently good for babies, being fluff and danderfree, hypoallergenic, water and flame resistant, or so the yarn sellers tell me.

For my cousin, I wanted to make something a little more interesting and came up with this:
Finished leafy convertible

Inspired by the knitty convertible, but with a different lace pattern and crocheted cufflink-style closers.

The leafy pattern can be seen better here:

    Instructions for the lace pattern:

sl2-k1-p2o = slip 2 as if k2tog, knit next stitch, pass two slipped stitches over. This gives a verticle, non-slanting double decrease with the middle stitch raised.
All even rows are purl

R1: k1, yo, k2, k2tog, k1, ssk, k2, yo
R3: k1, yo, k2, k2tog, k1, ssk, k2, yo
R5: K2, yo, k2, sl2-k1-p2o, k2, yo, k1
R7: k3, yo, k1, sl2-k1-p2o, k1, yo, k2
R9: k4, yo, sl2-k1-p2o, yo, k3
R11:k1, ssk, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, k2tog
R13:k1, ssk, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, k2tog

From this point on, the first and last pattern repeats, the ones on the edge, will be different from the ones in the middle, since you will be starting mid-leaf. You will have to start with a ssk and finish with a k2tog instead of a sl2-k1-p2o to make the pattern balance, so repeat the [section] only.

R15: ssk, [k2, yo, k3, yo, k2, sl2-k1-p2o], k2, yo, k3, yo, k2, k2tog
R17:ssk, [k1, yo, k5, yo, k1, sl2-k1-p2o], k1, yo, k5, yo, k1, k2tog
R19:ssk, [yo, k7, yo, sl2-k1-p2o], yo, k7, yo, k2tog

CHART
Leaf lace chart

Note that the yellow is for the start and end of the row only– the actual pattern repeat is the plain white section (the equivalent of the [bit in square brackets].


    Convertible shawl instructions:

The first stitch of every row is slipped.

CO 80 stitches.
slip first stitch, then k all stitches for 6 rows of garter to set up.

Lace start:

*R1: sl1, k2, yo, k2tog, then repeat R1 of pattern 7 times, ssk, yo, k3.
R2: sl1, k4, purl across til 5th stitch to end, k5 remaining stitches.
R3: sl1, k4, [repeat R3 of pattern seven times], k5.
R4: Repeat R2. All even rows are the same as R2.

Continue in pattern (Rx: sl1, k4, [repeat Rx of pattern seven times], k5) until you have reached the R20, then repeat from * (including buttonhole) for as many pattern repeats as it takes to get it the length you want. This will probably be at least 14 repeats (mine was 14, making it about 150 cm long), but lightly block it with steam as you go along to make sure you get the right length.

Block it properly when you’re done to bring the lace out.

For the crocheted cufflinks, I used the time-honoured making-it-up-as-you-go method, which was about:
Chain 5, join into a ring, then hdc and dc (or double and treble crochet) alternately into the ring until it’s a solid looking flower, join flower, then chain 8 or so, join 5 into a ring and repeat the first flower.

It’ll take about ten or so of these to make your shawl into a shrug, and of course you can rejigger then if you want to make it a poncho or a wrap or whatever.

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