Layla Shawl by Denise Bell

Layla Shawl

March 2013
Lace ?
Center leaf motif 4.5 inches blocked
US 4 - 3.5 mm
900 - 1000 yards (823 - 914 m)
This pattern is available for $6.00 USD
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The Layla Shawl was inspired by a dream of a beautiful formal garden located in what is actually a haying pasture on our farm. Sure that I’d never have a formal garden I began sketching my dream garden on paper, translating what I saw into stitches and negative space created using fine silk yarn to depict four pathways emerging from a central point leading to more complicated geometry.

The name Layla derives from the Persian fable of Layla and Majnun, a classic story of unattainable love, such as a formal garden in the rural Oklahoma landscape.

The shawl is knit from the center out and measures approximately 56 inches across the center, from point to point, after blocking.