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Autumn is, without question, my favorite season here in Ontario. The landscape is painted brilliantly in shades of pine, flame orange, and maple red. And even a simple drive in the country has me gasping a little from all the beauty.

Koyo, the Japanese word for “autumn leaves” is inspired in part by my new home here in Ontario, and in part by my first trip to Japan in late November 2000. So late in the year, I was shocked and surprised that the maples around Kyoto were in full, peak, color. I spent a day climbing to the top of one of the temple complexes that overlook the modern city, marveling at the reds and oranges, and golds.

This shawl is knit in one piece from the center long edge to the point. The shawl is worked in stockinette lace, with the exception of the garter stitch left and right edgings. Read charts carefully.

Throughout the shawl, slip the first st of every row for a smoother edge.

Stitch counts are often adjusted using a double yarn over. When working the following WS row, knit into one of the yarnovers and purl into the other. This is indicated on all charts.

Finished Measurements:
Before Blocking: 44 inches across long edge, 20 inches tall at point.
After Blocking: 70 inches across long edge, 34 inches tall at point.

20 sts and 28 rows = 4” (10 cm)
over Stockinette stitch after lightly blocking

Approx 1000 yards (914 m) laceweight yarn
As shown; Lorna’s Laces Helen’s Lace in Satsuma

3.5 mm (US size 4) needles, or size needed to obtain gauge: one 40” (100 cm) circular
Stitch markers
Tapestry needle
Rust-proof pins, for blocking


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