This pattern was exclusive to the 2014 Heroines Shawl Club from Wooly Wonka Fibers until June 1, 2014 and is now available as a Ravelry download.
The belle of the ball will always be Katie Scarlett O’Hara, the indomitable heroine of Gone With The Wind. Even dressed in a green velvet curtain, she is unapologetically flirtatious, enticing and captivating. This semi-circular shawl is worked from the top down in the shape of a hoopskirt like those worn by Miss Scarlett, using a beautiful wool and silk blend laceweight yarn. Four different lace patterns represent our heroine’s journey. Like her gentle upbringing, simple increases grow into a regular, small scale eyelet mesh, which becomes a swirling diagonal reflecting the tumultuous Civil War years, and finally straightens into strong vertical lines of hard edged diamonds like her headstrong and determined character. The knit-on ruffled edging is worked sideways in small short row sections and attached to the live stitches of the shawl, avoiding long rows and proving that perseverance will pay off. After all, tomorrow is another day.
Techniques & Skills Used: garter tab, cable CO, knit/purl, lace; this pattern is both written and partially charted for the lace patterns.
Size: 78” wingspan and 28” depth, after blocking.
Yarn: Wooly Wonka Artio Lace (80% Blue Faced Leicester wool, 20% silk; 875 yards/100g); 1 skein, shown in Twelve Oaks. Pattern requires 815yards/93g; see Designer’s Notes for suggestions on adjusting for different yardage.
Other Materials: US 5 (3.75mm) 40” circular needle; Scrap yarn for provisional CO; Stitch markers (2); Yarn needle.
Gauge: 24 st and 30 rows/4” in Diamond Lines stitch pattern; 24 st and 32 rows/4” in stockinette stitch, after blocking. Gauge is not critical for this project, however a different gauge may result in a smaller or larger finished shawl, and different yardage requirements.
Please note that in the club pdf version only there is an error in the Diamond Last Rep chart. Chart Row 9 is missing the SSK and K2tog symbols; the written instructions are correct. For a corrected version of the chart, see the errata link above. The individual download pdf for purchase here on Ravelry is correct.
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