Queen Anne is one of those women that I always knew about, but didn’t know about. Turns out she was a pretty bad ass lady. During her imprisonment, she never stopped plotting: whether it was escape, a coup, or how many angels can dance on the head of a pin, she was always at it. The stitch motif used in this shawl is reminiscent of the bars that confined her, and a garter stitch ruffle pays homage to Elizabethan fashion.
Originally designed for the Wooly Wonka Shakespeare club, Babington Shawl is now available to the public. I am also really excited to announce that I’ll be designing another pattern for the Wooly Wonka accessories club. The year 2013 brings us Heroine theme, and I’ve chosen to design a shawl after one of my favorite contemporary urban fantasy heroines, Kate Daniels. You can sign up to join the 2013 Wooly Wonka Heroines club here.
Babington Shawl knits up very quickly, so if you’re looking for an easy pattern that flies off the needles, this is definitely for you. It requires just a bit more than 400 yards of fingering weight yarn, and does best with yarns that have a nice drape to them or some silk content. Constructed using simple short rows without wraps, Babington Shawl is well-suited for beginners who have little experience with short rows. The lace pattern is a two-row repeat and is very easy to memorize.
Wooly Wonka Fibers Artio Sock (55% BFL, 45% silk; 435 yards per 100 grams) Approximately 420 yards wool/silk-blend required.
Needles & Gauge
US 6 (4mm) and US 7 (4.5mm) needles, circulars recommended
26 sts per 4 inches/10 centimeters, 30 rows per 4 inches/10 centimeters, garter stitch.
65 inch (165 centimeter) wingspan, 6 inches (15 centimeters) deep