Motte Shawl by Miriam L. Felton

Motte Shawl

May 2010
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette after blocking
US 8 - 5.0 mm
220 - 500 yards (201 - 457 m)
46 inches (117 cm) across the top, and 16 inches (41 cm) from neck to bottom point, with instructions given for making it wider and longer
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This pattern is published in Twist & Knit: A Dozen Knitted Patterns for Handspun, Hand-dyed and One-of-a-kind Yarns.. The printed book (or printed book with digital add-on) can be purchased here. This pattern is also included in Twist & Knit Digital Collection #1.

Designed for versitility, this piece could be knit in ANY weight of yarn, in any quantity (size and yardage will vary).

The blue sample was knit with 220 yards (100 grams) of Lorna’s Laces Pearl (51% silk/49% bamboo, 100 grams per skein) in ‘Sheridan’.

The Purple/Pink Version was knit with 496 yards (4 ounces) of handspun single ply wool/mohair from Ethnicity Goddess Roving in ‘Paradise’. 14 wpi on 4mm (US 6) needles to a gauge of 15 stitches and 26 rows over 4 inches (10 cm)
in stockinette after blocking and a finished size of 60 inches (152 cm) across the top, and 22 inches (56 cm) from neck to bottom point.

A simple geometric lace pattern is transformed when worked across the width of this triangular shawl. Motte means “moth” in German, and the subtle colors and winged motif would put the most beautiful moth to shame.

This shawl is worked from one corner along the wingspan, increasing for the back point, and then decreasing again to the other corner.