Wrapped in Tradition by Shirley Paden

Wrapped in Tradition

Pattern description from Wrap Style: “Shirley Paden likes to design projects that combine traditional knitting with contemporary trends. She scouts fashion magazines and consults forecast services to find what’s new in the way of color, silhouette, and design details. Then she finds ways to merge current style with stitch or color patterns rooted in tradition. For this piece, Shirley has chosen a ‘very now’ poncho shape as a vehicle for several ‘very old’ Shetland lace stitches. Worked in a delicate laceweight mohair, the patterns form simple bands that circle this light, airy, and modern wrap.”

Finished Size: 55” (139.5 cm) circumference at lower edge; 23½“ circumference at neck edge, and 22½” (57 cm) long at deepest scallop points.


  • About 675 yd (617 m) of fingering-wight (Fine #2) yarn.
  • Knit One Crochet Too Douceur et Soie (70% baby mohair, 30% silk; 225 yd (205 m)/25 g): #8919 very light gray, 3 balls.

Needles: Size 6 (4 mm): 32” (80-cm) and 24” (60-cm) circular (cir). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions: Size E/4 (3.5 mm) crochet hook; marker (m); tapestry needle; a few yards (meters) waste yarn for provisional cast-on.

Gauge in alpine lace: 18 stitches and 20 rows (1 pattern repeat)= 5” (12.5 cm) wide at deepest scallop point and 2.75” (7 cm) high.

Gauge in clover and diamond pattern: 28 sts (2 pattern repeats) and 36 rounds= 5.75” (14.5 cm) wide and 4.5” (11.5 cm) high.

Gauge in daintier chevron pattern: 16 sts (2 pattern repeats) and 20 rounds (4 pattern repeats)= 3.25” (8.5 cm) wide and 3.25” (8.5 cm) high.

Gauge in trellis diamond pattern: 24 sts (2 pattern repeats) and 36 rounds= 5.25” (13.5 cm) wide and 4.5” (11.5 cm) high.

All gauges given are after blocking

Notes from Wrap Style:

  • The alpine lace lower border is worked sideways, then the live stitches of its last row are grafted together with the stitches from the provisional cast-on to form a ring. Stitches are picked up along the straight selvedge of the alpine lace section, and the rest of the poncho is worked from lower border to neck.

  • Change to shorter circular needle when there are too few stitches to fit comfortably around the longer needle.