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  It's no secret that I love color & designing with color. So when I had to take a last minute trip to Rome at the beginning of July I quickly grabbed a couple of beautiful skeins of  Schaefer Audrey in colors that calmed me. It was only a few days after my stint in the hospital with the Lad & his broken leg, and now I was off to Rome to retrieve IJK who was experiencing health problems while on a student trip. (She's fine, nothing too serious - just issues that prevented her from completing the trip.) 

Roma Shawl Side
Audrey is a delightful blend of silk and merino in fingering weight that is the sort of yarn that once you start knitting with it you'll find it almost impossible to put down. The silk in the yarn gives amazing drape - ideal for a shawl, and adds sheen and richness to Schaefer's already amazing colors. The soft, glowing Audrey was the perfect yarn to soothe me during a week when I didn't know which end was up. On the plane I began to knit a shawl in a simple lace pattern that was easy to memorize. Then, with a brain that refused to settle on just one thought, I moved to a two color garter stitch stripe - the blue yarn could not be ignored any longer. Shawls in simple stitch patterns like this one are often the best medicine when the mind is racing. For that long flight from JFK to Rome it was perfect.

Since working with color is one of my favorite things to do I couldn't stop at just one Roma. I made a second, this time with a contrasting border. The pattern includes instructions for Roma both with an without the contrasting border.

For more information on the yarns used in version with the border see the project page on Ravelry

You can see more of our photos on the pattern page on Ravelry.

Roma Shawl & Roma with Mods

Sizes: One size (but easily adjusted by adding or subtracting repeats of either the lace or garter stitch stripe)
Finished Measurements: 60" across top edge, 25" from top to point, blocked
Gauge:  16 sts & 38 rows = 4”(10cm) in garter st, blocked
Yarn: Schaefer Yarns Audrey, 50% merino/50% cultivated silk, 700 yards per 4oz skein
MC (Ivory) - “Elisabeth Kubler-Ross” - 1/2 skein,
CC -This was a one of a kind color, “Peter” or “Indigo” are similar - 1/4 skein
Needles: US 7/4.5mm or size to obtain gauge
Other Materials: 4 stitch markers, tapestry needle, crochet hook

Price: $6.00 US

Thank you to my test knitters, Karen, Lulu, Christine & Stacie!!


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