Recreated Openwork

Recreated Openwork by Cheri McEwenBy Cheri McEwen

Photos: Cheri McEwen

A little over a year ago, a friend showed me a shawl made by her aunt. The aunt had passed away, but the shawl remained. It was an interesting stitch pattern that she wanted recreated in order to pass in on to others. I was able to recreate the stitch from pictures. It is very reminiscent of spiders, but not exactly the same. The following is the stitch pattern that I came up with. I have written it out for a scarf, but it could easily be turned into a full size wrap. For something completely different, add buttons along one of the short sides, do fewer repeats and make it into a button-up cowl/neckwarmer.

The scarf would be a wonderful teacher’s gift for the holidays. A full-size stole would be a lovely wrap for those special events and holiday get-togethers.

Difficulty: Easy

Size: 7″ X 48″ as written


  • Caron Simply Soft [100% Acrylic; 315yd/288m per 170g/6oz skein]; 100 grams
  • Size J-10/6mm hook
  • Tapestry needle
  • Pins for blocking

Gauge: Each motif repeat is approx 2″ X 2″

Notes: This pattern can be done to any size with any hook and yarn combination. For a stole/wrap, I suggest a beginning ch of 113 with a G hook and fingering or lace weight.

Recreated Openwork by Cheri McEwen


Foundation Row: Ch 32 (or any multiple of 9 + 5); turn and sc in second ch from hook and all remaining chains, turn. (31 sc )

Row 1: Ch 3, *dc in next 2 sts, ch 3, skip 3 sts, sc in next st, ch 3, skip 3 sts.* Repeat * to * a total of 3 times, dc in last 3 sts.

Row 2: Ch 3, *dc in next 2 sts, ch 4, sc in sc of previous row, ch 4.* Repeat * to * a total of 3 times, dc in last 3 sts.

Row 3: Ch 3, *dc in next 2 sts, ch 2, (tr, ch 3, tr) into sc of previous row, ch 2.* Repeat * to * a total of 3 times, dc in last 3 sts.

Row 4: Ch 3, *dc in next 2 sts, ch 3, sc in ch 3 space of previous row’s V-st, ch 3.* Repeat * to * a total of 3 times, dc in last 3 sts.

Repeat rows 2-4 until the scarf is desired length, then sc across the end. Fasten off yarn and weave in end.

Weave in ends. Wet shawl and block, if desired.

About the Designer
I’m a Stay-at-home Mom who enjoys knitting and crocheting. I love to design and recreate vintage patterns or stitches. I find it challenging to “read” the stitches of those who came before me.

Pattern & images © Cheri McEwen. All rights reserved.

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