Lace-Edged Shawl

Well, now you have this pile of beautiful stitch markers, what to do with them?  How about making a really cool lacey shawl?  I realize the “shawl” word is kind of old-lady-y, but whatever.  They’re basically just triangular scarves, so what’s not to like?

I’m using Blue Moon Marine Silk Worsted yarn , but you can use whatever you want.  I think this shawl looks best in a heavy, drapey yarn, but feel free to use whatever you want.  I am always prepared to be wrong. My shawl is quite small, just big enough to go around my neck and tuck into the collar of my coat.  If you want a bigger shawl, repeat rows 2 and 3 of the shawl body until you have 200, 224, or 248 stitches, and increase the number of times you work the lace pattern.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Materials:

1 skein Blue Moon Marine Silk Worsted (243 yards) or whatever the heck you feel like using.

Size 8 needles (or so.  It’s not like a sweater or something, so there is plenty of leeway regarding gauge)

4 stitch markers

Scissors, tapestry needle

Abbreviations:

k3tog-knit three together

pm-place marker

yo-yarn over

Instructions:

Make the body of the shawl:

CO. 8

  1. k2, pm, k1, place marker, k2, pm, k1, place marker, k2
  2. k2, *pm, yo, k to next marker, yo, pm, k2, repeat from *
  3. k2, *pm, purl to next marker, pm, k2, repeat from *

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until you have 176 stitches on your needles, finishing with row 3

Begin lace pattern:

  1. k2, *pm, yo, (k1, yo, k4, k3tog, k4, yo) 7 times, k1, yo, pm, k2.  Repeat from *
  2. k2, *pm, purl to next marker, pm, k2.  Repeat from *
  3. k2, *pm, yo, k1 (k2, yo, k3, k3tog, k3, yo, k1) 7 times, k2, yo, pm, k2.  Repeat from *
  4. k2, *pm, purl to next marker, pm, k2.  Repeat from *
  5. k2, *pm, yo, k2 (k3, yo, k2, k3tog, k2, yo, k2) 7 times, k3, yo, pm, k2.  Repeat from *
  6. k2, *pm, purl to next marker, pm, k2.  Repeat from *
  7. k2, *pm, yo, k3 (k4, yo, k1, k3tog, k1, yo, k3) 7 times, k4, yo, pm, k2.  Repeat from *
  8. k2, *pm, purl to next marker, pm, k2.  Repeat from *
  9. k2, *pm, yo, k4 (k5, yo, k3tog, yo, k4) 7 times, k5, yo, pm, k2.  Repeat from *
  10. k2, *pm, purl to next marker, pm, k2.  Repeat from *
  11. k2, *pm, yo, k4 (k3tog, k4, yo, k1, yo, k4) 7 times, k3tog, k4, yo, pm, k2.  Repeat from *
  12. k2, *pm, purl to next marker, pm, k2.  Repeat from *OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Repeat rows 11 and 12 until you’re bored, you run out of yarn, or both.  I repeated them 6 times for my shawl.

When you’re finished, bind off loosely, removing the stitch markers as you go.  If you feel so inclined, block your shawl by soaking it in warm water, and pinning it out flat to dry.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Get the PDF here: Lace-Edged Shawl

Edit:  Originally, I had included LLD and RLD in the Abbreviations list.  This was a mistake-there was never any LLD or RLD’s in the pattern. I have removed them from the abbreviations list.  Happy knitting!

19 thoughts on “Lace-Edged Shawl

  1. Laura

    Question: Your CO 8 stitches, Where are they in the shawl? Do they end up “behind your neck” or one of the tips? I have trouble conceptualizing.

    Reply
    1. onemilljellybeans Post author

      Yep! You start at the back of the neck, and work out, so that you’ll cast off the outside lace edge as the very last step. The middle two stitches that you cast on are the beginning of the “spine” of the shawl, while the first and last two stitches are the beginning of the garter-stitch edges.

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      1. Laura Z Mooney

        Wow that works out pretty cool. So that’s how you can just keep going until you have the size you want. Pretty clever.

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  3. Karen

    This is gorgeous. But I’m confused: in the list of abbreviations you show left leaning decrease and right leaning decrease but in the instructions I only see a k3tog decrease. What did I miss? Thanks.

    Reply
    1. onemilljellybeans Post author

      They should be in there! I’ve abbreviated them as LLD and RLD. LLD is another way to say “SSK”, and RLD is another way to say “K2tog.” Sorry to be confusing, it’s just one of those weird things that happen when everyone learns to knit a different way.

      Reply
  4. Debbie

    You have decreases in your abbreviations but I don’t see any decreases in the pattern? I always try to read thru a pattern, am I missing something?

    Reply
    1. onemilljellybeans Post author

      Oh my gosh! I’ve had this pattern up for more than a year, and no one has ever mentioned that until today, and now you’re the third person to point it out to me. There are no LRD’s or RLD’s in the pattern, just K3togs. I guess I need to go fix the pattern! Good eye.

      Reply
      1. Karen

        Thanks for the quick reply and fix on the pattern. I’ve been making shawls as gifts but this one will be for me!
        Karen

  5. Marjorie C.

    I must be a complete dunce, but I have never knitted something that used so many markers and it is stressing me out a bit. I would like to have an estimate of how many markers are needed to complete this. Am I correct in thinking that this direction, “purl to next marker, pm”, means there will be 2 markers next to each other? I have been looking for a shawl pattern for too long and I really like yours. Thank you so much.

    Reply
    1. onemilljellybeans Post author

      No worries, Marjorie!
      You should only be using 4 markers total. One next to the garter stitch edging on the right side of the shawl, one next to the garter stitch edging on the left side of the shawl, and the other two on either side of the garter stitch “backbone” going up the middle of the shawl.
      “Purl to next marker, pm” is short for “Purl until you reach the next marker. Then, move the marker from the right needle to the left needle.” Some people use “PM” (Place marker), or “SM” (Slip marker), but they mean the same thing.
      Does that help?

      Reply
  6. Cathy Brown

    I am having trouble with this pattern. I have knitted to the 248 st and about to start the lace pattern. Can you tell me how the first row should be done? I cannot get the row to work out following your instructions.

    Reply
    1. onemilljellybeans Post author

      Hi Cathy, I’m sorry you’re having trouble.
      Have you changed the number of lace pattern repeats? For 248 sts, you’ll need to cross out each time you see “7 times” and put in “10 times” instead. So, for row 1, you’ll have:
      K2, *sm, yo (k1, yo, k4, k3tog, k4 yo) 10 times, k1, yo, sm k2. Repeat from *

      Does that help?

      Reply

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