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Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
I am so pleased by how this looks.

Math4Knitters, Crafty Living: Show 120

This week, I chat with Beth Brown-Reinsel and share a pattern for a new shawl for my sister, Tetrad.

A New Shawl

"Tetrad" is a term that, loosely, means, "four." It pops up in Physics, geometry, music, chromosomes and a few other areas.

My twin sister visited me a little while ago to celebrate our birthday. We visited a yarn shop and I asked her to choose a yarn she would like for a new shawl. Her "old" shawl was the first lace-knitting shawl I ever made, Icarus.

Her Icarus is holding up well, but I think it's time for something new. Lisa chose the yarn, the stitch pattern (Little Exuviae, which I used in these socks), and the general shape (square).

So, I cast on. I'm very happy with the results, and I hope she likes it, too.

The charts are a bit strange, since the stitch pattern didn't really line up with the rate of increase, but I think I've made it fairly elegant. They are all designed to fit on standard, letter-sized paper.

All of the motifs in the shawl are mirror-imaged, which fits, since we are mirror-image twins.

A note about color. I've tried my best, but this is a very, very dark green yarn. It is really lovely. Think of it as the way pine needles look when there is sunlight peeking through some of the trees. It almost glows in sunlight. But, in the studio, I had to chose between great color rendition and stitch definition. So, please take these images with a grain of salt or two.

Another Note: I took a LOT of photos of this shawl, so check out the photo gallery I made for them.


It was so lovely of Beth to take the time to talk with me. We talked about traditional knitting techniques, books, and the Norwegian Purl, among other things.


- Beth's Knitting Ganseys is available as a book or DVD. You can buy either one or both together at her website.

- Columbia Minerva Books

- Norwegian Purl

- Knitting in the Old Way is available both in paperback and hardcover.

- Michael Pearson's Traditional Knitting: Aran, Fair Isle and Fisher Ganseys


- Interweave Press

- Jacqueline Fee's Sweater Workshop

- Cornwall Yarn Shop

- Fore-Edge Painting

- Margaret Atwood (Yes, I am obsessed. - Lara)