Glamorous Keep Yourself Alive Shawl – Emma Sadler

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Keep Yourself Alive Shawl Pattern Emma Sadler

Glamorous, Keep Yourself Alive Shawl by Emma Sadler

The luxurious, slip stitich Keep Yourself Alive Shawl is a mini-shawl or scarf named for one of my favourite Queen songs. One of the lines is “But if I crossed a million rivers, And I rode a million miles, Then I’d still be where I started.”

This shawl starts and finishes with a garter section worked the main colour, so just like the song, you will work many stitches but will finish how you started.

In the main part of the shawlette, two colours of lace weight yarn are alternated in different patterns to create an interesting and eye-catching effect.

Keep Yourself Alive is a perfectly lightweight summer knit with the delicate lace yarn, and the asymmetric shape of the finished shawl which gives it an interesting drape.

It was knitted in Sylvan Tiger Yarn (55% British BFL wool, 45% silk) in Onion Skin and Leafy Green. This yarn makes for a wonderfully soft fabric which can be worn in a variety of ways.

The pattern comes with both written and charted instructions as well as a schematic.

Thank you to my tech editor Linda at Tabitha Thomas Studio and my wonderful test knitters who helped make this pattern possible.

About the Keeping Yourself Alive Shawl Pattern

The Keep Yourself Alive Shawl pattern is knitted with lace weight yarn.    You could substitute any lace weight yarn or combine a smooth yarn with kid silk to add texture. I used 2.5mm needles but if you wanted a drapier shawll, you could go up to a larger needle size. You might use more yarn, so allow for that when choosing your colours.

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Keep Yourself Alive Shawl Pattern Information

Published inEmma Sadler’s Ravelry Store
CategoryAccessories – Shawl
PublishedJuly 2019
Suggested Yarn Sylvan Tiger Yarn Methera Lace
Yarn Weight Lace / 2 ply
Gauge/Tension 32 stitches and 36 rows = 10 cm n Garter
Needle Size US 1½ – 2.5 mm
Yardage 400 – 475 yards (366 – 434 m)
Sizes Available One size 178cm/70 inches wide
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As always, when I’m knitting for the knitworthy members of my family or dear friends, I consider how they’re going to wear it, wash it, the colours they love and what styles they wear. In this case, it’s for me and I saw this yarn and felt it was perfect for the shawl.  It’s light, silky with the warmth of the BFL and is amazing to knit with. I can’t praise it highly enough and I love working with it.

“As I get older, I just prefer to knit. ”

― Tracey Ullman

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