Fair Oriana by a catnach

Fair Oriana

October 2019
601 - 1312 yards (550 - 1200 m)
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This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

Inspired by the wondrous embroidered costumes of Elizabethan portraiture, Fair Oriana is a triangular shawl with crescent edging, worked top-down from a small cast-on.

Size is adaptable. Each of the body sections and the lace border may be repeated as you please.

The larger diamond-shaped medallions may be worked plain or with a lace insert, as shown in the photographs, and there are two options for the edging lace.

Suitable for any yarn, from cobweb to fingering weight, that knits with good stitch-definition:
. the gold-to-purple gradient shawl used approx. 105g = 840m/920yds of lace-weight yarn. Top edge 178cm; depth 86cm
. the pink-to-cream gradient shawl used just under 90g = 540m/590yds of heavy lace-weight yarn. Top edge 150cm; depth 74cm

If you are using a gradient or other colour-changing yarn, you are advised to choose one with long, smooth transitions. This is not a design that responds well to strongly defined stripes of colour.


Please note that the design is given as charts only, with little written explanation. It should present no difficulties to knitters with experience of working lace and crossed stitches (C2F and C2B), and the ability to read their work, but it is not really suitable for beginners.

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


The lace stitch-patterns – Wilderness and its derivatives Wild, Buttercup and Out of the Wild – were designed by Naomi Parkhurst. Further details, and more of her fascinating lace-stitch designs, may be found at her blog-site, String Geekery.