Margaret Dashwood Shawl by Joanna Johnson

Margaret Dashwood Shawl

May 2012
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches
US 6 - 4.0 mm
550 yards (503 m)
About 12" wide at center back and 74" long
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I designed this sweet rustic lace shawl with young Margaret Dashwood in mind. I imagine one of the first things a young lady in reduced circumstances (living in a drafty cottage by the sea, no less) would need for her wardrobe is a pretty but functional everyday shawl. The shawl is worked from side to side, and the garter and lace edging is a perfect match for the airy, woolen-spun yarn I used. Sized to fit a girl or young teen in a cross-back sontag style, this shawl also has enough length to be worn across the shoulders by knitters of
any size.

Using the simplest techniques for lace and shaping, this is an ideal first shawl for a beginning or intermediate knitter.

Skills needed:

  • Knit
  • Purl
  • Slip
  • Knit 2 together
  • Yarn over
  • Knit front and back