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The Snow Queen - Free Pattern

 

Was Anne of Green Gables a part of your childhood? Or maybe you found the peculiarly calming tale later in life? Either way, it remains a favorite among many. One of the main themes that always stands out to me is how Anne uses observation of nature to ground herself through difficult times. The blossoming cherry tree outside her window at Green Gables was a symbol of this ability to me, and as I read through the book with my kids this last time, I had a vision of a stately lace shawl with an all-over flowery lace motif to represent the Snow Queen. 

And here is that vision come to life! Perhaps you'd like to put some flowers in your hair and wrap this shawl around your shoulders whilst you stroll among the meadows. If it makes you late for chores, well, that's ok as long as Marilla doesn't notice. 

(Pictured, three bosom friends)

Materials:

2-3 skeins Briggs and Little Sport (sport weight, 4 ounce skeins, 430 yards per skein)

Size 6 US (4mm) straight or circular needles (worked flat)

Begin:

Cast on 98 stitches, plus 3 selvedge edge stitches. 

Note - the sample shawl is made with two skeins of yarn. If you would like to make a wider or longer shawl, the lace repeat is a multiple of 14 stitches, so you may add a multiple of 14 to make the shawl wider, and of course keep going for the length you’d like. 

The lace chart only shows right side rows. All wrong side rows are purled. 

Right side rows: Slip 1 stitch, work lace chart 7 repeats across, using markers as desired, to last two stitches. Purl 1, knit 1.

Wrong side rows: Slip first stitch purlwise, Purl to end. 

Written lace instructions:

Row 1: Slip 1, *Purl 1, knit 3, yarn over, knit 3 together, yarn over, purl 1, yarn over, slip 1, knit 2 together, pass slipped stitch over, yarn over, knit 3.* repeat between ** to end, purl 1, knit 1. 

Row 2 and all wrong side rows: Slip 1 stitch purlwise, purl to end. 

Row 3: Slip 1 knitwise, *Purl 1, knit 2, yarn over, knit 3 together, yarn over, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, yarn over,  slip 1, knit 2 together, pass slipped stitch over, yarn over, knit 2* repeat between ** to end, purl 1, knit 1. 

Row 5: Slip 1 knitwise, *Purl 1, knit 1, yarn over, knit 3 together, yarn over, knit 2, purl 1, knit 2, yarn over, slip 1, knit 2 together, pass slipped stitch over, yarn over, knit 1* repeat between ** to end, purl 1, knit 1. 

Row 7: Slip 1 knitwise *Purl 1, yarn over, slip 1, knit 2 together, pass slipped stitch over, yarn over, knit 3, purl 1, knit 3, yarn over, knit 3 together, yarn over,* repeat between ** to end, purl 1, knit 1. 

Row 9: Slip 1 stitch knitwise, purl 1, knit 1, yarn over, slip 1, knit 2 together, pass slipped stitch over, yarn over, knit 2, purl 1, knit 2, yarn over, knit 3 together, yarn over, knit 1* repeat between ** to end, purl 1, knit 1. 

Row 11: Slip 1 knitwise, *Purl 1, knit 2, yarn over, slip 1, knit 2 together, pass slipped stitch over, yarn over, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, yarn over, knit 3 together, yarn over, knit 2* repeat between **, purl 1, knit 1.

Repeat the lace chart 33 times, or as long as you’d like your shawl. Bind off.

Block vigorously!

Edging:

You can go for a simple tassel edging, or something fancier if you’d like! For the sample, yarn is wrapped around a book or similar object and then cut and threaded through in groups of 2 strands. You can see more edging ideas here, including a sturdy crochet edge. 

 

Thank you to Ginger the cow for the modeling. 

8 comments

  • Thanks for being so understanding! If you were able to swatch a single lace repeat with selvedge stitches, I think it would help you get the hang of it without the frustration of having to rip out ALL your work!! Also, if you’ve never used a lifeline before, they can be quite handy with lace. I like to use a circular needle cord.

    Lacie (Author)
  • Thanks, Lacie, for the clarification. I think I was including the purl stitch but I will have to go back and see! Maybe I’ll give it a go again! And thanks for the correction!

    LeAnne Pugliese
  • Hello LeAnne,
    Yes, the chart is correct but there was a mistake in the written pattern. It’s been corrected now. The chart only includes the right side as well, which means that the purl side on the back is inferred. That would definitely throw you off if you didn’t know!
    Also, if you did a swatch I’m not sure how. many repeats you did, but it would be important to include the selvedge stitches as one of them has the last purl that the chart can’t include.

    Lacie (Author)
  • I am not an experienced knitter, but I can knit a mitten, so I thought I could do this pattern. However, right off the bat, when I tried to follow the written pattern, I kept coming out with too many stitches. I checked the chart, and on the first row of the chart, you have (after the slipped stitch), purl one, knit three. On the written pattern, you have purl one, knit one. Also, to me, the numbers on the chart should all be odd numbers since the even numbered rows are all purl. It’s confusing to see the chart with both odd and even numbers, but the written pattern is just odd.
    I just was doing a swatch to see if I could handle it, but after seven tries I never once had the right number of stitches after doing a row. I gave up. I just don’t know what I am doing incorrectly, but I do think the written pattern may need some adjusting. The shawl is lovely but too challenging for me! Thanks for sharing nontheless.

    LeAnne Pugliese
  • Beautiful job Lacie!

    Shiloh

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