Laura’s Apricot Shell Shawl by Camy Tang

Laura’s Apricot Shell Shawl

May 2023
Lace ?
3.6 stitches and 7.4 rows = 4 inches
in Shell lace pattern
US 5 - 3.75 mm
1500 - 1760 yards (1372 - 1609 m)
74” long, 32” wide
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This pattern is available for free.

The is the lace shawl worn by my character Laura, Lady Wynwood, in my books Lady Wynwood’s Spies, volume 4: Betrayer and Lady Wynwood’s Spies, volume 5: Prisoner.

The two stitch patterns are both from the same book, The Lady’s Assistant, volume 2 by Mrs. Jane Gaugain, published in 1842.


74” long, 32” wide

I blocked the shawl a bit aggressively because I was aiming for an airy, delicate shawl that my character, Lady Wynwood, would wear in her elegant drawing room. It would have still looked pretty blocked to only 60” long and 24” wide.

For a modern woman, this would be a lovely shawl to wear to a wedding or perhaps a daytime semi-formal event, because it’s lacy, long and sweepingly dramatic.

If you would like the shawl to be smaller, you can block it to smaller dimensions and/or change the needle size to something like US 2 or US 3 (you’ll need to do a couple test swatches). Once blocked, it would be shorter and narrower, but still have the four repeats of the shell lace pattern in the center.

On my website, you can also download the free PDF of the pattern (via BookFunnel, no email needed).