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Sandpiper Shawl

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

Pattern measurements: only inches
Pattern paper format: only US letter


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.

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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