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’Lewth’ is Dorset dialect for ‘shelter’ or ‘warmth’ which can be found in the poetry of Thomas Hardy and/or William Barnes, who between them have probably done most to preserve the dialect I grew up hearing, but which is now rarely spoken.

Lewth is worked sideways from tip to tip increasing as you go to the mid point then decreasing.
The stitch pattern is a shifting 2 x 2 rib which works in one direction as you increase and the other as you decrease, this creates a ‘V’ shape in the stitch pattern which follows the line/shape of the shawl.
The tip to tip construction makes it ideal if you want to use up every last bit of yarn – weigh your yarn at the start, stop increasing when you’re half way through your yarn and then start decreasing.
The pattern is a simple 4 stitch 8 row repeat.


Wingspan – 63 inches/160cm
Depth/Drop – 17 inches/43cm


Juno Fibre Arts, Milly DK – 115g = 250yds/229m)
2 x 115g skeins


24 sts and 24 rows = 10cm (4in) using 4mm needles over stitch pattern after blocking

Needles & Materials

4mm (US6) needles or needles required to achieve gauge
tapestry needle


The pattern is supplied a a 3 page English Language PDF download
To read more about this design, please see this blog post
You will get a PDF (4MB) file