Margarethe Lace Shawl by Kate Gagnon Osborn

Margarethe Lace Shawl

February 2011
Sport (12 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch on larger needle, after blocking.
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
795 - 1113 yards (727 - 1018 m)
About 56 (66)" (142 [167.5] cm) wide at top and 27 (32)" (68.5 [81.5] cm) long, after blocking. Shawl shown in larger size.
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There are two characteristics that distinguish Faroese shawls from other triangular lace shawls—a center gore that divides two triangular sides and shoulder shaping that pro-vides a unique butterfly-wing shape for a better fit. Typically, Faroese shawls are knitted in domestic sheep’s wool in nat-ural colors, employing garter stitch for the main portion of the body. This updated take on tradition is knitted in a luxu-rious and drapey blend of alpaca, silk, camel, and cashmere for next-to-the-skin softness and incredible warmth. It begins with a garter edge, transitioning into a classic lace pattern that flanks a center lace panel. The body is worked in stockinette stitch with garter edges and the shoulders are shaped with double decreases integrated along the neck edge, rather than across the main body portion.