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Free Pattern - Rectangular Lace Shawl with fancy scalloped edging

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I had a bit of a craft room clear out and sort out last week as I was fed up of having to delve through carrier bags half full of wool, swatches and needles; work that I started but changed my mind, or work that had gone wrong part way through.  I found beautiful skeins that I had forgotten about and no end of odd needles. Felt so good to get this organised again. One of my WIP finds was this half-finished red lace shawl. Must have been about 5 or even 7 years ago when I knit this. I examined it and thought, yes the knitting was good, no errors, must have just got tired of knitting it. Well time to continue.

I rummaged through the bag to see if I could find any clues as to where I got the stitch pattern from , but no clues found, so I had to do a little reverse engineering (carefully unpicking a few rows and writing down the stitches I had unpicked).

Then I set to and finished the shawl, deciding near the end that it warranted a scalloped edging at both ends so that it wasn't just a piece of one lace pattern knit.

Today I'm sharing the pattern with you.

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Yarn I used was Ice Yarns - Incas Alpaca (50% Alpaca, 35 Acrylic , 15% Merino Wool). I used it double. I'm left with nearly 4 balls of a 10 x 50gram (350m) ball pack. So somewhere between 2,200m - 2,500 metres of lace weight yarn was used in this project. If you use thicker yarn then you wouldn't need to work it double.

Needles used UK size 7, US size 7, 4.5mm 

 Cast on 115 stitches

Row 1 (RS): sl 1 , k2 *(k1, yo) twice, sl 1, k2tog, psso, k3, k3tog, yo, k1, yo; rep from * to last 4 sts, k4.

Row 2 and all even rows: sl 1, k2, p to last 3 sts, k3.

Row 3: sl 1 , k2, *k1, yo, k3, yo, sl 1 , k1, psso, k1, k2tog, yo, k3, yo; rep from * to last 4 sts, k4.

Row 5: sl 1, k2, * k1, yo, sl 1, k1, psso, k1, k2tog, yo, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yo, sl 1, k1, psso, k1, k2tog, yo; rep from * to last 4 sts, k4.

Row 7: sl 1, k2, *k1, yo, sl 1, k1, psso, k1, k2tog, yo; rep from * to last 4 sts, k4.

Row 9: As Row 7:

Row 10: As Row 2.

These 10 rows form the pattern, Repeat these 10 rows 30 times or until shawl is 120cm long.


Cast off

Edging (Work Two)

Cast on 115 stitches

Row 1 (RS): sl 1,k3 *yo, k4, sl 1, k2tog, psso, k4,yo,k1; rep to last 3 sts, k3

Row 2: sl 1, k2, p to last 3 sts, k3.

Repeat rows 1-2 another 9 times.

Cast off


With right sides together sew each edging pieces to the cast on and cast off edges of the main shawl.


Block the shawl following the instructions on your ball band.



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  1. Michaelene McKinnon

    Would I be able to use just Alpaca yarn for this shawl?

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  2. Sue Peterman

    This is so beautiful and I am thinking of this to be my very first shawl.

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  3. Monica Varandani

    Hi, Thank you for sharing this beautiful pattern. Sorry i am not really good knitter but just a question in row 3 my calculation coming to the set of 14 instead of 12, could you please help me thanks in advance Hi. Thanks for the email too. As we have discussed your calculation is correct, the number of stitches in the pattern repeat does indeed increase to 14 at the end of row 3.

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  4. jane

    I cast this on over the weekend. I started with the edging first then segued into the lace pattern. It's a very easy pattern to memorize. I used a dk weight yarn because I fell in love with the color. That being said, I eliminated one of the repeats in the edging and lace. I fully understand why you attached the edging after completion. The edging you created truly does add to the "completeness" of the shawl. Many thanks for this free pattern.

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  5. Glenys Dunford

    Oh what an exquisite shawl, thank you for sharing

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  6. Jeannie

    This is gorgeous!!! But I WILL be knitting the edging on at the beginning and at the end. Picking up stitches is beyond me and sewing the edging on, well, it just won't get done :-). Soooo beautful!!! Sandra's response Yes , beautiful shawl . I would do the same thing if I was starting again!

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  7. Kathy

    Would it work just as well if you picked up stitches for the edging, rather than knitting a separate piece and seaming? Sandra's response Yes you would get the same result , probably neater too

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  8. Sharyn Cody

    This pattern is gorgeous. Haven't begun it yet, but why couldn't the edgings be added on in the beginning & added on the end B4 casting off?

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