Great White


When I was young, I looked forward to every new episode of The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau with bated breath. The silence, the solitude, the beauty, the teeming schools of fish, the sunlight shining through the water, and the extreme, sudden violence, all melded in my mind, my heart, my psyche, until many years later when I was presented with the opportunity to learn to SCUBA dive. There was no way I was not going to learn to dive. Willingly climbing into a shark cage when a great white shark is in the area is something else again. Not going there. I’m not that crazy. But when I saw the lovely old knit border, Aunt Jenny’s Shark’s Tooth Edging, it seemed like the best of both worlds.

It starts with a cast on of six little stitches. The shark tooth lace border grows from there to its full width. When long enough, the work is turned, and stitches are picked up along the edge. Short rows, much like those that shape the heel of a top-down sock, shape it into a crescent.

Like the stitches in this shawl but want a different shape? Check out Mako; it uses the same basic stitches in an interesting trapezoid.

Pattern details
  • Yarn: fingering weight; 325, 350 [400, 450, 500] yards.
  • Model: fingering weight; 325, 350 [400, 450, 500] yards.
  • Gauge: 22 sts and 21 rows to 4 inches in stitch pattern.
  • Needles: US 5 (3.75 mm).
  • Needles: US F (3.75 mm) or larger for provisional cast on.
  • Finished size: _75 x 7.5, 83 x 7.75 [91 x 8, 99 x 8.25, 107 x 8.75] inches.
  • Stitch instructions: Charted and written.
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