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A Lady's Bumbershoot

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(6) Name: 'Knitting : A Lady's Bumbershoot
A Lady's Bumbershoot
A Lady's Bumbershoot

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knitting in the round
  • knit through the back loop
  • knit 2 together through the back loop
  • knit with beads using the crochet hook method
  • purl 2 or 4 together
  • stretchy bind off

Pattern Description:

If A Lady's Bumbershoot had been available to her, Mary Poppins would have left her white frilly sunshade at home and carried this at the races. Pair this romantic lace with your favourite edgy colourway and industrial Victorian inspired beads. Inspired by the Pi shawl concept, this parasol is knit in the round from the centre out. Use it for shade at a summer wedding, or anywhere else you want to get noticed.

The parasol is stretched onto the frame of a bamboo/paper parasol after tearing off the paper. The are inexpensive and readily available online. Example:

Instructions include how to modify to fit other sized frames, and the option of making this a round shawl instead.

Please note that row gauge is fairly important in this design. If you are not getting row gauge, and consequently the length that you need, more repeats of the Umbrella lace can be worked, but be sure to have a multiple of 19 sts on the needles when working the turning round.


24 sts x 30 rows in 4"/10cm in stockinette stich.

The widest part of both the stockinette triangles and the fans formed by the umbrella lace measure 1.75"/4cm unblocked.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 28"/71cm parasol frame diameter


  • 800-1120 yards (732-1024m) fingering weight yarn
  • bamboo parasol frame
  • US0/2mm 40" circular needle or size needed to get gauge
  • gold paint (optional)
  • darning needle for attaching knitting to the frame.
  • 34 stitch markers, including one unique marker to indicate the start of round.
  • Up to 32 dangly beads, about 1" (2.5cm) long (optional)
  • One large button, pin or pendant to cover the top part of the parasol frame.
  • cable needle or small dpn for use while wrapping sts (explained in the pattern).
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I started knitting to help me sanely get through the cold Alberta winters, and now I just can't stop! I love to knit and design using beautiful hand dyed yarns and prefer to support independant ...

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