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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.


 What a lovely knit, so easy once you get in to the swing of the pattern and what a result!



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  1. Glenys Dunford

    Oh what an exquisite shawl, thank you for sharing

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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