Lewth is worked sideways from tip to tip increasing as you go to the mid point then decreasing. The stitch pattern is a shifting 2 x 2 rib which works in one direction as you increase and the other as you decrease, this creates a ‘V’ shape in the stitch pattern which follows the line/shape of the shawl.
The tip to tip construction makes it ideal if you want to use up every last bit of yarn – weigh your yarn at the start, stop increasing when you’re half way through your yarn and then start decreasing. The pattern is a simple 4 stitch 8 row repeat.
‘Lewth’ is Dorset dialect for ‘shelter’ or ‘warmth’ which ca be fond in the poetry of Thomas Hardy and/or William Barnes, who between them have probably done most to preserve the dialect I grew up hearing, but is now rarely spoken.
To find out more about Lewth and Dorset dialect, come on over to my blog at: http://tessyoungdesigns.com/2014/11/03/the-lewth-shawl/