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Irene Adler

Irene Adler

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.

Irene 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.

Irene Adler

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

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.

Irene Adler

Irene Adler

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.)


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It was, as ALWAYS, so awesome to work with you. I loved working up the color and then the shawl totally took it to another level - so so pretty. (And I can see Ms. Adler whisking it around her shoulders to hop on a train somewhere, or throw on to visit the opera too!) :)

Oh Kirsten, I love love love this - just purchased the pattern. Have a great sort of dark cherry yarn to use - or should it be the bright red? I've made several of your shawls, but have been on hold the past several months. This may get me going again!!

Gorgeous! And funny, I had just put the Sherlock Holmes books in my audiobook queue. I listen while I run (and while I knit!). I've been a fan of the PBS series and I decided I should get acquainted with the books before the next season.

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