POW: Crystal Palace Shawl

The 1851 Great Exhibition in London popularized the idea of a World’s Fair. It unveiled wonders in technology, textiles, and faraway lands and most prominently, it showcased the might of Britain. Perhaps the most striking and memorable part from the Great Exhibition is the Crystal Palace. More than just a home for the exhibits, the structure was a testament to British ingenuity.

The Crystal Palace stood 1,848 feet long, 408 feet wide, and 108 feet high. It sheltered full-grown trees and 14,000 exhibits. The frame consisted of prefabricated cast-iron girders that held 300,000 plate glass sheets—at 4’1″ by 10″, these sheets were the largest plate glass produced at the time. Even now, the Crystal Palace is seen as a triumph in ingenuity, craftsmanship, and design.

With so much spectacle and history packed into one building, the entire 2017 issue of Knitting Traditions focuses on this one event. And it’s no wonder that it includes a project inspired by the famous Crystal Palace—the Crystal Palace Shawl by Mone Dräger.

Solid bands alternating with panels of mesh lace echo the palace’s famous entry hall. And the shawl is knit with only one skein of the luxurious, SweetGeorgia Yarns Merino Silk Lace. This shawl is stunning, and versatile; it works with any outfit or occasion.

To find out more about the 1851 Great Exhibition in London, the beautiful history-inspired projects, or textile history, pick up your copy of Knitting Traditions 2017.

crystal palace shawl


Difficulty Experienced

Finished Size 68″ wide across upper edge and 31″ tall at center.

Yarn SweetGeorgia Yarns Merino Silk Lace (50% merino wool, 50% silk; 765 yd (700 m)/3 oz (100 g)): silver, 1 skein.

Needles Size 3 (3.25 mm): 32″ circular (cir). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions Markers (m); size D/3 (3.25 mm) crochet hook; tapestry needle.

Gauge 18 sts and 32 rows = 4″ in Twisted St st; 18 sts and 24 rows = 4″ in Lace patt.

• This shawl is worked back and forth in rows from the top down.
• A circular needle is used to accommodate the large number of stitches.

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—Sarah Rothberg

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