Like an old gothic cathedral, this shawl is designed to be at once geometric and organic, imposing and inviting. The half-pi construction is simple to execute and sits beautifully on the shoulders, while the stitch pattern changes keep the knitting interesting. This pattern looks best in a yarn with some drape, such as those with a high silk, rayon/bamboo, or alpaca content.
520 yds (475 m) lace-weight
Shown: Lorna’s Laces Helen’s Lace in Navy Pier; 50% silk 50% wool, two-ply, 1250 yds (1143 m)/ 4 oz (113 g)
US size #6 (4 mm), or size to obtain desired fabric; 20 in circular (or longer) recommended
Not crucial to project
Crochet hook or dental floss (for applying beads); 1350 beads (shown with size 6/0 – please consider purchasing more beads than
required, to allow for some ill-fitting beads); tapestry needle (for weaving in ends)
55 in (140 cm) by 21 in (53 cm)
This pattern is presented in written form only for the first portion of the
shawl, and in both written and charted formats for the lace sections of the shawl. Both formats contain instructions for bead placement, which is optional (or have fun creating your own bead placement!). Very brief instructions for how beads are applied are contained in the pattern; a video tutorial for applying beads with the crochet hook method can be found on the Tutorials page. This pattern requires standard lace decreases, and may be suitable for a very confident beginner.