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(6) Name: 'Knitting : ArachnoShawl

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Techniques & Skills Used: longtail CO, knit/purl, increasing/decreasing, dropped stitches; beading (crochet hook method).

Pattern Description:

ArachnoShawl is a triangle with a simple stockinette body and beaded cobweb frill border. Dropped stitches produce the open edging, which is worked from the bottom
up in a web-like construction studded with shiny beads. This shawl is written in three sizes, with instructions for a Sock yarn shawl, DK shawlette, and a DK shawl; the edging may also be made as wide or as narrow as desired.


Gauge: 15 st and 40 rows (12 st and 34 rows) {12 st and 34 rows} /4" in stockinette stitch. 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 48" x 21" (DK shawlette 36" x 18") {DK shawl 48" x 21"}, after blocking.
  • Size: Sock yarn shawl: 48" wingspan and 21" depth (DK shawlette: 36" wingspan and 18" depth) {DK shawl: 48" wingspan and 21" depth}.


  • Yarn: Sock yarn shawl: Madelinetosh tosh merino light (100% merino wool, 440 yards/100g); 1 skein, shown in Denim. DK shawlette: Malabrigo Yarn Silky Merino (50% merino wool, 50% silk; 150 yards/100g); 1 skein, shown in Cape Cod Grey. DK shawl: Malabrigo Yarn Silky Merino (50% merino wool, 50% silk; 150 yards/100g); 2 skeins, shown in Plum Blossom.

You Will Also Need:

  • Other Materials: US 5 (US 7) {US 7} /3.75 (4.5) {4.5}mm 32" circular needle, or size to match gauge; Removable stitch marker; 909 (305) {567} Size 6/0 seed beads; Size 1.25 mm crochet hook for placing beads; Yarn needle.

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