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How to Knit a Lacy Shawl

Knitted with two strands of a classic mohair blend held together, this lightweight lacy shawl adds warmth and drama to any outfit. This lacy shawl project uses three different colors. So, using two strands of yarn at a time with three colors to choose from means that you can create five different colors — AA, AB, BB, BC, and CC.


Here are this project's materials and vital statistics:

  • Yarn: Crystal Palace Yarns Kid Merino (28% kid mohair, 28% merino wool, 44% micro nylon); 240 yards (221 meters) per 25 grams

    • Color A: Charcoal; 2 balls

    • Color B: Misty Blue; 2 balls

    • Color C: Pacific Blue; 2 balls

  • Needles: US 13 (9 mm) circular needle, 24-inch length or longer, or the size needed to match gauge

  • Other materials: Yarn needle to weave in ends

  • Size: 34 inches from tip to center of widest edge by 68 inches wide

  • Gauge: 10 stitches and 14 rows per 4 inches in stockinette stitch

The lacy shawl starts with just a few stitches at the nape of the neck and grows out in a triangle due to the placement of your increases:

  1. With 2 strands of color A held together as if they were 1, cast on 3 sts.

  2. Follow this stitch pattern:

    Row 1 (RS): K1, yo, k1, yo, k1. There are 5 sts.

    Row 2 and all following WS rows: Purl.

    Row 3 (RS): K1, yo, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1. There are 9 sts.

    Row 5 (RS): K1, yo, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, yo, k1. There are 13 sts.

    Row 7 (RS): K1, yo, k5, yo, k1, yo, k5, yo, k1. There are 17 sts.

    Row 9 (RS): K1, yo, k7, yo, k1, yo, k7, yo, k1. There are 21 sts.

    Continue pattern as set (increasing 4 sts every RS row by making yarn overs at each edge and working 2 more sts between each edge and the central pair of yarn overs) until you've worked 28 rows with 2 strands of color A.

    There are 57 sts.

  3. Switch to 1 strand of color A and 1 strand of color B held together as 1 yarn and work 24 rows of the pattern.

    There are 105 sts.

  4. Switch to 2 strands of color B held together and work 20 rows of the pattern.

    There are 145 sts.

  5. Switch to 1 strand of color B and 1 strand of color C held together and work 16 rows of the pattern.

    There are 177 sts.

  6. Switch to 2 strands of color C held together and work 8 rows of the pattern.

  7. Work the border as follows:

    Next RS row: K1, yo, *k2tog, yo, repeat from * to center 3 sts, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, **yo, k2tog, repeat from ** to last st, yo, k1. There are 197 sts.

    Next row: Purl.

  8. Bind off all sts loosely.

  9. Weave in ends.

  10. Block the shawl by wetting it and laying it flat to dry.

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