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My name is Deborah, and I design under the name ObliviousKnits. I've been making things my whole life, mostly self-taught. I taught myself to knit about 11 years ago. I got obsessed!
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Boleyn Shawl

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(6) Name: 'Knitting : Boleyn Shawl
Boleyn Shawl delicate yarn/sharp points
Boleyn Shawl warm, yet transparent
Boleyn Shawl gauzy and lightweight
Boleyn Shawl elegant drape
Boleyn Shawl points blocking

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knit
  • purl
  • yarn over
  • s2kp
  • ssk
  • k2tog

Pattern Description:

Boleyn Shawl is the first piece in the Six Wives of Henry the VII series.
It is a top neck down triangular shawl. The stitch pattern of the body is very easy to memorize, making it a good first lace shawl project.
A rapid increase in stitches near the border gives a slight chevron shape to the wingspan, making it wide enough to wear in a number of ways.
It can be knit in dk weight as written, or in fingering weight/sock weight yarn by changing needle size to size 8 and 7 needles.
Boleyn is an especially good pattern for use with mohair or yarn with a halo, as there is a lot of open space for the halo to fill in.
The pattern is both charted and written, and includes many photographs.


Gauge is not crucial: 1 pattern repeat is about 2" in length after blocking. The shawl is worked at much larger gauge than the yarn label calls for, making a very stretchy, mesh fabric.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • approximately 28" x 60" after blocking


  • 400 yards dk weight OR
  • approx 440 yards fingering weight
  • US 9 and US 8 32- 40" circular needles for DK yarn OR
  • US 8 and US 7 32 - 40" circular needles for fingering weight

You Will Also Need:

  • 4 stitch markers (optional)
  • tapestry needle for weaving in ends
  • blocking supplies

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