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Lace Shawl

Jun 24, 2009
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This generously sized lace shawl makes a nice cover-up for a sleeveless dress on a cool summer evening. Alice Halbeisen capitalized on the scalloped cast-on edge of the lace pattern by working the shawl in two halves (each half begins with a cast-on edge) and joining them at the center. The cotton-tencel yarn used here has beautiful drape and feels soft and silky against the skin. Customize the width by adding or subtracting 16-stitch pattern repeats.

Designer Alice Halbeisen
Finished Size
About 16" (40.5 cm) wide and 68" (172.5 cm) long, after blocking.
DK weight (#3 Light). Shown here: Classic Elite Premier (50% pima cotton, 50% tencel; 108 yd [99 m]/50 g): #5207 Pastoral Peri, 7 skeins.
Size U.S. 5 (3.75 mm). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Tapestry needle.
Gauge 32 stitches = 6¼" (16 cm) in lace pattern, blocked.
Skill Level Intermediate

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charanne wrote
on Jan 14, 2010 12:47 PM
Denise Marie wrote
on Dec 31, 2009 8:49 AM

On Lyon Brand's website is featured a "Lacy Stole" pattern 70337AD (in green) which resembles the subject pattern and involves no joining and is an easy, fun knit.  I'm a new knitter so I took the easy way out -- this time!  Next time I'll try something more challenging.


Happy New Year!

weavelady wrote
on Nov 27, 2009 12:37 PM

Beautiful. I cannot wait to try this pattern out.

Eva Jacot wrote
on Oct 16, 2009 9:03 AM
SandraS@2 wrote
on Oct 8, 2009 1:04 AM

  Here again is a lovely pattern that I can't do because of the charts.  I truly love to make lace items but now I will have to search through my pattern books to try and find this pattern so I can make it or find someone to write it out because the chart just looks like lines with dark blobs between them. This is so frustrating.

Anne-Marie wrote
on Aug 31, 2009 9:12 AM

I have never used a chart before so I was really delighted to get the instructions written as well.  My question to Jackie who wrote the directions "On the right side of the chart there are the squares with dots running the full length of the chart which deliniates Knit or Purl, well you have worked the full length of the 1st row but on the second and following rows the row starts to the left of the dotted square on the right but your directions say to work the squares outside the dots on the left of the row.  Hope this makes some kind of sense!

SandraH@18 wrote
on Aug 12, 2009 8:50 PM
bikrgran wrote
on Aug 1, 2009 3:49 PM

I normally do machine knitting, but due to a bad back problem, I've gotten a lot a HKing done in the last 6 months.  I've gotten addicted to having something going while I watch TV, so the other night I decided to try to make my Daughter some wrist warmers.  They hare just plain garter stitch, edged in lace.  This is my first attempt at HK lace, and using a chart.  It's really not so bad, once you learn what the different symbols are.  I love Jenna's tip, and will follow that from now on.  Can't say how many times I've messed up on a sock, doing 2 at a time/Magic loop.  I always find the error 2 socks too late. <sigh>  Like many others I'm not wild about the kitchner st, hence I knit my socks toe up, using the magic cast on.


GayleD@8 wrote
on Jul 21, 2009 12:37 PM

this looks similar to a pattern shown in knit simple magazine some time back and is done in one piece.

moonlight wrote
on Jul 20, 2009 3:42 PM

Hi all - About working with a chart, I have a few suggestions that have helped me  I, too, have brain damage, so I always have to find  ways that work for me. Maybe they will work for you. First, ENLARGE the pattern on a copy machine or printer.Then, if colors help you, MARK each pattern row with a different color HIGHLIGHTER. Next, WRITE out the numbers of rows across a page: 1  2  3  4  5  6  7 8 as many times as you feel you will need to learn the pattern. Now, as you knit each row, just mark through the number.  Learning to knit from a chart is not going to feel comfortable or natural at first.  It can't, it's something new!  But remember what it felt like when you first held needles in you hands, when you first tried to figure out what all these abbreviations were, and how they could possibly have anything to do with what you were trying to make.  But you persisted, and over time needles and yarn were not only comfortable in your hands, and instructions easy to read and understand, they brought you peace and satisfaction.  If you are willing to go through that discomfort of learning something new, working with charts can bring you a whole new venue of knitting pleasure.


Connie@6 wrote
on Jul 14, 2009 4:27 PM

Printed this out but no chart.

Rpadha wrote
on Jul 9, 2009 1:42 PM

Jax, thanks much for clearing that up! (-:

KathyP@52 wrote
on Jul 7, 2009 2:46 PM

Nicola, thanks so much for writing this out!  Due to a brain injury, deciphering a chart is much too involved for me, but written out directions, I can manage!  Thanks again!  You're the BEST!

JackieT wrote
on Jul 3, 2009 11:29 AM

The Kitchener stitch row you are creating would be the odd # row, between the "2 rows with the holes in it".  This is a knit-faced row, so the Kitchener routine is as it should be.  Treat the yarn overs just like a regular knit stitch, picking up the front leg and the back leg, as usual.  The only little problem would be the  purl stitch stripes between the motifs...1.) if you did them as a knit stitch, I don't think anyone would ever see it or 2.) take the 2 sts off the needles and look at the existing purl into the loops in the direction that makes sense. Put the half-stitch back on the needle and continue the Kitchener.  (I think that's right!)  I know there are purling Kitchener intructions out there, but too complicated for me just for 1 stitch!!  Good luck.   jax

Rpadha wrote
on Jul 1, 2009 2:32 PM

OK - I guess I'm a little confused. Do we use the same "stockinette" Kitchener we all know and love (-:), or do we do something different because we are not grafting 2 rows of stockinette stitches together?

JackieT wrote
on Jun 29, 2009 5:20 PM

Here is my translation of this lovely lace...I would encourage all you "non-charters" to knit this pattern from the chart and just look at the written text when you need a hint for how to proceed. That's the way I taught myself about lace charts (...45 years ago!) .  

Row 1 and all odd # (ws) rows,   Row 1:   p, p, * k,  p15 * across,  end k, p, p. 

Row 2:   k, k, p,  * k, k2tog, k2tog,  (o, k,) 3x,  o, ssk, ssk, k, k, k, p, *  end k, k.

Row 4:   k, k, p,  * k2tog, k2tog, o, k, o, k, k, k, o, k, o, ssk, ssk, k, k, p, *  end k, k.

Row 6:  k, k, p,  * k, k, k, k2tog, k2tog,  (o, k,) 3x   o, ssk, ssk, k, p, *  end k, k.

Row 8:  k, k, p,  * k, k, k2tog, k2tog, o, k, o, k, k, k, o, k, o, ssk, ssk, p, * end k, k.

Happy charting!  jax

on Jun 29, 2009 3:10 PM

Could you recommend a cast on? I always seem to cast on too tight and spoil the effect of the edging.

For those who want a written pattern, I needed one myself so I hope it's right! (If it's looks wrong I may have the ssk and K2tog mixed up. I'm going to try it and see.) the 16 pattern stiches are 8 rows are as follows:

Row 1 and all odd: p15 k1

Row 2: p1 k3 ssk *yo k1* 3 times yo k2tog k1

Row 4:  p1 k2 ssk  yo k1 yo k3 yo k1 yo  k2tog

Row 6: p1 k1 ssk *yo k1* 3times yo k3 k2tog

Row 8: p1 ssk yo k1 yo k3 yo k1 yo k2tog k2


JoyJ wrote
on Jun 29, 2009 4:19 AM

beautiful pattern, can't wait to start.

LDSVenus wrote
on Jun 27, 2009 3:07 PM

Sandi, thank you for this beautiful pattern.  I too knit from written out patterns because of a learn disabiltity that makes charts very difficult for me to read.  Because it's so beautiful, I am going to try to "unchart" this one into written out form for myself (when I get a few spare moments :P) because the chart is small maybe it won't take me so long to "unchart" it.   Then I will spin some alpaca to knit it with.  :)

Tulipe67 wrote
on Jun 27, 2009 2:41 AM

Thank you very much ! This lace shawl is joining my already very long list of projects ;-) !

SandiSnow wrote
on Jun 27, 2009 12:54 AM

I downloaded this pattern, but doubt if I'll ever do it since the directions are not written out but given as a chart. I had a pattern for a beautiful purse with cables. I tried knitting it. I'd get a few rows done and find a mistake, rip it out, try again, rip... I finally gave up and rip it all out and used the yarn for a different pattern.  Charts, contrary to what one of the other knitters said, are not for everyone. (And I'm not new to knitting. I learned when I was 9 years lod and I'll celebrate my 65th birthdatyon 2 months.)  Fortunately the majority of patterns are still written out.

patho2Q wrote
on Jun 27, 2009 12:52 AM

This is nicely set up - the Kitchner row serves as the return purl row between to pattern rows.

SandiSnow wrote
on Jun 27, 2009 12:44 AM
JOG wrote
on Jun 26, 2009 10:07 PM

Once you've learned to read and work from a chart you'll never go back to written instructions.  This is a great opportunity to learn, if you don't know how already.  This is an nice easy repeat.  Do a swatch and learn.  They say that learning new things keeps your brain sharp! 


amy@90 wrote
on Jun 26, 2009 6:50 PM

Lovely pattern.

Is it possible for Knitting daily to post a written version of the pattern? It would be very helpful.  Thank you very much, Amy

amy@90 wrote
on Jun 26, 2009 6:47 PM
LorrieM@3 wrote
on Jun 26, 2009 4:32 PM

I like patterns that are a bit more detailed, i.e., stitch patterns given stitch by stitch. I am not comfortable working from a chart.

Jenna wrote
on Jun 26, 2009 4:21 PM

Nice beginner pattern for first time lacers:  Simple short repeat and no shaping.

This TIP was a lifesaver for me when I started working lace:

PM at beg & end of each repeat. When you finish a repeat, count the stitches you just made back to the previous marker and MAKE SURE you have the right number of stitches.  Also look at the stitches you just made and confirm that the repeat looks right.

That way, if you've missed a yo or dropped a stitch or whatever, you catch it immediately.  No ending the row with the wrong number of stitches and finding out the error was 140 stitches ago or even worse, you dropped a stitch and now have a ladder of k2tog & yo & ssk, omg.

Hope that helps.

on Jun 26, 2009 4:08 PM

This looks so pretty, but I'm not sure I can knit with a it possible to write it out too??

FaiWay wrote
on Jun 26, 2009 2:34 PM

The shawl is really beautiful.. I can do kitchener stitch in stockinette only like the other lady here. havent been able to figure out the purl side or anyother way to do it. I did have to print out a diagram I found on a web page with really great photos to do it but I almost not quite have it memorized now.. for socks of course!. Also I cant do u-tube being on dial-up it naturally doesnt work..Shame so if anyone finds a good site where you can print out the directions with pictures that works good for me


BethD@31 wrote
on Jun 26, 2009 1:13 PM

What I have never been able to find is a description of how to Kitchener non-stockinette work.  I need pictures or directions.  I can't wrap my brain around the concept of just working the stitches as I come to them.  I can kitchener sock toes together with very deliberate movements and explicit directions, but have no concept of how to think my way through any other kind of stitches.  I looked very diligently last summer for help with a project then, but could not find any and the project still has not even been begun due to uncertainty of the finishing.

on Jun 26, 2009 1:11 PM

I am so excited about doing this shawl/wrap. i am in progress of doing a different one at the moment but i thought i would share this youtube video about joining the two halves together.just go to the following url

Monkeygurl wrote
on Jun 26, 2009 1:00 PM

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I must be a twisted stitch - I actually like doing the kitchener.  Granted, I need to keep a reference book in front of me when I first start, but once I get into the rhythm, it's quite enjoyable.  Plus, nothing can compete for pure magic - you *know* there's a join there, but you can't tell where it is!!!

GynnaB wrote
on Jun 26, 2009 10:07 AM

Is it possible to see a clear picture of the join? I am really interested in this knitting this pattern but would like to see how they line up.