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She was one of the best known dancers of all time. Unfortunately remembered more for her death and her life off-stage rather than onstage, Isadora Duncan was, to say the least, a colourful character. This colourful shawl seemed just the ticket to name for her. I was also heavily influenced by the Sherman Downey & the Ambiguous Case song about her.

Started as a stashbuster, this fan-shaped shawl uses garter st lace patterns. The original yarn, a multicolored Aran weight, has been discontinued. I recommend Noro Taiyo or Kureyon as a substitute if you like the effect. Any long color multi would work as well. The shawl instructions are completely written out.

Please note that the final section has lace patterning on both right and wrong side rows. For this reason I don't recommend this as a first lace project. 

Measurements: width tip to tip: 44" / 110cm

                           center depth: 20 3/4" /  55.5cm

Gauge: 16 sts & 32 rows = 4"/10cm in garter st, before blocking 

Please check gauge. While exact gauge is not important for this design, a looser gauge will result in the use of more yarn

  • 650 yds/595 m of worsted weight yarn (sample pictured was knit with Bernat Mosaic (209yds/191m = 100g; 100% acrylic) in color 44609 Optimistic)
  • 5.0 mm/US 8 29"/80 cm (or longer) circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge listed above
  • locking stitch marker (optional)
  • tapestry needle
Skills/Techniques Used: 
  • cast-ons: crochet, & e-wrap
  • short rows in garter stitch (explained in the pattern)
  • increases: yarn over (yo)
  • decreases: knit 2 together (K2tog); slip next 2 stitches knitwise and individually, then knit them together through their backloops (SSK); slip next stitch, knit next 2 stitches together, pass the slipped stitch over (SK2P), knit the next edging stitch together with the next tier sttich (K2t*); & knit 3 together through thei back loops (K3tbl)
  • the final edging section has lace patterning on both right and wrong side rows   

Update: With all the important discussions about accessibility going on, I'm making it a priority to go back through my patterns and add low vision pdfs to them. I'm using the guidelines set out by the Accessible Patterns group. Changes in the new pdf include: 22pt font instead of 12pt, photo(s) captioned, and use of bold type and parentheses in place of italics. The low vision file for this pattern is 236KB.

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