Victoria Shawl

Victoria Shawl

The Victoria Shawl is the second design from lace knitter extraordinaire Aisling Doonan aka Rubysasha.  Knitted using one skein of hand dyed 4ply/fingering weight yarn it’s perfect to wear dressed up or down.
Wanting to make a visually stunning shawl from just one skein that wasn’t too complicated, Aisling embraced her love of double yarn overs to make something special. Her fondness for all things Victorian resulted in the shawls name.

MATERIALS

Yarn: 4ply/Fingering weight yarn 420 metres/459yards

Shown In:

Apple Oak Fibre Works Yeti (100 grammes = 466 metres/ 510 yards, 50% Yak / 50% Mulberry Silk) Shade River Gold

Apple Oak Fibre Works Yeti (100 grammes = 466 metres/ 510 yards, 50% Yak / 50% Mulberry Silk) Shade Orma

Needles: 3 mm circulars, or straights if you prefer

Notions: Scissors, tapestry needle, stitch markers

TENSION/GAUGE

Not critical, but shawls pictured were 34 rows and 24 stitches using the yarn and needle combination above, in pattern.

SIZE

Final Dimensions are: 47″ x 23″ approx.

The shawl shown used 446 yards of yarn and I knit 2 repeats of the pattern before knitting the edging.

NOTES

This shawl is knit in stocking stitch (TIP! If you are knitting in a finer yarn, laceweight or cobweb, use garter stitch throughout as it gives structure to the lace) with a border of 3 garter stitches at each side. There is a central spine stitch separating two identical lace patterned triangles.

On the charts, odd rows (right side facing/front of work) are read from right to left and even rows (back side facing/wrong side of work) and read from left to right.

If you have unlimited yarn and wish to make a larger shawl, the pattern is modular and you may knit for as long as your yarn holds out, by repeating rows 1 – 40, and then row 1 once more. When adding your edging however, you will need to do some maths. The edging connects to the body of the shawl every return row so it uses up 14 stitches for every edging point. Count your stitches (you should have an uneven number) and halve them. If your number divides evenly by 14, great, if not you may need to add some plain rows to the beginning and end. For example, if I have 4 extra stitches I can do two plain garter stitch ridges at the beginning and do a k3tog with the shawl body twice before I get to the centre spine stitch.

Click here for Standard Knitting Abbreviations

CDD – Central Double Decrease 

RS – Slip 2 sts, knit 1, pass 2 slip sts over

WS – Slip 2 sts together, purl next st, pass slip sts over.

Victoria Shawl Chart Key

PATTERN

Garter Tab Beginning

Garter Tab Beginning – Cast on 3 stitches and knit 7 rows, with your knitting in your right hand, turn the tab sideways and pick up and knit 3 stitches from the side, then pick up and knit 3 stitches from the bottom cast on edge (9 sts in total).

The shawl has 3 stitches on either side as an edging, these are knit on EVERY row and are NOT shown on the chart or in the written instruction.

There is also a centre spine stitch separating the two identical triangles. The spine stitch is NOT shown on the chart or in the written instruction.

Place your markers after the 3 side stitches, to mark the centre spine stitch and before the 3 side stitches at the end. I like to use a different coloured stitch marker at the beginning of the row so that I know at a glance if I’m on the right or wrong side of the work.

Beginning with row 1, it should knit as follows – 

Row 1:  K3 (side stitches), YO, K1, YO, K1 (centre stitch), YO, K1, YO, K3 (side stitches)

Row 2:  K3 side stitches), purl to last 3 stitches, K3 (side stitches)

Chart One – Beginning:

Knit rows 1 – 26 once only

Written Instructions – Beginning:

Remember, the 3 side stitches and spine stitch are not included. Knit these on every row (purl the spine stitch on wrong side rows). The written instruction below is knit twice for each row.

Row 1 (RS): yo, k1, yo

Row 2 (WS): p (p1, k1 into every double yarn over)

Row 3 (RS): yo, k3, yo

Row 4 (WS): p (p1, k1 into every double yarn over)

Row 5 (RS): yo, k5, yo

Row 6 (WS): p (p1, k1 into every double yarn over)

Row 7 (RS): yo, k7, yo

Row 8 (WS): p (p1, k1 into every double yarn over)

Row 9 (RS): yo, k9, yo

Row 10 (WS): p (p1, k1 into every double yarn over)

Row 11 (RS): yo, k2, yo, ssk, k4, k2tog, yo, k1, yo

Row 12 (WS): p (p1, k1 into every double yarn over)

Row 13 (RS): yo, k2, k2tog, yo2, ssk, k2, k2tog, yo2, ssk, k1, yo

Row 14 (WS): p (p1, k1 into every double yarn over)

Row 15 (RS): yo, k3, k2tog, yo2, ssk, k2, k2tog, yo2, ssk, k2, yo

Row 16 (WS): p (p1, k1 into every double yarn over)

Row 17 (RS): yo, k3, k2tog, yo2, ssk, k4, k2tog, yo2, ssk, k2, yo

Row 18 (WS): p (p1, k1 into every double yarn over)

Row 19 (RS): yo, k3, k2tog, yo2, ssk, k6, k2tog, yo2, ssk, k2, yo

Row 20 (WS): p (p1, k1 into every double yarn over)

Row 21 (RS): yo, k3, k2tog, yo2, ssk, k2, yo, cdd, yo, k3, k2tog, yo2, ssk, k2, yo

Row 22 (WS): p (p1, k1 into every double yarn over)

Row 23 (RS): yo, k3, k2tog, yo2, ssk, k1, yo, cdd, yo, k1, yo, cdd, yo, k2, k2tog, yo2, ssk, k2, yo

Row 24 (WS): p (p1, k1 into every double yarn over)

Row 25 (RS): yo, k3, k2tog, yo2, ssk, k4, yo, cdd, yo, k5, k2tog, yo2, ssk, k2, yo

Row 26 (WS): p (p1, k1 into every double yarn over)

 

Victoria Shawl Pattern Repeat:

Knit rows 1 – 40 as many times as you like, repeat row 1 once more before starting the edging pattern. The shawl pictured has 2 repeats before the edging.

The red outline shows the pattern repeat.

Chart Two – Pattern Repeat:

Written Instructions – Pattern Repeat:

Remember, the 3 side stitches and spine stitch are not included. Knit these on every row (purl the spine stitch on wrong side rows).
The written instruction below is knit twice for each row. Pattern repeat is in [RED].

Row 1 (RS): yo, k2, k2tog, yo, [yo, ssk, k2, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k3, k2tog, yo], yo, ssk, k1, yo

Row 2 (WS): p (p1, k1 into every double yarn over)

Row 3 (RS): yo, k5, [k2, (yo, cdd, yo, k3) three times], k4, yo

Row 4 (WS): p

Row 5 (RS): yo, k2, yo, ssk, k2, [k1, (k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k1) three times, k2], k1, k2tog, yo, k2, yo

Row 6 (WS): p

Row 7 (RS): yo, k4, yo, ssk, k1, [k2tog, yo, (k3, yo, cdd, yo) twice, k3, yo, ssk, k1], k2tog, yo, k4, yo

Row 8 (WS): p

Row 9 (RS): yo, k1, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k2, [k1, (yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k1) three times, k2], k1, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo

Row 10 (WS): p

Row 11 (RS): yo, k3, yo, cdd, yo, k3, [k2, (yo, cdd, yo, k3) three times], k2, yo, cdd, yo, k3, yo

Row 12 (WS): p

Row 13 (RS): yo, k3, k2tog, yo, k5, [k4, (yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k1) twice, k4], k4, yo, ssk, k3, yo

Row 14 (WS): p

Row 15 (RS): yo, k2, yo, cdd, yo, k4, k2tog, yo, [yo, ssk, k3, (yo, cdd, yo, k3) twice, k1, k2tog, yo], yo, ssk, k3, yo, cdd, yo, k2, yo

Row 16 (WS): p (p1, k1 into every double yarn over)

Row 17 (RS): yo, k8, k2tog, yo2, ssk, [k2tog, yo2, ssk, k4, yo, cdd, yo, k5, k2tog, yo2, ssk], k2tog, yo2, ssk, k7, yo

Row 18 (WS): p (p1, k1 into every double yarn over)

Row 19 (RS): yo, k3, yo, cdd, yo, k2, k2tog, yo2, ssk, k1, [k1, k2tog, yo2, ssk, (k1, yo, cdd, yo) twice, k2, k2tog, yo2, ssk, k1], k1,
k2tog, yo2, ssk, k1, yo, cdd, yo, k3, yo

Row 20 (WS): p (p1, k1 into every double yarn over)

Row 21 (RS): yo, k2, yo, cdd, yo, k3, k2tog, yo2, ssk, k2, [k2, k2tog, yo2, ssk, k2, yo, cdd, yo, k3, k2tog, yo2, ssk, k2], k2, k2tog,
yo2, ssk, k2, yo, cdd, yo, k2, yo

Row 22 (WS): p (p1, k1 into every double yarn over)

Row 23 (RS): yo, k8, k2tog, yo2, ssk, k3, [k3, k2tog, yo2, ssk, k6, k2tog, yo2, ssk, k3], k3, k2tog, yo2, ssk, k7, yo

Row 24 (WS): p (p1, k1 into every double yarn over)

Row 25 (RS): yo, k8, (k2tog, yo2, ssk) twice, [(k2tog, yo2, ssk) twice, k4, (k2tog, yo2, ssk) twice], (k2tog, yo2, ssk) twice, k7, yo

Row 26 (WS): p (p1, k1 into every double yarn over)

Row 27 (RS): yo, k2, k2tog, yo2, ssk, k2, (k2tog, yo2, ssk) twice, k1, [k1, (k2tog, yo2, ssk) twice, k2, (k2tog, yo2, ssk) twice, k1],
k1, (k2tog, yo2, ssk) twice, k2, k2tog, yo2, ssk, k1, yo

Row 28 (WS): p (p1, k1 into every double yarn over)

Row 29 (RS): yo, k3, k2tog, yo2, ssk, k2, (k2tog, yo2, ssk) twice, k1, [k1, (k2tog, yo2, ssk) twice, k2, (k2tog, yo2, ssk) twice, k1],
k1, (k2tog, yo2, ssk) twice, k2, k2tog, yo2, ssk, k2, yo

Row 30 (WS): p (p1, k1 into every double yarn over)

Row 31 (RS): yo, k3, k2tog, yo2, ssk, k4, (k2tog, yo2, ssk) twice, [(k2tog, yo2, ssk) twice, k4, (k2tog, yo2, ssk) twice], (k2tog, yo2,
ssk) twice, k4, k2tog, yo2, ssk, k2, yo

Row 32 (WS): p (p1, k1 into every double yarn over)

Row 33 (RS): yo, k3, k2tog, yo2, ssk, k6, k2tog, yo2, ssk, k3, [k3, k2tog, yo2, ssk, k6, k2tog, yo2, ssk, k3], k3, k2tog, yo2, ssk, k6,
k2tog, yo2, ssk, k2, yo

Row 34 (WS): p (p1, k1 into every double yarn over)

Row 35 (RS): yo, k3, k2tog, yo2, ssk, k2, yo, cdd, yo, k3, k2tog, yo2, ssk, k2, [k2, k2tog, yo2, ssk, k2, yo, cdd, yo, k3, k2tog, yo2,
ssk, k2], k2, k2tog, yo2, ssk, k2, yo, cdd, yo, k3, k2tog, yo2, ssk, k2, yo

Row 36 (WS): p (p1, k1 into every double yarn over)

Row 37 (RS): yo, k3, k2tog, yo2, ssk, (k1, yo, cdd, yo) twice, k2, k2tog, yo2, ssk, k1, [k1, k2tog, yo2, ssk, (k1, yo, cdd, yo) twice,
k2, k2tog, yo2, ssk, k1], k1, k2tog, yo2, ssk, (k1, yo, cdd, yo) twice, k2, k2tog, yo2, ssk, k2, yo

Row 38 (WS): p (p1, k1 into every double yarn over)

Row 39 (RS): yo, k3, k2tog, yo2, ssk, k4, yo, cdd, yo, k5, k2tog, yo2, ssk, [k2tog, yo2, ssk, k4, yo, cdd, yo, k5, k2tog, yo2, ssk],
k2tog, yo2, ssk, k4, yo, cdd, yo, k5, k2tog, yo2, ssk, k2, yo

Row 40 (WS): p (p1, k1 into every double yarn over)

Victoria Shawl Edging:

The edging is knit in garter stitch, knit EVERY row.

With the right side facing, cast on 27 stitches using the knitted cast on method.
Knit 26, k2tog (last edging stitch and 1 stitch from shawl body).
Turn and slipping the first stitch, knit row 1 from the edging chart.
Turn, knit 19, k2tog, yo, k4, k2tog (last edging stitch and 1 stitch from shawl body).

Continue in this manner, repeating the chart 16 times (8 edging points on each side).

Finish with a plain knit row and cast off loosely.

Chart Three – Edging:

Written Instruction – Edging:

Row 1: s, k3, yo, ssk, k12, (k2tog, yo) three times, k2tog, k1

Row 2: k19, ssk, yo, k4, k2tog tbl

Row 3: s, k2, k2tog, yo, k7, k2tog, yo2, ssk, k4, (yo, ssk) twice, yo, k2

Row 4: k13, p1, k9, yo, k2tog, k1, k2tog tbl

Row 5: s, k3, yo, ssk, k4, (k2tog, yo2, ssk) twice, k3, (yo, ssk) twice, yo, k2

Row 6: k12, p1, k3, p1, k4, ssk, yo, k4, k2tog tbl

Row 7: s, k2, k2tog, yo, k7, k2tog, yo2, ssk, k6, (yo, ssk) twice, yo, k2

Row 8: k15, p1, k9, yo, k2tog, k1, k2tog tbl

Row 9: s, k3, yo, ssk, k4, (k2tog, yo2, ssk) twice, k5, (yo, ssk) twice, yo, k2

Row 10: k14, p1, k3, p1, k4, ssk, yo, k4, k2tog tbl

Row 11: s, k2, k2tog, yo, k3, (k2tog, yo2, ssk) three times, k4, (yo, ssk) twice, yo, k2

Row 12: k13, p1, k3, p1, k3, p1, k5, yo, k2tog, k1, k2tog tbl

Row 13: s, k3, yo, ssk, k4, (k2tog, yo2, ssk) three times, k3, (yo, ssk) twice, yo, k2

Row 14: k12, p1, k3, p1, k3, p1, k4, ssk, yo, k4, k2tog tbl

Row 15: s, k2, k2tog, yo, k3, (k2tog, yo2, ssk) four times, k2, (yo, ssk) twice, yo, k2

Row 16: k11, p1, k3, p1, k3, p1, k3, p1, k5, yo, k2tog, k1, k2tog tbl

Row 17: s, k3, yo, ssk, k4, (k2tog, yo2, ssk) three times, k2, (k2tog, yo) three times, k2tog, k1

Row 18: k12, p1, k3, p1, k3, p1, k4, ssk, yo, k4, k2tog tbl

Row 19: s, k2, k2tog, yo, k3, (k2tog, yo2, ssk) three times, k3, (k2tog, yo) three times, k2tog, k1

Row 20: k13, p1, k3, p1, k3, p1, k5, yo, k2tog, k1, k2tog tbl

Row 21: s, k3, yo, ssk, k4, (k2tog, yo2, ssk) twice, k4, (k2tog, yo) three times, k2tog, k1

Row 22: k14, p1, k3, p1, k4, ssk, yo, k4, k2tog tbl

Row 23: s, k2, k2tog, yo, k7, k2tog, yo2, ssk, k5, (k2tog, yo) three times, k2tog, k1

Row 24: k15, p1, k9, yo, k2tog, k1, k2tog tbl

Row 25: s, k3, yo, ssk, k4, (k2tog, yo2, ssk) twice, k2, (k2tog, yo) three times, k2tog, k1

Row 26: k12, p1, k3, p1, k4, ssk, yo, k4, k2tog tbl

Row 27: s, k2, k2tog, yo, k7, k2tog, yo2, ssk, k3, (k2tog, yo) three times, k2tog, k1

Row 28: k13, p1, k9, yo, k2tog, k1, k2tog tbl

 

Finishing:

Weave in all loose ends. Soak the shawl in a suitable wool wash and tepid water for 20 minutes. Rinse in tepid water until the water runs clear. Do not change the water temperature as this may cause the wool to felt. Squeeze excess water out with a towel and pin out the shawl on a flat surface, foam blocking mats on the floor or a double bed with a towel underneath works well.

Pin it out so that there is a gentle tension on the lace and the pattern opens up uniformly. Unpin when completely dry and enjoy!

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ABOUT THE DESIGNER

Aisling Doonan aka Rubysasha is a knitter, designer and writer from County Leitrim. She has been knitting since childhood, but discovered Shetland Lace through Sharon Miller of Heirloom Knitting fame 12 years ago and hasn’t stopped knitting it since. She is addicted to knitting Shetland Lace and Fair Isle and counts Sharon and Elizabeth Zimmermann as her absolute heroes.
You can find Aisling on Instagram @aislingmdoonan, Twitter @Rubysasha, Facebook page Rubysasha Designs and through her blog Rubysasha.
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