The Dolly Bantry Shawl
This shawl is worked with a top down construction technique. The ruffle at the bottom edge is formed with a variation on Feather and Fan lace that grows with the addition of extra yarn overs. The simple lace is charted and written in text format.
The pattern has been written with several recommended combinations of yarn. It also makes a great stash busting project. The pattern notes are written with enough detail so that a confident knitter could substitute any combination of yarns for equally stunning results. Any 3 yarns can be used. Choose 1 of a heavier weight, multi-coloured yarn and 2 yarns of lighter weight in coordinating colours. Use a needle 1-2 sizes larger than the ball band recommendation of the heaviest yarn to create a fabric with drape. The yarn with the least amount of yardage will determine the size of the shawl. Work until approximately 45% of the yarn is used and then start the lower edge of the shawl. Stitches are increased rapidly in the edging to form the ruffle. Once ruffle is completed it will add 25% more length to the shawl. The length measurements will increase when the shawl is worn due to the nature of the garter stitch construction.