Westcott is a striking lace panelled shawl pattern with a lacy spine, eyelet shaping and optional crochet edging. The snuggle factor is increased because of the stocking stitch panels, so glamour meets snuggle! Westcott flows nicely along the needles and is a pleasure to knit because all WS rows are purled. In addition, this versatility makes Westcott a good introductory shawl if you’re working up to more complex designs.
You can fasten Westcott at the neck or chest with a pin or brooch. Westcott suits special occasions like winter weddings, but alternatively you can add a touch of glamour on casual days. The sinuous lines of the central dayflower lace motif are a vintage nod.
The shawl is worked from the bottom up. Short row shaping is used to create the classic triangular shape. However, if these are omitted, Westcott remains rectangular and can be worn as a cape.
The crochet edging is also optional. Finishing is easy because Westcott has an inbuilt garter stitch edging.
- Lace increases and decreases (yarn over, ssk, sssk, k2tog, k3tog, p2tog, ssp)
- German short rows (optional)
- Crochet stitches (optional): chain; UK terms are double crochet, treble crochet, double treble crochet; US terms are single crochet, double crochet, treble crochet. UK terms are used throughout the pattern.
The lace panel pattern is charted and includes helpful notes on customisation. As written, Westcott measures 66cm at the deepest point and 164cm at the widest point.
The photographed sample incorporates the short row shaping and crochet edging. It was knitted in Rowan Fine Lace and Rowan Kidsilk Haze, and the two yarns were held together throughout.
A note on yarn meterage
Please note that you will need approximately 800m of yarn to complete the shawl.
If you plan to knit with a single strand of laceweight, please make sure you have 800m of yarn before you begin your project.
If you’re planning to hold two strands together as one, or knit with the yarn doubled as photographed here, you will need 800m of each strand of yarn to complete your shawl.
Substitution advice is given in the pattern notes, especially for those allergic to mohair, but please visit YarnSub for more information: https://yarnsub.com/.