Tartessos may have inspired the legends of El Dorado, Atlantis, or Tarshish. It was a culture located on the southwest edge of the Iberian Peninsula. They traded with the Greeks and Phoneticians. The region was rich with silver and gold deposits and its people were known for ornate metal work. These people slipped in obscurity as their cities were lost and their written language is indecipherable.
This shawl was inspired by the Treasure of El Carambolo. This gold hoard dates back to the 8th century BCE. The lace mimics the intricate metal work of the breast pieces. As the shawl is worked from the top down, one could use up almost every ounce of precious yarn.
Recommended needle size [always use a needle
size that gives you the gauge
listed below — every knitter's
gauge is unique]
1 32 -inch US #4/3.5mm circular needle
23 sts/30 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch
PATTERN NOTES [Knitty's list of standard abbreviations and techniques can be found here.]
The shawl is worked from the top down.
To change the finished dimensions of the shawl, add or subtract groups of 14 stitches from the cast on number, to increase or decrease the number of repeats. Each repeat adds 3 1/2 inches to the top edge, and 9 inches to the bottom edge.
CDD: Slip 2 sts together (as if to k2tog), k1, then pass 2 slipped stitches over.
Charts The charts for this pattern are very large. Each fits on a letter-sized
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