The Victoria Shawl by Jane Sowerby

The Victoria Shawl

November 2006
Lace ?
18 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
1150 yards (1052 m)
32" x 82"
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Pattern Description from Victorian Lace Today: “The big, beautiful, and simple border of a shawl in Queen’s Imperial Wool from the 1904 issue caught my eye. Alas, as I have found with many of these old patterns, the center oak leaf was mathematically unworkable. Despite swatching and graphing, and with no illustrations as a guide, I could not arrive at anything remotely knittable. However, in Weldon’s 1888 issue, I found a garter stitch diamond pattern for a shawl with a border. When this diamond pattern was paired with the 1904 order, I decided the two were meant to be together. This shawl is a delight, the pattern is fairly easy to knit and also reversible.”

Difficulty: Intermediate Lace

Measurements: 32” x 82”

Yarn Weight/Yardage: #2 Fine Weight / 1150 yds

Yarn & Colorway: NEEDFUL/LANA GATTO Mohair Royal 5 balls in 10083


  • 4.5mm/US 7 circular needles, or size to obtain gauge, 60cm (24”) or longer
  • Two 4mm/US 6 double-pointed needles


  • Stitch markers
  • Blunt needle
  • Small amount of smooth yarn for cast-on

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