Common's Drape by Tess Young

Common's Drape

Knitting
June 2015
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
22.5 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in Garter stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
550 - 600 yards (503 - 549 m)
one size - 54 inches/137 along top edge & 21 inch/53cm drop down centre spine
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Launched on 2nd June 2015 to coincide with the 175th anniversary of Thomas Hardy’s birth at Higher Bockhampton in Dorset.

This deep ‘V’ shaped shawl is knitted from the top down. Starting with a garter tab, it then combines three different textured sections with contrasting garter stripes.

Each textured section is easily mastered and being worked on a 4mm needle makes this a quick but interesting knit.

The ‘V’ shape is deep at the back and the sides wrap and sit nicely at the neck and to the front.

Common’s Drape takes it’s name from the Thomas Hardy poem ‘On a Heath’, which starts:

I could hear a gown-skirt rustling
Before I could see her shape,
Rustling through the heather
That wove the common’s drape,
On that evening of dark weather
When I hearkened, lips agape.

This sample was knitted using 2x50g of Old Maiden Aunt Shetland 4ply in Jasper and 1 x 50g in Blow Winds Blow