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In celebration of all things gothic, I designed this shawl for the Halloween installment of Woolgirl’s knitting club. I wanted to make the most of this incredible hand-dyed yarn with its brilliant mix of colors, so I kept the design simple. Gothica’s shape is an interesting asymmetric triangle; it is fairly shallow at its deepest point and elongated to allow for many different ways of wrapping around the wearer’s shoulders - it can be worn as a traditional shawl or a long scarf.
The lace pattern is very easy – only ten stitches wide and just a few basic increases and decreases. This is great for beginner lace knitters and it is also very convenient for counting stitches. I added a few gunmetal-colored beads here and there for extra sparkle, but the shawl will look great even without them (120 6/0 4 mm glass seed beads).
All in all, Gothica is a quick knit, an excellent last-minute gift idea and a great stash-busting project because it uses only one skein of fingering weight yarn.
The Gothica pattern is now available as Ravelry download.
This pattern was originally published as part of the Embrace the Lace Knitting Club from Woolgirl in October 2013.
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