New shawl pattern, now available!

Arabella is a simple lace triangle shawl that looks a lot more complicated than it really is. Envisioned as a modern take on Regency fashion, this shawl adds a touch of dash and class to your wardrobe. Arabella was inspired by Arabella Strange, of the book Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell, as well as far too many Masterpiece Theater viewings over the winter! Knit in either fingering or lace weight yarn, this is a modular pattern that can be easily adjusted to fit the yarn or the size desired. By altering the number of repeats, you can change the size and look. There are several edging options included with the pattern, so you can pick the one that suits your yarn and taste. Use your favorite solid or semi solid yarn to show off the lace pattern to maximum effect. The pattern includes instructions for creating a small shawlette or scarf as well. Use written instructions or charts to meet your own comfort level.

Small: 56 inches wide, 24 inches long
Large: 76 inches wide, 32 inches long


  • 400 yds fingering weight yarn for size Small Shown in A Verb for Keeping Warm Creating 100% superwash merino, 385 yds per 100g skein, 1 skein used, color: Elephanta
    Note: I used only one skein for my small sized shawl,
    but I’d advise buying an extra skein for security, as I had only yards left at the end.
  • 665 yds lace weight yarn for size Large Shown in Madelinetosh Tosh Lace 100% superwash merino, 950 yds per 4 oz skein, 1 skein used, color: Norway Spruce
  • 1 U.S. size 6 (4 mm) circular needle 24 inches or longer for size Small
  • 1 U.S. size 3 (3.25 mm) circular needle 24 inches or longer for size Large
  • stitch marker (optional)
  • tapestry needle

Small: 22 sts/32 rows = 4 inches in stockinette on size 6 needles after blocking
Large: 25 sts/36 rows = 4 inches in stockinette on size 3 needles after blocking

Buy it now for U.S.$6.50!


11 Responses to “Arabella”

  1. Emily Says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! I love the shawl, and I especially love that adorable final photo with you peeking through the filigree. What a color that green is, too!

  2. Marion Says:

    It’s splendid! I have three hanks of Wollmeise that have been waiting for just the right projects. I think that Arabella will be one of them.

    Mazal tov and thank you for another beautiful design!

  3. Sarah Says:

    I love this, and I love that you took the name from Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. Brilliant.

  4. Emilee Says:

    It’s lovely!

  5. commonplaceiris Says:

    beautiful! I used to make bobbin lace and in that last photo in particular it almost looks as though it could have been made with bobbins and pins on a pillow rather than knit.

  6. Gabriela Ordenes Says:

    This is absolutely fantastic pattern. I will buy right now!
    Thank you for all this beauty!

  7. Arabella | Two Swallows blog Says:

    […] months of catching-up, in fact. Let me begin with my most recently completed object, then: the Arabella lace shawl by Kristen Hanley Cardozo, which I enjoyed knitting so much that I whizzed through it in […]

  8. Slowly, Slowly.. « Miss Raa’s Adventures with Needles Says:

    […] full of mince. I finally managed today, on try #4, to work all the set up and 1 pattern repeat of Arabella by Kristen Hanley Cardozo, Number 4 mainly because I got a little lost  and when I tried to frog […]

  9. I have been knitting, honest.. « Miss Raa’s Adventures with Needles Says:

    […] Arabella may have bitten the dust.. again. I had an envelope with my row notes on.. like you do, and then I […]

  10. new things | Swaying Lights Says:

    […] is Arabella, and my first time working at serious-business, all over lace. It’s not a technically […]

  11. Blue Garter » Blog Archive » Arabella Says:

    […] it tricky to knit for other knitters, which is why this is the first anyone is seeing of my take on this pretty shawl designed by my talented friend Kristen Hanley […]

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