Sandpiper Shawl

Waves crash. Gulls call. Sandpipers dodge in and out of the water’s edge, leaving behind evidence of their probings.

Use one, two, or three colors to knit this lightweight shawl inspired by the shore.

Construction begins at the top right corner and the shawl grows diagonally, making the finished shawl slightly asymmetrical. Short rows shape the border scallops and a picot bind-off adds the finishing touch.

Skills required: increasing, decreasing, backwards-loop cast-on, picking up stitches, simple lace, short rows, picot bind-off (instructions given)

Finished measurements: approximately 167.5 cm wide and 66 cm deep

Gauge: 20 stitches to 10 cm of blocked stockinette. Gauge is not critical but will affect the finished size and meterage required

Note: Though conversions to the metric system have been made on this page for your convenience, the pattern itself uses American measurements.


  • Knitting pattern for seashore-inspired lace shawl
  • Charted lace pattern and separate swatching instructions included
  • Suitable for intermediate knitters

Materials you need at home:

  • Approximately 685 m of fingering weight yarn: 485 m of the body color, 45 m of the eyelet row color, and 155 m of the border color. Sample was knit in Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light (superwash single-ply merino)
  • 3.75 mm/US 5 circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge. Circulars are recommended, at least for the border
  • Locking stitch markers (at least 18)
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
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Laura Aylor

If ‘knitting designer’ had been one of the job choices for those aptitude tests they give you in high school, I wouldn’t have spent so many years trying to decide what I wanted to be when I grew up. My best subject in high school was math; my best classes in college were logic, drawing, and a commercial art class. After careers in computer programming/analysis and child-rearing, knit design snuck up on me, but I think it’s the perfect use of my odd skill set! I love every step of the process, from figuring out how to actually make what I’ve envisioned to putting the finishing touches on a pattern, not to mention all the knitting that comes in between!

I also love reading and hiking and spending time on Brier Island in Nova Scotia every summer.

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