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The Late Harvest Shawl Illustrates a Subtle Decrease

The results of our eyelet experiment …

What better way to demonstrate the use of the Perfect Eyelet than with this lovely Late Harvest Shawl. It’s name is inspired by the beautiful lines of a planted field.

This is actually the first project I knit after several years of limited knitting. To celebrate my return, I splurged on two of my favorite yarns: Karabella Boise (50% merino, 50% cashmere) and Cascade Kid Seta (50% fine mohair, 50% silk) for the long elegant cream ruffle.


Knitting with the super soft Boise was a gift in itself and added to the delight of knitting something bigger than a swatch after so long. The simplicity of the stitch lured me into the knitting zone where time and place were suspended and my imagination was free to roam.

Determined to enjoy the pleasure of knitting again (and not sure how long it would last), I paid special attention to the details; pouring a cup of hot tea, pulling my chair a bit closer to the fire and donning my favorite scruffy but cozy sweats. Although a social knitter, I savored my alone time, husband and kids off for the day or at least part of it. I’m not sure they would have appreciated the importance of the moment to me. You would have, I know.

So what’s special about the Harvest Shawl? Not only does it use the Subtle Decrease and perfect eyelet, we also introduce a covert eyelet increase in the pattern. You’ll find the pattern on Ravelry.

7 comments on “The Late Harvest Shawl Illustrates a Subtle Decrease

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  4. Monika
    August 8, 2015

    Newbie here – I’ve recently discovered your website and blog. Thank you for all the brilliant tweaks, ideas, patterns and enrichment you’ve just brought to my knitting life – very inspiring!
    Having impatiently done couple of swatches, my hands are now ‘itching’ to do something ‘for real’. I’m planning to merge the Late Harvest Shawl with Convertible construction (, perhaps also utilising the edge of the Parallelity…
    I have only just started and wonder if the instructions for the Late Harvest need to be corrected to ‘CO multiples of 4 plus 10’ (rather than 9) as it does not seem to correspond to the chart? If this is the case, the cast on stitch count table would also need to be altered. If not, could you please let me know where I might be going wrong? Thanks.

    • Laura Cunitz
      August 8, 2015

      Yes, yes, yes!! I added that last extra stitch at the last minute and did not update the chart. I can’t believe I missed it all this time. Thanks for the correction. I already fixed the pattern (along with the new format) and will update it on Ravelry now. Thanks again and feel free to write with any questions on your merged project. Laura

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