La Païva by K.M. Bedigan
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La Païva

Knitting
January 2016
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in Stocking Stitch (on 3 mm needles
US 6 - 4.0 mm
400 yards (366 m)
One Size
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La Païva is the sixth of eight patterns in the Courtesans shawl collection. Available as part of the collection (e-book) or as an individual pattern. Further information can be found here.

Ruthlessly ambitious, Thérèse Lachmann, a.k.a. Madame Villoing, later Madame la Marquise de Païva, finally Countess Henkel von Donnersmark, is perhaps the most notorious of all the Parisian demi-monde. In one memoir, she is described as entering a freezing cold room, bare-armed and dripping with jewels – some kind of mythological monster from the freezing north.

La Païva is a triangular shawl with increasing lace pattern and optional beads, worked sideways.

Materials
400 yds / 366 m fingering weight / 4 ply yarn

4 mm / US 6 needles
Stitch markers (2)
Tapestry needle
Blocking wires / pins

Optional
Approx. 1000 size 6 beads
14 drop 11mm drop crystals
Crochet hook suitable for beading

For reference: The beaded sample uses jump rings to attach the drop crystals due to the small hole sizes in these drop crystals. Alternatively, embroidery thread and a fine needle could be used to attach the drop crystals.

Dimensions
58 x 26 “ / 147 x 66 cm

Gauge
18 sts x 28 rows = 4 “ / 10 cm in stocking st

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Beaded sample shown in Old Maiden Aunt Merino / Silk 4 Ply in the ‘Cold Sheep’ colour way, with silver-lined transparent Miyuki beads and transparent Swarovski crystal pendants.

Unbeaded sample shown in Ginger’s Hand Dyed Bleating Velvet 4 Ply in the ‘Dove’ colour way.