Desdemona's Handkerchief / Blanket by Natalie Servant
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Desdemona's Handkerchief / Blanket

March 2015
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
14 stitches and 18 rows = 4 inches
in background lace pattern, see notes for other
US 2 - 2.75 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
1320 - 1392 yards (1207 - 1273 m)
worsted-weight blanket: 42" / 106.5 wide x 45" / 114.5cm long
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This lacy square handkerchief scattered with strawberries was inspired by Desdemona’s handkerchief. Although Othello describes the handkerchief as being made from silk, I chose to use a light cotton and linen blend because that seemed more like handkerchief material to me. It can be worked in plain white and left plain or dyed, or it can be worked in intarsia. To demonstrate that this project could be decorative and useful, I also made a blanket with worsted-weight yarn.


Handkerchief: 22 sts and 37 rows = 4” / 10cm in background lace patt
Blanket: 14 sts and 18 rows = 4” / 10cm in background lace pattern

Lace handkerchief: 14” / 35.5cm square;