Isernia by Madeleine Windsor


February 2017
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch (after blocking)
US 8 - 5.0 mm
820 - 864 yards (750 - 790 m)
One Size
Flag of English English
This pattern is available for $6.00 USD buy it now

Buy two of my patterns and get one for free! Just place three in your cart and you only pay for two - no coupon code needed.>

Isernia is a long crescent-shaped shawl. It is a beautiful and indulgent piece, yet endlessly wearable, worked all in garter stitch at a fairly loose gauge. The resulting fabric is squishy and soft, and the shawl looks great thrown around the shoulders, but its length means it can also be wrapped multiple times around the neck for a gorgeous cushy scarf!

Isernia is an ancient Roman town in Central/Southern Italy. The beautiful purple recalled the Romans (for whom purple was reserved for royalty), and its combination with the stunning tonal, stony grey reflects the stone buildings and regality of the Romans.

The shawl is an asymmetric, crescent-shaped shawl which uses short row shaping, slipped stitches and colour striping.

Width (wingspan): 240 cm / 94½”
Depth (at deepest point): 38 cm / 15”

5 mm / US size 8 circular needle (minimum 100 cm/ 40” long)
Tapestry needle
Pins for blocking (blocking wires optional)
Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Fingering weight yarn (includes a 10% buffer):
Colour A (purple): 395 m / 430 yards
Colour B (grey): 395 m / 430 yards

Yarn used for the sample:
Spinnwebstube ( Sockenwolle Twister (75% extra fine wool / 25% silk, 420 m / 460 yards per 100 g) in colourways U157 (Colour A) and 908 (Colour B)

The yarn used has a 25% silk content which adds to the drape of the shawl, but other fingering weight wool yarns would work well too. The design is conceived for a variegated yarn paired with a semi-solid or tonal partner. In this way the slipped stitch motifs are seen best, rather than using two variegated colours.

16 sts and 32 rows = 10 cm / 4 inches in garter stitch after wet blocking

If modifying the pattern or not knitting to gauge, different yarn amounts may be needed.

Pattern has been tech edited and test knit