Doppio Colosseum Shawl – by Fay Dashper-Hughes


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

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 in Rome.


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

Blocked Dimensions

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

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Hook & Needles

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


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