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Barbara Benson

for Barbara Benson Designs   2016

La Dame Blanche

Worked in the amazing natural yarn from The Ross Farm, this shawl evokes the rustic elegance of the Outlander series. Specifically the name is a reference to the pseudonym the protagonist receives during the French portion of the story.

While holding only one yarn at a time, this shawl is Mosaic Lace -- a fusion of slip stitch color-work and lace techniques. There is no yarn management of a carried yarn (except up the side), only knitting stripes and slipping stitches.

The shawl is cast on at a tip and worked in ever increasing rows to a long bind-off trim. One could easily expand the size by adding repeats (and yarn). The stitches include basic lace increases and decreases as well as strategically placed double decreases.

NOTE: Instructions are provided in both chart form and fully written out.

Yarn: Ross Farm Fibers Sport Weight in 2 contrasting skeins, 250 yards / 100g per skein
Needle: US 6/(4 mm) or size needed for gauge
Size: 29" X 36" (74 X 91 cm)
Gauge: 8 sts & 11 rows over 2 inches in stockinette

Due to the nature of the naturally colored wools, sheep-specific colors are often unavailable or discontinued. This piece can be knit in any combination of colors that have high contrast with one another.

Pattern Detail

  • main body and edge trim is charted
  • no schematics
  • no sewing
  • all season
  • no sewing, top-down, straight (flat)
  • 29 inches by 36 inches (74 cm x 91 cm)
  • digital PDF has 4 pages (letter size)
  • intermediate
    • 4 x 4 in
    • 4.0 mm
    • US 6
    • 16.0 st st
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