This was quite an endeavor! For a long time (definitely years) that I wanted to create a shawl with hearts but wasn’t sure about the lace stitch, shape and other important details and the idea was kind of present but not clear enough to carry on.
For pattern success I strongly recommend using a fiber with at least 70% wool or other animal fiber content and wet block the shawl. As shown it was knitted with 830.8 m (908.6 yds) of Atelier Zitron Unisono, 100% merino, sport weight yarn, and is 178 cm long by 63 cm wide at center back (70 x 24.8 “). It was very enjoyable work with yarn, it’s very soft and even, I really loved it! Instructions are provided to one size (large) but tips to knit a smaller version are also incorporated into pattern. I finished it with a picot bind-off for extra loveliness, but you may choose an elastic bind-off instead. I hope you enjoy Sleepless Heart!
Other info Materials: approx 830.8 – 955.4 m (908.6 – 1044.8 yds) of sport weight yarn; st markers; size 4.5 mm (US 7) circular needles; size 6 mm (US 10) for binding-off, tapestry needle; pins for blocking; waste yarn.
Level: Advanced - This project is suitable for fearless knitters with experience knitting lace on both sides of work (wrong side and right side rows) and manipulating unusual stitches (lace, ribbing, textures, cast-on and drop sts throughout the pattern and all sort of increases and decreases). That said, the abbreviations are detailed, I included a tutorial explaining unusual stitches, added charts with check boxes with the stitch count per row and the format is very clean and friendly.
Skills needed: provisional cast-on, K, P, P2tog, Ssp, YO, Dyo, K2tog, Ssk, M1R, M1L, elastic BO or picot BO, single cast-on, Kf&b, drop sts, knit sts from previous rows (fully explained into pattern). Wet block the shawl and woven in ends.
Pattern format: Both written instructions (line by line) and charts are provided. Pattern is a pdf file document and you need Adobe Acrobat Reader application to open it.
(This pattern is only available as part of my new e-book Ar:
a progressive Eco-friendly e-book with 5 original shawl designs.
Noni, Sleepless Heart, Dueto and Neve are currently available, 1 more shawl will be added).
Many thanks to my wonderful testers: