This shawl is named after the garden at Hidcote Manor in Gloucestershire, England. The garden was layed out in the 1920’s by Lawrence Johnston. The Hidcote Garden is characterized by its wild abundant plantings bounded within structured, geometric beds. Hidcote Garden is also famous for it’s lavender varieties. The shawl is divided up into 3 sections. The upper border that resembles a field of flowers. The middle section is clean and geometric, being reminiscent of the beds that the flowers are planted in. The third section was designed to mirror the lavender that is named for Hidcote Garden. This shawl is extra large, making it wonderful to wrap up in for a stroll in the garden, or an elegant evening out.
Gauge: 24 sts and 36 rows per 4 inches (10 cm) square in stockinette after blocking
Finished Measurements: 90 inches (227 cm) across the top, and 44 inches (112 cm) from neck to point.
Yarn Requirements: 1300 yards of laceweight yarn. Shown in KnitPicks Shadow in ‘Oregon Coast Heather’.
Needle Size: 3.25 mm (US 3) 24-29 inch circular needle or size needed to obtain gauge.
Pattern Includes: charts and text translations of charts
Stitches Used: knit, purl, k2tog, k3tog, k4tog, ssk, sssk, yo, yo2, Centered Double Decrease, sl1 k2tog psso.
Other Details: This shawl is worked from the neck down, using yarn overs on each end of each right side row to shape the “wings” and paired yarn overs in the center of each right side row (separated by a center stitch) to shape the point down the spine. These 4 increased stitches are added every right side row, making each row successively longer than the last, so that what started with a few stitches cast on, ends with hundreds. This holds for all but the final chart, where you are only increasing around the center stitch, and actually decreasing on the edges. The very beginning of this shawl is worked with a provisional cast on and a garter stitch strip, and you will pick up stitches from the side of the strip to start the patterning. This creates a stable edge and makes the 3 stitch edging continuous.