Ambition and Cunning by Lotta Groeger

Ambition and Cunning

March 2019
Lana Gatto Silky
Lace ?
31 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
2.75 mm (C)
Width along top: 25.5 inches/ 65cm Depth: 51 inches/130 cm
This pattern is available for free.

This shawl in green and silver colors was named for the motto of Slytherins. You need some ambition to knit this shawl. The construction is not for the light hearted.

The shawl is worked top down in a half-pi increase method. The waves are created using short rows to get the maximum out of precious handspun and luxurious yarns. The lace on the top part has a short repeat to keep the short rows simpler. The lace on the border gives the shawl a nice complex ending. The beads in the bind off add their own sparkle to match your personality.

This gorgeous fibre, 70% merino, 30% silk and 100% gorgeous green, was gifted to me by the lovely friend who also took the pictures of the shawl. The singles were spun on my Turkish spindle and plyed on my wheel. I managed to line up the color changes quite well while plying both singles together. The resulting yarn was a 25 WPI heavy lace yarn that I paired with a slightly thicker commercial yarn, but then you’ll never find a commercial that perfectly matches your handspun.

(Other Hogwarts Houses can follow the same design; just choose the right colors.)

Size: Width along top: 25.5 inches/ 65cm Depth: 51 inches/130 cm

Needles: US #2.5/3mm circular needle, 24 inch/60 cm or longer; US C-2/2.75mm crochet hook; tiny crochet hook or similar if using beads.

Yarn: MC Lana Gatto Silky 100% silk; 234yd/214m per 50g skein; color: 8176 (silver); 2 skeins
CC FeltStudio UK 70% merino, 30% silk; roving; color: green; 3.5 ounces
CC SweetGeorgia Yarns Merino Silk Lace 50% merino wool; 50% silk; 765yd/100m per 100g skein; color: Basil; 1 skein

Difficulty: Lace, short rows, twisted stitches, adding beads, crochet cast-off