Wednesday, June 3, 2015

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Old Shale, Variations of an Old and Much Loved Lace Stitch is a stitch dictionary of variations of a single lace stitch. The Old Shale lace stitch has been knitted and modified for ages. It works well on baby blankets, socks, sweaters, shawls, afghans, and anything else that can be knitted.

You can download Old Shale on Ravelry at http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/old-shale-variations, which will let you find it easily in your own Ravelry library and keep up with updates. If you are not a Ravelry user, you can download it here.

Members of the Wednesday afternoon knitting study group came up with the idea to knit 25-inch samples of 10 different versions of Old Shale to explore and record some of the possible ways to knit this lovely, old lace stitch.

We pursued this project for the fun of seeing the samples that could be produced by a group of knitters, all sharing the work of knitting useful swatches. Individually, none of us would likely have ever knit a 25-inch long swatch, or knit 40 variations of one lace stitch. Working together, laughing and talking over coffee, the work was nothing. The product will be useful for many years to come.

We hope you will find these variations of Old Shale inspiring and useful in your own work.

 

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