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Spider's-Web Shawls

Knitting
November 2006
Lace / 2 ply ?
18 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches in Stockinette stitch
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
US 9 - 5.5 mm
US 10 - 6.0 mm
5.5 mm (I)
600 - 1800 yards (549 - 1646 m)
Errata available: knittinguniverse.com

Instructions are given for three versions - Half Hexagon, Full Hexagon, and Fichu (half hexagon, center only). Fichu version is beaded.

Pattern Description from Victorian Lace Today: “Victorian houses were undoubtedly full of spiders, and unlike today, people probably saw them as a help to reducing the fly population. The concept of a spider’s web shawl evolved from a pattern around the end of the century.”

Difficulty: Intermediate Lace

Measurements:

  • Half Hexagon: 84” x 36”
  • Full Hexagon: 72”
  • Fichu (half hexagon, center only) 42” x 20”

Yarn Weight/Yardage: #2 Fine Weight

  • Half Hexagon: 900 yds
  • Full Hexagon: 1800 yds
  • Fichu 600 yds

Yarn & Colorway: Shown in book in handspun Polworth/Kid; ROWAN Kidsilk Haze 8 balls in 595 Liqueur; JAEGER Alpaca 4-Ply 3 balls in 395 Damson; Alternate yarns: JADE SAPPHIRE Cashmere 2-ply or TWISTED SISTERS Petite Voodoo

Needles:

  • 4.5mm/US 7, 5mm/US 8, 5.5mm/US 9, and 6mm/US 10, circulars or size to obtain gauge, 60 cm (24”) or longer
  • Four (two), 4.5mm/US 7 double-pointed needles
  • 5.5mm/I crochet hook

Notions:

  • Stitch markers
  • For fichu: 79 glass beads to fit yarn

Note: It is essential to use light-weight beads.

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