Ivy Over the Door


Published in The Shawl Society 3


This is the second pattern in The Shawl Society Season 3
There are so many magical moments in the story of The Secret Garden, and one of the most poignant of all is the scene where Mary follows the robin along the garden walls to the hidden doorway. It doesn’t matter how many times I read the passage in the book where she lifts the “swinging curtain of ivy” to find the entrance to the silent, sleeping garden, the thrill of the discovery never fades. I don’t think it is happenstance that this instant of revelation is instigated by the little bird. The Robin is lonely Mary’s first friend, and in The Secret Garden, making friends and coming alive are two sides of the same coin. Once she steps through that door, both Mary and the garden begin to grow.

The Ivy Over The Door is a bold statement shawl, with simple but impressive lace and texture designed to evoke the romance and mystery of the secluded garden. If you look closely you can see the twining vines and leaves of ivy and the weathered old door worked into the two colour blocks. This generous rectangular wrap is large but so easy to wear: an ideal shape for dressing up an otherwise simple outfit and perfect for wrapping tightly around you when the winds blow as wild as a summer storm on the Yorkshire Moors.*

Meadowyarn Hain
100% Superwash Polwarth Wool; 400m/438yds per 100g skein,
4 x 100g skeins,
Colour A: Honeycombed x 1 skein
Colour B: Beekeeper x 3 skeins

Actual Yarn Used
Colour A: 70g, 280m/307yds
Colour B: 230g, 920m/1007yd

4mm (US 6), circular or straight needles

Tapestry needle

20 sts/32 rows = 10cm (4”) in stockinette stitch after blocking
Exact gauge is not critical but may affect the amount of yarn needed if different.

Approximately 53cm (21”) wide
216cm (85”) long

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