Thaden's Asymmetrical Shawl by Marie Segares
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Thaden's Asymmetrical Shawl

November 2014
Lace ?
27 stitches and 14 rows = 4 inches
in pattern
3.25 mm (D)
600 - 725 yards (549 - 663 m)
60” (152 cm) wingspan x 10” (25 cm) spine before blocking; 64” (163 cm) wingspan x 10” (25 cm) spine after blocking
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The inspiration behind this pattern was pioneering aviatrix, Louise Thaden, who won the first Women’s Air Derby (in 1929), and was the first woman to win the Bendix Trophy (in 1936, the first year women could compete against men). Thaden had a wonderful sense of style and frequently wore neckwear. (You can find more pictures on my Louise Thaden Pinterest board.)

This shawl has a scalene triangle shape and features an asymmetrical border design. It works equally well as a scarf or shawl. The use of several different simple stitch patterns make this design perfect for a hand dyed yarn, like Dream in Color Jilly Lace, because the stitch patterns are subtle enough to let the yarn shine. The jumbo skein of Jilly Lace also makes this a one-skein project.

Skills Used
Basic crochet stitches: chain, single crochet, double crochet, slip stitch
Crocheting in rows
Crocheting in the round
Decreasing (dc2tog and dc5tog with written explanation in pattern)
Special stitch (crossed double crochet with written explanation in pattern)

Skill Level

Finished Size
60” (152 cm) wingspan x 10” (25 cm) spine before blocking; 64” (163 cm) wingspan x 10” (25 cm) spine after blocking

Dream in Color Jilly Lace (100% Merino wool, 4 oz/113 g, 880 yd/805 m) – 1 skein in 731 Wineberry, or approximately 725 yd (663 m) in any lace weight yarn.

US D-3/3.25 mm crochet hook, or any size needed to obtain correct gauge.

Yarn needle.

3 locking stitch markers.

27 sts x 13 rows in pattern = 4” (10 cm). Exact gauge is not critical for this project.