Upon the Spanish Main by Kathleen Dames

Upon the Spanish Main

December 2013
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette Stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
400 - 435 yards (366 - 398 m)
Width: 64 inches Depth: 19 inches
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Wrap yourself in a luscious shawl dripping with Spanish Lace before heading out onto the deck of your galleon. A little stockinette over your shoulders, and then Spanish Lace flows down your back. This worked-on-both-sides lace is so spectacular, it doesn’t need a separate edging, though it will require your concentration. You will have pride of place on the treasure fleet in this extra-wide triangle shawl!

I am excessively fond of the wide triangle shawl. The wider shape places more fabric around your shoulders and upper back, while the shorter depth prevents that “arrow pointing directly at your bum” thing that sometimes happens with standard triangles. Plus, I find that no matter how gorgeous a shawl, eventually I stop wearing it occasionally as a decorative piece and start wearing it all the time wrapped around my neck for warmth and gorgeousness-close-to-my-face.

This shape does make lace patterns more complicated to present, since we increase twice as often at the outer edges as we do in the middle of the shawl. But don’t worry! My job is to make your knitting easier, and I have done that here with multiple yet tidy charts and cleverly color-coded written instructions for Spanish Lace.

What you’ll love about knitting Upon the Spanish Main:

  • This lace pattern only looks complicated - there are just two sides and four pattern rows, but they flip back and forth between the sculptural flowers and delicate faggotting that make this pattern so spectacular
  • Spanish Lace is provided in both charted and written formats for every row (I have to be honest here: it was a LOT of work to get this right, and my test knitters were particularly awesome in working with me to make sure this pattern was clear and precise)
  • You will be incredibly chuffed that you can work lace on both sides

What you’ll love about wearing Upon the Spanish Main:

  • Spanish Lace! What else is there to say? It is one of the most gorgeous lace patterns out there
  • Wide-triangle shape is perfect for style or warmth: wear it any time of year as a shawl as I’ve shown here or bandit-style filling in the neckline of your coat all Winter long
  • If you’ve chosen a yarn as decadent as Jill Draper Makes Stuff Splendor Sock (Merino/Cashmere/Nylon), you will want to snuggle up in this shawl all. the. time.

Size/Finished Measurements
Width: 64 inches Depth: 19 inches

Jill Draper Makes Stuff Splendor Sock Yarn 80% Merino, 10% Nylon, 10% Cashmere; 435 yards/398 meters per 100 gram skein; color: Glacier; 1 skein
US6/4.0mm 29-inch circular needle
Stitch markers
Tapestry needle

20 stitches x 30 rows = 4 inches square in Stockinette St.

Skills Needed
casting on
binding off
following written or charted instructions for Spanish Lace pattern (both are included)

Technical Editing: Karen Clark
Test Knitting: galzanne, jennieeilerts, KnitterlyGoodness, luise-k, arzucarolina, chau7, mattnmay, ninjacassy, bluemodesty, bills25, and ludivine77
Photography: Nicholas Dames

Everything you need to create your own beautiful Upon the Spanish Main is provided in the professionally designed (by me!) pattern. Both written and charted versions of the Spanish Lace stitch pattern are included.