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Originally created for the Knitculture Studio Club, Avebury is now available to everyone. This lovely shawl combines large eyelets and ribs for a shawl that has a lot of interest without being overly fussy. The combination of ribs and eyelets also creates a shawl that is reversible. Avebury is worked from the top edge, increasing downward and outward. The bottom edge is finished with a sweet picot bind off.

I worked the original design in scrumptious Alchemy Silk Purse, in a gorgeous shade of teal, Cambodia Blue. I have found this color very difficult to represent in photos, in reality it is much greener than my photos show. Unfortunately if I used my current photo editing software to make the shawl greener, my kind model Izzy (with her wrinkly, wrinkly shirt) would look as if she had eaten a bad piece of seafood. As her mom I'd rather see the rosy, healthy glow she has with the bluer shawl.

Avebury Manequin 2

The photo above, which shows the shawl worn on the reverse side, is a slightly more accurate representation of the color, but still does not do it justice.

Other yarn options for this shawl are Malabrigo Silky Merino & Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend. I also think it would be beautiful in handspun yarn or a beautiful tweed like The Fibre Company's Acadia. There are lots more photos on the Ravelry pattern page, including quite a few taken by the good people at Knitculture.


Size: One Size

Finished Measurements: 60 wide x 24 deep

Yarn: Alchemy Silk Purse; 100 % Silk; 163 yds/150 m per 50g hank; Color: 166w - Cambodia Blue; 3 hanks

Needles: US 7 (4.5mm) straight circular needles  or size to obtain gauge

Gauge: 16 sts & 25 rows = 4”/10cm in (k2, p4) rib - blocked, always take the time to check gauge

Other Materials: 5 stitch markers, tapestry needle

Price: $6.00 US


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I think I finally know what I shall be knitting with the Swans Island yarn I bought in Maine last September--this is just what I was looking for-a little airy, not fussy, elegant. You nailed it again!

So pretty!!

The eyelets add a lovely design to the edging.

What earthchick said!

Love the simplicity and of course the color.

I'm with Gale on this one - wondering how that self striping (loooong repeats) lace weight would look in this. I

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