Derby Wedding Veil by Joan of Dark aka Toni Carr

Derby Wedding Veil

August 2008
Lace ?
36 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in Lace Stitch
US 5 - 3.75 mm
470 yards (430 m)
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Pattern description from Knockdown Knits: “Every year there is a roller-derby convention called RollerCon, in Las Vegas, NV. At RollerCon, a very interesting celebration is held, one that likely makes a passerby stop and go, ‘Huh?’ About 300 roller girls will gather to get ‘married.’ Now by married I don’t mean the traditional, ‘’til death do us part’ type wedding. when one roller girl takes a ‘wife’ she’s basically saying, ‘You are the person who will bail me out of jail if need be, or keep me from drinking too much at the bar and starting a fight, or stop me from calling that guy who treats me like crap because I think I can’t do any better.’ It’s the ultimate expression of friendship between roller girls and what better way to make it official than stating out loud that you have found your derby wife for life? To make the occasion even more memorable, knit up this simple veil. it’s intricate and pretty enough to make you feel like a bride, but simple enough to whip up that you won’t feel bad if it gets ruined at the ‘reception.’ While the lace pattern and shaping aren’t too difficult, this pattern is still rated ‘vet’ simply because it’s a little tricky for the Fresh Meat or Rookie knitter who has never worked with lace. It’s also pretty easy to lose your place or forget which row you’re on! However, if you’re a Fresh meat or a Rookie with plans to head to RollerCon and get hitched by Elvis, then go for this one! Trial by fire is a saying in both derby and knitting with my girls!”

Skill Level: Vet


  • Malbrigo Lace (100% merino wool, 470 yd. 430m per 1.75 oz/ 50g skein): 1 skein #63 Natural
  • US 5 3.75mm straight needles
  • Tapestry needle
  • Thin plastic headband or hair clip (optional)
  • 1 derby wife
  • 1 Elvis impersonator (optional)

Finished Measurements:

  • Length: 15-18” (depending on fastening preference)
  • Width: 17.5”

Gauge is not crucial for this pattern