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.
Wilshire is a contemporary lace top-down triangular shawl inspired by the classic Art Deco architecture of Los Angeles, particularly on Wilshire Boulevard, that captivated me when I lived there a few years ago. The bold geometric forms of chevrons, diamonds and zig zags which are characteristic of Art Deco design have been incorporated into the wide border of the shawl, with diamond bands breaking up the stockinette sections of the shawl body.
Wilshire is offered as a chart-only pattern with large, easy-to-read charts and very detailed instructions on how to use them. Even knitters who have not previously used charts should find these user-friendly and simple to comprehend.
Also included are two additional instruction sheets that may be helpful for knitters who are new to lace shawl knitting: “How to Block a Lace Shawl” and “Lace Shawl Knitting Tips.”
Wilshire would look lovely knitted in either lace or fingering weight yarn. The yarn used in the pictures was a very heavy weight lace yarn. If a standard or extra fine lace yarn is used, I recommend a smaller needer to maintain an opaqueness in the stockinette section of the design. Use of fingering weight yarn will increase the size of the shawl, so a US 5 needle is recommended unless you are looking to knit a large blanket! If you are a loose knitter, you may wish to adjust the needle sizes accordingly.
A solid, tonal or subtly variegated yarn is recommended to showcase the intricacy of the border design.
- Skill Level: Intermediate
- Materials: 3 skeins of Knitting Notions Classic Merino Lace yarn
- Finished 76" x 38"
- Yarn Requirements: 850 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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