This traditional square shawl is inspired by the character of Desdemona from William Shakespeare’s great tragedy, Othello. Desdemona’s handkerchief, which was given to her by Othello upon the occasion of their marriage, bordered in strawberries, becomes a pivotal object in the intrigue, betrayal, and ultimate death of both Desdemona and her beloved Othello.
Gauge: 18 sts and 30 rows per 4 inch (10 cm) square in body pattern after blocking
Finished Measurements: 37 inches (94 cm) square.
Yarn Requirements: 950-1000 yards (about 4.5-5 ounces) of laceweight yarn. Sample shown in Wooly Wonka Merino Tencel Laceweight in ‘Crushed Strawberries’.
Needle Size: 3.25mm (US 3) 32 inch (81 cm) circular needle or size needed to obtain gauge.
Pattern Includes: charts and text translations of charts
Stitches Used: knit, purl, k2tog, k3tog, sl1 k2tog psso, ssk, yo
Other Details: The body of this shawl is worked as a flat square, then stitches picked up all around and a border worked outward in the round. On every odd numbered border round, yarn overs on either side of the corner stitches shape the border.