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Doppio Colosseum Shawl - by Fay Dashper-Hughes


This pattern can either be crocheted or knitted, depending on your preference. 

Inspired by the structure and vaulted arches of The Colosseum in Rome, this pattern originally came to life as a one skein top down shawl. I was asked whether I could design a second version as a two skein bottom up pattern - and so here it is - Doppio Colossem.

The pattern structure is simple but effective and easy to memorise. The beauty of it is that you can use as much yarn as you want and so leftover yarn is minimal. The shawl is based on five blocks of linen stitch and four open rows to represent the vaulted arches of The Colosseum.

Yarn: John Arbon Textiles Devonia, 4-ply (50% Exmoor Blueface, 30% Devon Bluefaced Leicester, 20% Devon Wensleydale; 388 metres per 100g) 

Crochet Version: Pollen Gold; 2 skeins 
Knit Version: Bleeding Heart; 2 skeins 

Crochet Version - Hook: 3mm (US C/2 or D/3)  
Knit Version - Needles: 5mm circular needles with 60cm plus cable 

Crochet Version - Gauge: 28 sts x 32 rows = 10 cm / 4" over blocked linen stitch 
Knit Version - Gauge: 26 sts x 30 = 10 cm / 4"  over blocked linen stitich 

Crochet Version - Blocked Dimensions: 30 cm deep, 190 cm wide
Knit Version - Blocked Dimensions: 28 cm deep, 220 cm wide

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