Greek Revival Shawl by Elaine Phillips

Greek Revival Shawl

February 2011
Lace ?
20 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
US 6 - 4.0 mm
830 - 850 yards (759 - 777 m)
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This pattern is available for free.

This is a triangular shawl that is knitted from the bottom point of the “triangle” upwards. The advantage of this is that you can make the shawl any size you like: just stop adding rows when you feel it’s done. The main part of the shawl features a stylized cable running down the center, with parallel rays going off to the right and left. This look was directly inspired by the so-called Greek Geometric Period in pottery, which is why I named the shawl Greek Revival.

The geometric theme is complemented by the shawl’s border. The increases between the border and the main part are done as a yarn-over, which is not balanced out by a subsequent decrease. This makes the shaping smooth and invisible. Though it might look a little intricate, it’s actually quite simple to knit. However, as with any lace project, attention to detail is important.

To go along with the written pattern, I also put together a diagram for those who prefer a visual guide. You can either open it up on a computer screen or tablet, or print it out on several sheets and tape them together.