Esse is a delicate triangular shawlette / kerchief with long tapering and skinny ends that can be worn in so many ways. It is worked in a beautiful all-over cables and lace pattern.

I have had such a shawl project in my mind for ages now that it feels wonderful to be able to turn it into reality. 

The word esse means just that : that something exists and has a physical form or is not imaginary or fictional. I decided to call this design Esse to acknowledge and admire the fact that something merely in our imagination can be given form and existence through this fabulous craft of knitting.

Esse is worked sideways from tip to tip. It starts with very few cast-on stitches at one tip and is slowly increased until full width at the mid point and then decreased all the way to the other tip.

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SIZINGAdaptable. Esse is designed to use one lace weight skein. But, any yarn weight can be used and the size can be easily adjusted by knitting more or less pattern repeats. Instructions are included in pattern for such adjustments.


75.75”/ 192 cm

9.25” / 23.5 cm
YARN REQUIREMENTS751 yards / 687 m of lace weight yarn.
Esse is suitable for knitting in any yarn weight. Check SIZING above. 
YARN USED IN SAMPLESilkIndian Maharaja Silk Lace, 100% Silk 
766 yards / 700 m per 100g / 3.5oz.
NEEDLES USED3.5 mm / US 4 needles straight or circular.
GAUGE40 sts and 32 rows = 4″/ 10 cm, in pattern st, washed and blocked.
1 cable repeat of 10 sts and 20 rows = 1″/ 2.5 cm width, 2.5″/ 6.3 cm height.
Gauge is not particularly important in this project. However please know that your finished measurements and yardage requirements  would vary accordingly.
NOTIONSCable needle, tapestry needle.
TECHNIQUESm1R, 2/2 LC, 2/2 RC.