Westcott shawl


A versatile shawl with striking back detail


A striking shawl with a lacy spine, eyelet shaping and optional crochet edging, Westcott combines glamour with snuggle thanks to the stocking stitch panels.  It can be worn as a shawl or cape, depending on whether you incorporate the short row shaping in the final stages of the pattern.  The cape can be fastened at the neck with a pin or beautiful brooch that picks up the sinuous lines of the dayflower lace panel – a vintage nod to Victorian times.  Westcott would be equally suited to a special occasion such as a winter wedding, or relatively casual days when you want to give your outfit a touch of glamour.

The shawl is worked from the bottom up, gradually widening, with central lace panels and symmetrical eyelet increases that create a more geometric silhouette.  Short rows are used to create the optional extended edges of the shawl and a triangular shape; if these are omitted, Westcott remains rectangular and can be worn as a cape.  The crochet edging is also optional; without it, Westcott has a narrow garter stitch edging.

Special Techniques

  • 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 pattern is charted, with helpful notes on customisations and yarn substitutions.

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.  Substitution advice is given in the pattern notes, especially for those allergic to mohair, but you may also like to visit YarnSub for more immediate information: https://yarnsub.com/.


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