16 Aug 2021

New Pattern – the Darlington Lace Shawl


It's almost the end of summer! It's amazing how fast this year is going, isn't it. We are currently in Sweden and enjoying the last of the long summer days and clear blue skies. 

"Sweden?" I hear you ask. Yes, indeed! The borders were opened at the end of July so we rapidly organised flights to catch up with our daughter and son-in-law and meet our gorgeous new grandson, now 10 months old. And yes, he truly is gorgeous and I am, of course, only marginally biased about that! If you would like to see a photo of him from back in January, please click here.

I have also been enjoying knitting along with Anna and seeing her future projects taking shape. There's nothing quite like knitting with your daughter to bring a sense of normality back into the world. I hope everyone else reading this can enjoy similar moments with their families very soon.

In the meantime, I have been finishing up my latest pattern, the Darlington Lace Shawl and it is now in my website shop here. I love this new shawl. It is a perfect weight – warm enough to take the edge off a cool evening outside, yet with a soft silky drape that adds a special touch to any outfit. 

It can worn draped elegantly over your shoulders for an evening at the theatre or a stroll along the embankment. However, it looks equally good if you wrap it around your neck like an oversized scarf to give the finishing touch to a casual jeans outfit.

Darlington Lace from Reversible Knitting Stitches by Moira Ravenscroft & Anna Ravenscroft, Wyndlestraw Designs

The wrap is worked in a beautiful reversible stitch, Darlington Lace, from our Reversible Knitting Stitches book. The stitch is light and airy with gently curving ribs separated by vertical bands of eyelets so it resembles a cool waterfall.

In the wrap, the top and lower borders feature a beautiful co-ordinating ribbed pattern which looks like a row of lily flowers. This gives extra interest to the ends of the wrap and also adds a little extra weight, making it hang perfectly.

I worked the shawl in a lovely dusky blue bamboo/cotton yarn, but it would also look gorgeous in other colours. I could imagine this in a stunning white for a summer bridal party, or in a pale apricot to accent a holiday outfit.

If you would like more information about the Darlington Lace Shawl, please see my website hereThe pattern is also available on my Etsy store as well as Ravelry and LoveCrafts (formerly LoveKnitting). 

 I hope you are enjoying the end of summer where you are and that you are all keeping well. 

Until next time, happy knitting!


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