Pattern includes charts, charted instructions, full written instructions and a schematic.
Fantoosh is a top-down triangular shawl featuring a tesselating allover motif defined by centred double decreases and twisted stitches. In Scots, fantoosh means “fancy”, or a wee bit “over the top”. Worked in a beautiful, handpainted yarn from Old Maiden Aunt, and with a pattern involving both texture and openwork, the design idea for this shawl initially seemed a wee bit more elaborate to me than my usual style. The pattern is, however, surprisingly straightforward: memorised after just one repeat, its graphic motif is intuitive and extremely easy to work. When I’d finished, it was the exuberance of the shawl that pleased me most, and I think it really suits its name – Fantoosh! Two sizes are given here but you can easily adjust the number of repeats to make a shawl to suit you and your yarn. Happy knitting!
Old Maiden Aunt Alpaca / Silk / Cashmere 4 ply (70% baby alpaca, 20% silk, 10% cashmere; 365m / 400yds per 100g skein) in shade Pretty Floral Bonnet. 1 (2) x 100g skeins
Needles and notions
3.75mm UK 9/ US 5 circular needle 100cm / 40in long
Stitch markers of two types - x and y.
Blocking wires or pins.
Waste yarn and 3.75mm UK 9 / US F/5 crochet hook.
16 sts and 16 rows to 7cm / 2¾in over lace pattern worked back and forth using 3.75mm needles, after washing and blocking.
20 sts and 33 rows to 10cm / 4in over stockinette st worked back and forth using 3.75mm needles.
Swatch should be washed and then stretched quite vigorously, to reflect the way the shawl will be ultimately blocked. See finishing instructions in pattern for more information on how to block.
Although it is not vital to match gauge precisely on this shawl, if your gauge is too loose, you will use more yarn (and likewise will use less yarn if your gauge is too tight). The finished dimensions of your shawl will also be affected, so it is recommended to get as close to the recommended gauge as possible.
Wingspan: approx. 114 (180) cm 45 (71) in
Depth: approx. 57 (90) cm 22½ (35½) in