Upon the Spanish Main Shawl
I am excessively fond of the wide triangle shawl. The wider shape places more fabric around your shoulders and upper back, while the shorter depth prevents that “arrow pointing directly at your bum” thing that sometimes happens with standard triangles. Plus, I find that no matter how gorgeous a shawl, eventually I stop wearing it occasionally as a decorative piece and start wearing it all the time wrapped around my neck for warmth and gorgeousness-close-to-my-face.
This shape does make lace patterns more complicated to present, since we increase twice as often at the outer edges as we do in the middle of the shawl. But don’t worry! My job is to make your knitting easier, and I have done that here with multiple yet tidy charts and cleverly color-coded written instructions for Spanish Lace.
What you’ll love about knitting Upon the Spanish Main:
- This lace pattern only looks complicated - there are just two sides and four pattern rows, but they flip back and forth between the sculptural flowers and delicate faggotting that make this pattern so spectacular
- Spanish Lace is provided in both charted and written formats for every row (I have to be honest here: it was a LOT of work to get this right, and my test knitters were particularly awesome in working with me to make sure this pattern was clear and precise)
- You will be incredibly chuffed that you can work lace on both sides
- Spanish Lace! What else is there to say? It is one of the most gorgeous lace patterns out there
- Wide-triangle shape is perfect for style or warmth: wear it any time of year as a shawl as I’ve shown here or bandit-style filling in the neckline of your coat all Winter long
- If you’ve chosen a yarn as decadent as Jill Draper Makes Stuff Splendor Sock (Merino/Cashmere/Nylon), you will want to snuggle up in this shawl all. the. time.
Width: 64 inches Depth: 19 inches
Jill Draper Makes Stuff Splendor Sock Yarn 80% Merino, 10% Nylon, 10% Cashmere; 435 yards/398 meters per 100 gram skein; color: Glacier; 1 skein
US6/4.0mm 29-inch circular needle
20 stitches x 30 rows = 4 inches square in Stockinette St.
following written or charted instructions for Spanish Lace pattern (both are included)
Technical Editing: Karen Clark
Test Knitting: galzanne, jennieeilerts, KnitterlyGoodness, luise-k, arzucarolina, chau7, mattnmay, ninjacassy, bluemodesty, bills25, and ludivine77
Photography: Nicholas Dames
Everything you need to create your own beautiful Upon the Spanish Main is provided in the professionally designed (by me!) pattern. Both written and charted versions of the Spanish Lace stitch pattern are included.