Mediterranean Lace by Maureen Egan Emlet

Mediterranean Lace

November 2000
Cobweb ?
38 stitches and 59 rows = 4 inches
in 0-stitch repeat of Chart A using size 2 (2.75mm) needles
US 2 - 2.75 mm
US 0 - 2.0 mm
1.3 mm
3600 yards (3292 m)
For finished size, section knitted with Chart B should measure 30½" by 22".
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Pattern Description from A Gathering of Lace: “The inspiration for this shawl came from a variety of sources. I was invited to a wedding at which the guests were encouraged to come in ethnic dress. Being of Irish descent, my first though was lace. I’ve always loved the deep V shaping on the back of a triangular shawl, but was drawn more to the way a rectangular shawl draped over the arms and down the front of the body. I was reminded of a shawl of similar shaping I had seen, and decided to combine the two ideas for a more feminine and formal look. The lace edging was adapted from a pattern passed down from my grandmother and was added last. I love the way the shawl looks, and the way I feel when I wear it.”

Skill Level: Experienced

Finished Measurements: See schematic, p. 65. Section knitted with Chart B should measure 30½“ by 22”.

Yarn: Jamieson & Smith Cobweb-weight Shetland (½oz/14g; 225yds/205m; wool) 16 skeins White #L1

Needles: Size 2 (2.75mm) needles, or size to obtain gauge. Size 0 (2mm) circular, 48”/120cm long, for border. i


  • 3 extra-large stitch holders or spare needles
  • Stitch markers
  • Rust-proof T-pins
  • Size 10 (1.3mm steel crochet hook)

Blocked Gauge: 38 sts and 59 rows to 4”/10cm in 20-st rep of Chart A using size 2 (2.75mm) needles


  1. Shawl is knit beginning with center back diamond. Sts are then picked up to knit the two side panels, and the border is picked up and knit last.
  2. Charts A and C show pat rows only. all odd rows are purled on Chart A. All even rnds are knit on Chart C.
  3. See Techniques, p. 162, for chain st, double yo, M1, and sl2tog-k1-p2sso.