The Maltese Shawl
Pattern Description from Victorian Lace Today: “This shawl’s center pattern originally appeared as a Maltese stripe consisting of a series of Maltese crosses. Jane Gaugain’s book of 1847 gives a netting pattern for a mitten in Maltese Spotting brought back by Her Majesty Queen Adelaide (Queen Dowager) from her travels in Malta--a favorite destination for wealthy travelers at the time and an island famous for real lace.”
Difficulty: Intermediate Lace
Measurements: 93” x 26”
Yarn Weight/Yardage: #2 Fine Weight / 1100 yds
Yarn & Colorway: ROWAN Kidsilk Haze 5 balls in 596 Marmalade
- 4.5mm/US 7 circular needles, or size to obtain gauge, 60cm (24”) or longer
- Two 4mm/US 6 double-pointed needles
- The center panel is knit on larger needles; border is knit on 2 dpns in smaller needle size.
- Stitch markers
- Blunt needle
- Small amount of smooth yarn for cast-on
- Place markers between repeats of Center panel.
- Work Center panel first, then work Border, joining stitches to Center panel at end of every WS row.
Volunteer Editor’s note: Many knitters have reported running short of yarn on VLT patterns--check gauge carefully (and purchase extra yardage, just to be safe!)