The Emperor and the Scarab by Mary-Anne Mace

The Emperor and the Scarab

October 2014
Lace ?
19.5 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in stocking stitch
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
640 - 700 yards (585 - 640 m)
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This shawl is my homage to the beautiful Emperor Gum Moth. Emerging from a background of stocking stitch, this unusual moth is accompanied by a little scarab beetle with outstretched wings - two unlikely insects with their own distinctive beauty. This shawl uses right and left twists to enhance wing shapes and antennae, and merge like tendrils into a lace border finished with optional picot points.

Pattern includes full instructions, including instructions on how to work the lace charts.

If you wish to substitute yarn, select a heavy lace weight (or even a 3 ply) with a good twist in order to enhance the textured nature of the lace stitches. The shawl illustrated used just over 3 balls of Zealana Kiwi in the colour-way: Majesty.

Required Skills:
Increases: yarn over
Decreases: k2tog & SSK on RS rows, p2tog and SSP on WS rows; s2kp2
Right and left twists

Full instructions are given on how to work these stitches

Finished Measurements:
45 cm (18 inches) deep at centre and 208 cm (82 inches) along the top/neck edge.
Sample illustrated used approximately 635 metres of yarn (695 yards)