Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Pattern: HATTERAS Lace Shrug

[updated 14 March 2010]

Cape Hatteras is a wild spot on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, home of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. At the point of Cape Hatteras, large currents from the north and from the south collide and send a spray of water high into the air. The seas and waterways around Hatteras are known as the "Graveyard of the Atlantic," because so many ships wrecked there over the past five centuries. The shallow waters that surround Hatteras and endanger ships are called the Diamond Shoals.

This lace pattern of this shrug is a tribute to Cape Hatteras--the fishnet lace honoring the fishermen who work there, the diamond lace pattern evoking the diamond shoals, and the Hatteras Spray panel in the center recreating the collision of the Labrador and Florida currents.

From fiberarts images

Hatteras is worked from sleeve to sleeve and then seamed to create armhole openings. The actual lace fabric is 20 inches wide--the armhole openings are shaped with garter stitch edging that decreases the size of the opening to fit different sized arms.

The lace fabric is actually composed of three separate lace patterns worked in a symmetrical fashion, bordered and separated by three stitches of garter stitch. Charts and instructions for each of the lace patterns is below.

Sizes XS/S, M/L, XL/XXL. One skein of Malabrigo Lace or comparable yarn in 450 yards, and three choices of varying prices are given in the six-page pattern. Pattern is for sale on Ravelry as a .pdf download. You don't have to be a member to purchase.

From fiberarts images

**Check out the free bodice modification here, to make the fun trim pictured in the first image, above.***

Available for $6.00.

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