A Strong Gift for Magic by a catnach

A Strong Gift for Magic

November 2018
Any gauge - designed for any gauge ?
350 - 875 yards (320 - 800 m)
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This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

A crescent shawl, worked top-down from a small cast-on. All three lace charts may be repeated as you choose, thus the shawl is fully adaptable in size.

The main instructions are for a shawl with all-over lace. If you prefer to work a plain yoke with wide lace border, as in the red sample, a note is included of how to adapt the pattern.

Suitable for any yarn with good stitch-definition, and any yardage from about 320m/350yds upward.

All three samples were worked in heavy laceweight yarn:
. the gold-cream-purple gradient shawl used just under 98g = 590m/645yds
. the blue-purple gradient shawl used 91.5g = approx. 550m/600yds
. the non-gradient red shawl used just under 62g = 370m/405yds


Please note that the pattern is given as charts only, with little written explanation. It should present no difficulties to knitters with the ability to read their stitches and experience of charted lace, but is probably not suitable for beginners.

If you have any problems with the pattern, please pm me and I shall try to help.


The lace stitch-patterns - Wildfire, Wish and Heart - reflect the shawl’s inspiration: the fire demon Calcifer in Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. They were designed by Naomi Parkhurst. Further details, and more of Naomi’s fascinating coded laces, may be found at her blog-site, String Geekery.