A Modern Victorian Shawl
Bringing a touch of Victorian romance to modern living.
Comfort working with lace knitting and knowledge of increases and decreases. Basic understanding of shawl construction is helpful but not necessary.
Yarn: 440m (480 yd) of DK cotton yarn
Needles: 4mm (US 6) 24” circular needles or size to achieve gauge.
Other: Stitch markers, darning needle, pins for blocking.
Gauge: 21 st and 30 rows per 4 inches (10 cm) in stockinette stitch.
Finished size: 65 inches (165 cm) wide, 16 inches (41 cm) deep.
Elegant and easy to wear, A Modern Victorian is the ideal pattern to gain confidence in knitting lace worked on both right and wrong side rows. Formed over 4 rows, the 20 stitch lace panel takes shape through basic increases and decreases which quickly become intuitive and rhythmic. This easy to memorize pattern will have you skillfully knitting lace with comfort and pride.
Knit in a soft, cotton, DK weight yarn A Modern Victorian Shawl carries you from Spring through Autumn. Perfect on its own for summer evenings it transitions gracefully into cooler weather wardrobes. Linen and silk yarns make good substitutions for maintaining the seasonal versatility and accentuating textures with defined structure. Alternate a wool DK or worsted yarn to create a cosy wrap for the winter months, or try a Blue Faced Leicester fingering for warmth with a soft drape.
With a side-to-side construction the edging, lace panel, and garter body are knit over each row. Working the sections together makes the shawl engaging to knit and the shaping avoids tediously long rows. Tips from the designer guide you through modifying the width and depth of your project, allowing you to personalize your shawl.
From casual to formal, work to leisure, A Modern Victorian Shawl is a versatile wrap for comfort and elegance throughout the seasons.
Photos by Lili Vieira De Carvalho