Deco City

My favourite ‘Deco City’ is Napier in New Zealand, which was rebuilt in Art Deco style after a major earthquake in 1931, and is now home to my brother Jeff and his family. The Deco City shawl features a geometric all-over lace pattern in an elegant and easy-to-wear crescent shape.

The lace is simple to knit, with stitch markers taking care of most of the counting, and purled ‘rest’ rows on every wrong-side row.

This pattern was first published in Pom Pom Quarterly, Issue 15: Winter 2015.

Skills & Techniques

  • Simple lace knitting, with the occasional double decrease

  • Garter Tab Cast On

  • Decrease Bind Off (optional)

  • Charts and written instructions are both provided in full

Materials Needed

  • 2 [3] skeins of The Fibre Company Road to China Light (65% baby alpaca, 10% cashmere, 10% camel, 15% silk; 159yds/145m per 50g skein), or 265 [420] yards / 243 [385] metres of sport-weight yarn with good drape. Sample colourway: ‘Cobalt’

  • US 6 / 4mm circular needles (or needle size that gives you the right gauge)

  • 3 stitch markers including one locking stitch marker

  • A needle for weaving in the ends

  • Blocking pins and wires (optional but recommended)

Finished Measurements

  • 50 [64]” / 127 [163]cm wingspan, 16 [20.5]” / 41 [52]cm depth

  • Size options: S [L], shown in size L.