My Spider Stitch Shawl is now available as an individual pattern PDF!
Originally published in the October 2009 issue of Yarn Forward, the Spider Stitch Shawl features an easy-to-memorize pattern stitch and an elegant but simple border. It's a classic triangular shawl knit from the center back out, and it's easy enough that I think it would be a good pattern for a lace newbie (or a good quick and easy knit for the expert!). I'm glad I paid to have Yarn Forward ship the sample back to me, because it's one of the knits I wear most frequently during the winter. It just looks cool scrunched and wrapped around my neck -- it seems to dress up even the most boring outfit -- and it really does keep me toasty warm.
The pattern is a 4-page PDF file, and I've made it easy for you: all of the charts are on page 2 of the pattern, so if you're the type of knitter who really just needs the charts, that's the only page you'll actually need to print. Clicking the "buy now" button will help you purchase the pattern via Ravelry and PayPal, but you don't need a Ravelry or PayPal account to buy.
The pattern is $5.
To make the shawl, you will need a size 4 (3.5mm) long circular needle and 2 skeins of Malabrigo Lace, or about 750-800 yards of an equivalent yarn. The finished size is about 64" across and 30" deep, although the size is easily adjustable if you, for example, change yarn weights, work more or fewer repeats of the main chart pattern, and/or work more or fewer repeats of the border pattern.