Gotha by Plays With Fibre


April 2020
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 48 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch stripes
US 3 - 3.25 mm
733 - 875 yards (670 - 800 m)
One size: Wingspan 130 cm / 51". Depth 57 cm / 22.5". Bind off edge 111 cm / 43.5"
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Gotha (‘guh-hah’, Irish meaning flourish, gesture or attitude) is a simple shawl designed with two simple objectives; show off a very busy variegated yarn, and have fun with tassels!

Gotha is a triangular shawl, beginning with just a few stitches, working in garter stitch stripes, and increasing the stitch count as the shawl progresses. Columns of slipped stitches worked in one colour only are introduced as you work. These columns draw the eye to the multiple tassels attached to each point, and along the cast of edge of the shawl. The shawl is finished with an applied I-cord bind off and edging.

Skills required:
Knit stitch, purl stitch, slip stitch, kfb increase, kt2tog decrease, picking up stitches, icord edging.
Optional: making tassels.

Size (at gauge given)
Wingspan: 130 cm / 51”
Depth: 57 cm / 22.5”
Bind off edge 111 cm / 43.5”

Fingering / 4 ply weight yarn in two colours, 400 m / 440 yards in each.
Yarn estimates include a 10% allowance for swatching, variations in tassels etc.

For shawl only
Col 1: 90 g - 360 m / 394 yards
Col 2: 80 g - 320 m / 350 yards

Sample uses Hedgehog Fibres Sock yarn (90% super wash Merino, 10% Nylon, 400m / 100g).
Col 1: Ink
Col 2: Juniper

3.25mm needles or size needed to achieve gauge. 80 cm / 32” long, or long enough to allow for 111 cm bind off edge.


22 sts and 48 rows per 10 cm / 4” in garter stitch.
Gauge is not critical but will affect yarn usage and finished size.

Additional Materials
Darning needle for weaving in ends

Stitch markers
Stitch holder / waste yarn
(optional) card & scissors for tassels

Updates / Errata
An error was spotted in Row 18 of the pattern; it should have advised to P2 tbl (instead of K2 tbl). I’ve also added the tassel tutorial. This includes basic tassel making instructions, and specific details about the size of the tassels in this sample. The most recent pattern files end with the date 19.04.

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