I originally created this delicate shawl for Wooly Wonka Fiber's Heroine's Club. I love to consult my girls when choosing a subject for Anne's clubs, because they are always themes that interest them. This was particularly true for the Heroine's club. The list of suggestions that we sent to Anne was quite long. Happily she chose a favorite of Izzy's - Irene Adler. Before I go on, I must confess to never having read any of the Sherlock Holmes books (I know, this needs to be rectified). But I have seen all of the movies, and adore the PBS series with Benedict Cumberbatch. "Consulting Designer" Izzy however has devoured all of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock books and was thrilled to have me creating a shawl inspired by her suggestion of Ms. Adler.
Since the character of Irene Adler is highly intelligent, complex, and beautiful, I wanted a to create a shawl that embodied these characteristics. Sharp lace chevrons, give way to mock cables which twist back into chevrons and from there the shawl moves into a beautiful, curving lace pattern, with an gently scalloped bottom edge.
The color that Anne sent for this shawl is equal to the character of Irene Adler. It is beautiful and feminine without being cloying, or fragile. Rather, "Bohemia" is a rich rose, not quite red, but definitely not pink. Like Irene herself, it is difficult to pin down the color. Each time you see it, you will see something different.
Irene Adler is a half-circle shawl, worked from the top down to the bottom edge, all in one piece. Both charts and written instructions are given for the stitch patterns. The pattern is written for 3 sizes, and with the hefty 1200 yard hanks that Thalia Lace comes in, there is plenty to knit any of the sizes using just one skein.
Sizes: S [M, L] (Shown in size S)
Finished Measurements: 50 [54.25, 58.5]” wide across top edge x 20 [22, 24.25]” deep from top edge to hem.
Yarn: Wooly Wonka Fibers Thalia Lace, 80%
Merino / 20% Silk, 875 yards / 800m per 100g
skein, color: Bohemia, 1 [1, 1] skeins
The shawls use approximately 500 [700, 800] yards of the called for yarn.
Needles: US 5 (3.75mm) 32” circular needles or size to obtain gauge
Gauge: 18 sts & 34 rows = 4”/10cm in Stockinette Stitch- blocked, always take the time to check gauge
Other Materials: 9 stitch markers, tapestry needle
Price: $6.50 US
Thanks as always to my dear friend Karen Clark for tech editing and test knitting (in two different weights - she made one in lace weight and a second in fingering weight using two skeins of Nimue Sock for the size M.)