Laudine Shawl knitting pattern
This elongated triangular shawl begins with a garter tab cast on and works its way out from the center, increasing every row. Using three colors reveals a chevron pattern and the final section uses a ruffle. Pattern includes both written directions as well as charts for the stitch pattern. Worked in a worsted weight yarn with knits and purls, this is a shawl to keep you warm and cozy on a cold day (perhaps snuggle up in a comfy chair with a good book?).
Malabrigo Merino Worsted (100% Merino, 210 yds/192 m per 100 g skein); 3 skeins, 1 in each color; sample uses colorways Marron Oscuro (C1), Strawberry Fields (C2), and Tuareg (C3)
or 210 yds (192 m) each of 3 colors in worsted weight yarn, such as Round Table Yarns Lancelot
US 8 (5.0 mm) 32" (80 cm) circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
2 stitch markers
25 stitches and 32 rows over 4" (10 cm) in knit/purl pattern
60" (152 cm) on long edge, 46" (117 cm) on short edges, and 19" (48 cm) from point to edge
The pattern has been professionally printed on 80# cover stock and uses a half-fold binding (created by folding a single sheet that is twice the size of the finished product in half, creating a 4-page publication). The size of the pattern is letter size (8 1/2" x 11").
Electronic PDF Version Included
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The Story Behind the Pattern Name
A French author, Chrétien de Troyes, wrote several Arthurian stories in the twelfth century. One of those was “Yvain, the Knight of the Lion.” In this story, Yvain falls in love with and marries Laudine, but a fellow knight convinces him that married life (staying around at home with his wife) is no life for a knight, so Yvain should leave his wife behind and go out on adventures. Laudine agrees to this—but only for one year. After that year, Yvain should return to her.
But Yvain has such a great time on his adventures that he forgets about going back to his wife after a year, so when he does try to return, she is not welcoming and refuses to let him return. Yvain is so upset that he goes mad (as in crazy) for a while but finally decides he must do something to win back his wife. After rescuing a lion, the lion becomes his companion and they continue on to defeat other enemies. On one of those adventures, he rescues a woman from being burned at the stake, and in return (after a few more adventures), she helps him reconcile with Laudine.
Photos copyright Karen Robinson. Pattern layout by Elizabeth Green of Stitch Definition.