Knitting Notions is a family owned and operated business. We opened in 2005 with our first product, our handmade Yarn Swifts, and have added to our product line as our business grew. We now produce a large line of handmade wood and leather products as well as hand dyed merino wool yarns. 99% of the products that we sell are made by us or another American small business.
Glenallen is a contemporary, top-down triangular lace shawl. I will admit that I’ve always been a bit obsessed with the 1920s—the amazing clothing, silent movies and in particular the Art Deco design that began to flourish in the decade. When I first saw the pattern for the body of this shawl in a stitch dictionary, I knew I had to incorporate it into a shawl design. It reminded me of the interlocking mosaic marble floor tiles that one might find in the lobby of an elegant hotel circa 1925. I could just see Gloria Swanson, the silent movie queen, making a grand entrance, sashaying across this tile floor while dramatically flinging a beautiful shawl across her shoulder.
After revising the pattern to make the diamonds different sizes to add visual interest, I added an intricate chevron border with various Art Deco motifs ending in scallops that represent the graceful archways indicative of the style—and Glenallen was born!
Glenallen is the dressy, big sister design to my Wilshire Shawl, which also uses Art Deco motifs and has a revised version of the more open mesh Glenallen border.
Glenallen is offered as a charted pattern with large, easy-to-read charts and very detailed instructions on how to use them. Also included are detailed blocking instructions. The pattern has been test knitted and tech edited.
The size of the shawl may be easily customized by working more or less chart repeats of the main body pattern. Shown in lace weight yarn, Glenallen would look lovely in fingering weight as well. A solid or tonal yarn is highly recommended to showcase the intricacy of the design.
- Skill Level: Intermediate with experience using charts
- Materials: 3 skeins of Knitting Notions Classic Merino Lace yarn
- Finished 76" x 38"
- Yarn Requirements: 800-900 yards of lace weight yarn
- Gauge: 20 stitches = 4” in stockinette, washed and blocked
- Needles: 24" or 32" size 3 US circular or size needed to achieve gauge
Designed by Dee O'Keefe of Designs by Dee.
Used by permission from Dee O'Keefe
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