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Common's Drape


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wThis deep ‘V’ shaped shawl is knitted from the top down. Starting with a garter tab, it combines three different textured sections with contrasting garter stripes.

Each section is easily mastered and this is a quick but interesting knit.

The ‘V’ shape is deep at the back and the sides wrap and sit nicely at the neck and to the front.

Common’s Drape takes it’s name from the Thomas Hardy poem ‘On a Heath’, which starts:

I could hear a gown-skirt rustling, Before I could see her shape, Rustling through the heather, That wove the common’s drape, On that evening of dark weather, When I hearkened, lips agape.

The textured stitch patterns and colour combinations evoke the heather of heathlands and the design of the shawl means it can be pulled close on an evening of dark weather.

Launched on 2nd June 2015 to coincide with the 175th anniversary of Thomas Hardy’s birth at Higher Bockhampton in Dorset.

Shown in Old Maiden Aunt Shetland 4 ply. Suggested substitutes are shown below.

Independent Designer
Tess Young
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The shawl requires 400yds/366m of main colour and 200yds/183m of contrast colour. A circular needle is recommended due to the large number stitiches.
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