The Madeira Shawl is a fingering weight, crescent-shaped shawl featuring Old Spanish lace stitch patterns such as the Madeira Cascade and Madeira Mesh, adding some exquisite, lacy charm to the shawl. The shawl is worked bottom up, beginning with the lace border, followed by the mesh pattern and then knit into a crescent shape using short rows. The shawl is embellished with beads in the cast on and the bind off to add some glitter and sparkle to the piece.
Beaded long tail cast on
Pre-string beads onto yarn
14” [35.5 cm] depth, 60” [152 cm] wingspan at the lace border and 40” [102 cm] wingspan at the top border
Eden Cottage Yarns Titus 4ply (75% superwash merino and 25% silk; 436 yards [400 meters]/100 grams): Dianthus, 1 ball
Size US 6 (4 mm): 32” [80 cm] circular
Removable stitch markers; tapestry needle or crochet hook to weave in ends and add beads; approx. 205 size 6/0 (4 mm) beads
20 sts and 32 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st after wet blocking.
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The shawl is worked bottom up in one piece beginning with a beaded cast on, followed by the lace border and then the stockinette body. The plain stockinette section is shaped by short rows to form a crescent shape. The shawl is flanked by garter borders at either end.
Work the lace border and mesh body either from the chart or the written instructions.
Note: Use of beads is optional. You can cast on and bind off without beads.
Cascade Lace Border
Pre-string 125 beads onto a yarn end.
CO 249 sts using the beaded long tail cast on as follows: CO 1 st and add bead on it; CO the 2nd st plain. Every odd st is cast on with a bead, every even st is cast on plain without the bead. Continuing in this way, your 248th st will be a plain one and you will end with a beaded cast on for the 249th st.
Using the chart above or the written instructions below, work rows 1-20 of the Madeira Cascade lace border 2 times. The lace border includes a 2 st garter edge at either end.
On the last rep of rows 7 and 15, work the final sk2psso st as an ssk.
Madeira Cascade Lace Border
Row 1 (RS): K2, p to last 2 sts, k2.
Rows 2 & 20 (WS): K all sts.
Row 3: K4, *k1, yo, k8, sk2psso, k8, yo; rep from * to last 5 sts, k5.
Rows 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, & 18: K2, p to last 2 sts, k2.
Row 5: K4, *k2, yo, k7, sk2psso, k7, yo, k1; rep from * to last 5 sts, k5.
Row 7: K4, k2tog, *yo, k1, yo, k6, sk2psso, k6, yo, k1, yo, sk2psso; rep from * to last 23 sts, yo, k1, yo, k6, sk2psso, k6, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k4.
Row 9: K4, *k4, yo, k5, sk2psso, k5, yo, k3; rep from * to last 5 sts, k5.
Row 11: K4, *k1, yo, sk2psso, yo, k1, yo, k4, sk2psso, k4, yo, k1, yo, sk2psso, yo; rep from * to last 5 sts, k5.
Row 13: K4, *k6, yo, k3, sk2psso, k3, yo, k5; rep from * to last 5 sts, k5.
Row 15: K4, k2tog, *yo, k1, yo, sk2psso, yo, k1, yo, k2, sk2psso, k2, [yo, k1, yo, sk2psso] twice; rep from * to last 23 sts, yo, k1, yo, sk2psso, yo, k1, yo, k2, sk2psso, k2, yo, k1, yo, sk2psso, yo k1, yo, ssk, k4.
Row 17: K4, *k8, yo, k1, sk2psso, k1, yo, k7; rep from * to last 5 sts, k5.
Row 19: K4, *[k1, yo, sk2psso, yo] 5 times; rep from * to last 5 sts, k5.
Rows 21-40: Rep Rows 1-20 once more.
Row 41: K2, *p2, p2tog; rep from * until last 3 sts, p1, k2. (61 sts decreased, 188 sts on needles).
Row 42: K2, k2tog, k to end. (1 st decreased, 187 sts on needles).
Madeira Mesh Body
Work Rows 1-12 of the Madeira Mesh Body from chart or written directions 2 times.
Row 43 (RS): K2, *yo, p3tog, yo, k3; rep from * until last 5 sts, yo, p3tog, yo, k2.
Rows 44-48: Rep Row 43.
Row 49: K2, *k3, yo, p3tog, yo; rep from * until last 5 sts, k5.
Rows 50-54: Rep Row 49.
Rep Rows 43-54 once more.
Row 55 (RS): K97, turn.
Row 56 (WS): P7, turn.
Row 57: K to 1 st before turning point, ssk, k5, turn.
Row 58: P to 1 st before turning point, p2tog, p5, turn.
Rep Rows 57-58 until all sts have been worked – 157 sts remain on needles; 30 sts decreased.
Pre-string 80 beads to a yarn end. BO all sts using the beaded lace bind off technique. Weave in ends and wet block the shawl.
About the Designer: Jaya
Jayalakshmi (aka Jaya) is a full time mom to twin girls. In the little precious “me time” that she gets, she packs in some knitting.
Her personal design philosophy is to create quick, simple, preferably seamless yet elegant knits that are as fun to knit as they are comfortable to wear.
Her Ravelry ID is jayashankar.