Knit from the top down, this shawl uses a pattern of increases and decrease to achieve a bat-like shape.
Knit as shown, the shawl has six sections which make it sit comfortably on your shoulders. One section can be omitted to use less yardage and have a straighter top edge.
Finished measurements: wingspan: 117 cm, depth: 56 cm; with wide lace edging, wingspan: 127 cm, depth: 63.5 cm
Gauge: 20 stitches to 10 cm in blocked stockinette
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 lace shawl
- Charted and line-by-line options for the lace pattern
- Suitable for intermediate knitters
Materials you need at home:
- Approximately 715 m of fingering-weight yarn (460 m of MC, 255 m of CC), or 595 m if leaving out one section (385 m MC, 210 m CC); an additional 125 m are needed for the wider lace edging, or 105 m if leaving out one section
- 3.75 mm/US 5 needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
- Stitch markers
- Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
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.