This shawl commemorates the sad story of Ophelia, from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, who went mad and tragically drowned. It begins with a brocade-like motif to evoke Ophelia’s dress, which held her aloft in the stream. Then it progresses to a floral motif with nupps, and finally to a rippling feather and fan pattern to represent the water.
Gauge: 25 stitches and 34 rows per 4 inch (10 cm) square in stockinette after blocking.
Finished Measurements: 18 inches (46 cm) wide, 76 inches (193 cm) long.
Yarn Requirements: 1200 yards of laceweight yarn. Sample shown in Wooly Wonka Clotho Laceweight in ‘Ophelia’
Needle Size: 3.0 mm (US 2.5) 32-inch (or longer) circular needle or size needed to obtain gauge.
Pattern Includes: charts and text translations of charts
Stitches Used: knit, purl, yo, k2tog, ssk, sl1 k2tog psso, Centered Double Decrease, single row nupps.
Other Details: This shawl is constructed with a long cast on, joined in the round. The rows are worked outward from the cast on edge, with 4 corner stitches to create a rectangle. Because of this construction, every row is a Right Side row, and you will bind off the whole outside edge. After blocking the cast on is folded in half and sewn together to complete the shawl. The diagram here may be helpful if you are having a hard time visualizing this. http://www.flickr.com/photos/mimsical/4730501380/