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Devil's mistress


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Devil's mistress is a top-down small shawl with a garter stitch body and a very easy lace portion. The design features 2 options: the first one is a ruffly picot bind off and the second one is a beautiful vintage attached edging that looks more complicated than it really is. The picot bind off option can be made out of a standard 420 yds skein. The attached edging version requires more yardage and can be made out of 460 yds of fingering weight yarn. The name of this shawl is a conjunction of 2 things: the lace portion of the shawl is based on a stitch pattern named 'Point de Diable' or Devil's stitch, and comes from my favorite old French stitchionary. The second thing is that I actually worked on this whole shawl watching the 4 episodes of 'The Devil's mistress', an English Civil War mini-series. I was really in love with this historic mini-series and I decided to give it the name of the shawl, particularly with the idea that the 2 options makes a bit of the dichotomous way the main character lead her life: a rich looking version with a lace edging and a rough, rustic looking version with the picot bind off. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Increase using yo and double yo Decrease using k2tog and ssk and passing 1 stitch over 2 stitches Knit, purl Make a provisional cast on Bind off Work attached edging (explained in pattern) Work lace form chart or written instructions GAUGE 24 sts and 32 rows = 4''X4'' blocked in garter stitch SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS One size : 48 inches long by 19 inches wide SUGGESTED YARN 460 yards of Fingering weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Knitpicks Capretta COLORWAY Topaz

Recommended with this pattern

  • 415 (460) yds of fingering weight wool
  • US size 4 (3.5mm) circular 32 inches or longer needle
  • Tapestry needle

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I have been designing since 2008 and started being more professionally interested during the year 2010. I focus my designs on my own selfish interests: garments and accessories for boys (or unisex, of course), women and occasionally men. Find all of my patterns on my website: Follow my progress and stop to leave a comment or suggestion on my blog!