With its wide center panel, Silverleaf is similar to Faroese shawls. But unlike traditional Faroese shawls—which involve casting on hundreds of stitches and working from the bottom up—Silverleaf is worked top-down, beginning with just a few stitches.
The pattern includes instructions for a laceweight version in two sizes, finished with a clean, smooth edge. There’s also a fingering weight version, which ends with a picot bind-off.
Laceweight version (two sizes)—54 (61) inches/137 (155) cm wide across top edge and 25.25 (28) inches/64 (71) cm long from center of top edge to bottom
Fingering weight version (one size)—50 inches/127 cm wide across top edge and 20 inches/51 cm from center of top edge to bottom
--510 (640) yds/466 (585) m laceweight yarn. Sample was knit with Woolen Rabbit Chantilly with Stellina 80% merino wool, 15% silk, 5% Stellina; 850yd/777m per 4oz/100g skein; colorway: Windflower.
--US #4/3.50 mm 24-inch or 36-inch circular needle OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE
Fingering weight version:
--385 yds/353 m fingering weight yarn. Sample was knit with Woolen Rabbit Lucent 70% merino wool, 20% cashmere, 10% nylon; 410yd/375m per 4oz/115g skein; colorway: Oak Moss.
--US #5/3.75 mm 24-inch or 36-inch circular needle OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE
Smooth scrap yarn and size G/4.00mm crochet hook for garter stitch tab cast-on, stitch markers, tapestry needle, stainless steel T-pins, blocking wires (optional but recommended)
Laceweight version—20 sts/38 rows = 4”/10 cm in stockinette st after blocking
Fingering weight version—18 sts/30 rows = 4”/10 cm in stockinette st after blocking
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY
Intermediate. Previous experience with lace is helpful. Stitch patterns are provided in chart form only.
Silverleaf was originally designed for the Woolen Rabbit 2014 Yarn Club, which had the theme “Once Upon a Time.” It was inspired by the Grimm’s fairy tale, “The Twelve Dancing Princesses,” also known as “The Shoes That Were Danced to Pieces.” Each night, twelve princesses sneak away through a secret underground passage to go dancing. They pass through three groves of trees, first with leaves of silver, then of gold, then of diamonds. Twelve princes wait for them in twelve boats on a lake and row the princesses across to a brightly lit castle, where they dance until they wear out their shoes. They return home each morning, get in bed, and pretend to have slept all night. The shawl’s center leaf lace panel represents the trees, and the bands of lace on each side suggest rippling water.