A Curved Shawl with Diamond Edging by Jane Sowerby

A Curved Shawl with Diamond Edging

November 2006
Lace ?
24 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch
US 3 - 3.25 mm
750 yards (686 m)
21" x 62"
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Errata available: knittinguniverse.com

Original lace pattern by Mlle. Branchardiere.

Pattern Description from Victorian Lace Today: “This shawl has a surprisingly contemporary appearance, you could even try it with bigger needles to exaggerate its open pattern. When I saw the illustration of this shawl in Mlle, de le B’s The Abergeldie Winter Book, I knew I had seen it somewhere before, and eventually tracked it down: A Semicircular Scarf in Spider Pattern in Sarah Don’s book, The Art of Shetland Lace. This Spider pattern bears no resemblance to that of Jane Gaugain but is ‘a copy of a scarf found in an old box of knitting discovered recently at Unst’ (Shetland, pre-1980). Its center pattern and that of 1860 are identical, but the borders are totally different. The 1860 border has 16 rows, and Don’s version has 12 rows. the other difference in in construction. Don’s shawl begins with the border which is later grafted onto the center.”

Difficulty: Intermediate Lace

Measurements: 21” x 62”

Yarn Weight/Yardage: #1 Super Fine Weight / 750 yds

Yarn & Colorway: JADE SAPPHIRE Lacey Lamb 1 ball in 225 Blueblood Red


  • 3.25mm/US 3 circular needles, or size to obtain gauge, 60cm (24”) or longer
  • Two 3.25mm/US 3 double-pointed needles


  • Stitch markers
  • Blunt needle


  • For a longer and wider shawl, each additional 4-row/6-stitch repeat of Chart A adds approximately ¾“ to length and 1¼” to width. This stitch grows wide very quickly; reduce the number of stitches cast on if you wish a deep shawl.
  • If preferred, border can be sewn on, attaching 4 border rows to each loop along curved edge.

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