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(6) Name: 'Knitting : Arachnophilia

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Techniques Used: long-tail CO, knit/purl, beading (crochet hook & prestrung methods), increasing/decreasing, dropped stitches, short rows; edging stitch pattern is both written and charted.
  • Experience Level: Intermediate.

Pattern Description:

A long crescent-shaped stole with deep cobweb frill border, short row shaping in the stockinette stitch body, and thoughtfully placed beads to highlight the edges and transition rows. Dropped stitches create the open weblike edging, and beaded twisted rib finishes the gently curved stockinette body. This shawl is knit from the bottom up and is written in two versions, with instructions for both Sock and DK weight yarn; the edging may also be customized for depth.


Gauge: Sock yarn shawl: 15 st x 40 rows/4" in stockinette stitch; approximately 6 horizontal web repeats/4".
(DK shawl: 12 st x 34 rows/4" in stockinette stitch; approximately 5 horizontal web repeats/4"), after blocking.
Gauge is not critical for this project; however, a different gauge may result in a smaller or larger finished shawl, and different yardage requirements.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Size: Sock yarn shawl 65" x 9" (DK shawl 60" x 12"), after blocking.


  • Yarn: Sock yarn shawl: Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light (100% superwash wool; 440 yards); 1 skein, Thunderstorm. (DK shawl: Malabrigo Silky Merino (50% merino wool, 50% silk; 150 yards); 2 skeins, London Sky).

You Will Also Need:

  • Other Materials: US 5 (US 7) 40" circular needle. 450 (605) Size 6/0 seed beads. Beading needle for stringing beads. Size 1.25 mm crochet hook for placing beads. Yarn needle.

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the Delaware River Valley, NJ USA
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Recovering attorney and emigree from Seventh Avenue, I like writing patterns almost as much as knitting them. Visit me at

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