Painted Ladies by Awilda B.

Painted Ladies

February 2016
Light Fingering ?
28 stitches = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 3 - 3.25 mm
372 - 400 yards (340 - 366 m)
32 centimetres (12.5 inches) deep and 152 centimetres (60 inches) long from tip to tip, after blocking.
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Inspired by the iconic houses in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury, this shawl invokes the Victorian Painted Ladies, the cityscape beyond, and stars in the twilight skies. The lace and cable shawl is worked in one piece with the body worked first and the edging, the staircases for the Ladies, knitted on to finish.

Worked in a gorgeous gradient Fresh From the Cauldron colourway of the same name created for Stitches West, the shawl works best with a FFTC gradient or semi-solid.


  • One 3.25 mm (US Size 3) long circular needle: a 100 cm (40 inch) needle is recommended.
  • One DPN or cable needle to work cables, if desired
  • Tapestry needle to weave in ends Gauge

Skills Needed

  • Basic knitting skills: knit, purl, knit two together (k2tog), slip slip knit (ssk), and yarn over (yo).
  • Intermediate knitting skills: make one knitwise (m1), knit front and back (kfb), purl front and back (pfb), slipping stitches, and a gathered stitch (with instruction).
  • Cable knitting skills: 2, 3, and 4 stitch cables.

As with all my patterns, any errata discovered for this pattern will lead to an edit and update of this pattern - no chasing of errata necessary! :)