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I'm originally from the west coast of Sweden, but have traded the rugged cliffs of Bohuslän for the Canadian wilderness. I'm is located in the rural parts of Ottawa and spend most of my summers ...

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Gretel's Shawl

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Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knit, purl, yarn overs, decreases
  • working from charts

Pattern Description:

Hansel and Gretel is a German fairy tale, from the Grimm fairy tales. Hansel and Gretel are children in a starving family. Their stepmother convince their father to abandon the children in the forest. The children overhear the plan, and gather pebbles that they use to mark their way home. At night, when the moon and the stars are up, they return home. The next day, they are once again brought into the woods. This time they mark their way home with breadcrumbs, but they are eaten by the birds, and the children are lost in the woods. They wander and find a gingerbread cottage belonging to a witch.

The body of the shawl is split into thirds. The centre shows the starlit night, surrounded by solid stockinette for the darker parts of the sky, and the edging represents the decorations on the gingerbread house.


20 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches in stockinette, blocked

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Wingspan: 160 cm (63 in), height: 60 cm (23.5 in)


  • 490 yds lace yarn
  • US 5 - 3.75 mm circular needles

You Will Also Need:

  • stitch marker
  • large-eyed, blunt needle

Suggested yarn:

490 yards of Lace weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Handmaiden Fine Yarn Marrakesh



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