Greenwich Steps

Coit Tower stands on the top of Telegraph Hill in San Francisco. There are two ways to get to Coit Tower: you can drive there—Lombard Street ends at the top of Telegraph Hill—or you can walk. By far the best route is via the stairs on the east side of the hill. There are two staircases that climb from the Embarcadero to the top of the hill (a rise of about 270 feet); one of them is Greenwich Steps. Both staircases wind their way through a tiny neighborhood of cottages with meticulously tended gardens that overflow with glorious flowers.

This rectangular shawl starts with a very long toe-up sock cast on (use your favorite one). It works out from this center line, increasing in width and length with every odd row. Diamonds and flowers are accented with pretty little nupps. If you wish, replace the nupps with beads for a touch of bling.


Yarn: lace weight; 700 yards.
Model: Claudia Hand Painted Yarns Serenity in Antique Jeans; 1100 yards in 100 grams; 100% silk.
Gauge: 16 sts and 35 rows to 4 inches (10 cm) in stockinette, knit in the round, blocked
Needles: US 4 (3.5 mm), circular needles
Crochet hooks: Required only if beads used - US 13 steel hook (.85 mm) for placing beads, or the size that fits through hole in beads actually used
Beads: 350 size 8/0 seed beads, optional, in lieu of nupps
Finished size: 20.5 x 66 inches; 52 x 167.5 cm
Notions: 3 stitch markers required, more are optional; yarn needle
Difficulty:
Intermediate

Skills: k2tog, ssk, YO, s1-k2tog-psso, nupp, knitting in the round, a toe-up sock cast on
Stitch instructions: Charted.

This pattern is listed on Ravelry.