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I'm a twenty-something Pacific North westerner living in Olympia, Washington. I first learned to knit in the Fall of 2005 and after much self-teaching and practice, began designing my own patterns in ...

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(6) Name: 'Knitting : Kaliope

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Knit
  • Purl
  • Basic lace stitches (YO, SSK, k2tog)

Pattern Description:

Kaliope is a simple lace shawl pattern worked from the top center and outward to the edging using traditional shawl increases of four stitches per right side row. The diagonal lines of the shawl draw the eye toward the simple yet beautiful border where the columns of lace taper into points and transform into hexagonal shapes, ending with an elegant scalloped edge. The size of your shawl can be easily scaled up or down simply by changing the number of repeats of the main body chart. Directions are included for two edge size options, and are provided in both line by line written instruction and chart form.


24 sts and 32 rows = 4"/10 cm in st st, unblocked

Getting exact gauge is not critical, but gauge may affect the finished size of your shawl and the yardage necessary to complete it.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Small Edge Shawl: 49x20" (124x51 cm)
  • Large Edge Shawl: 54x21" (137x53 cm)


  • US 6 (4 mm) 32" (81 cm) circular needle
  • Small Edge Shawl: Approx. 330-350 yards (302-320 m) Fingering Weight yarn
  • Large Edge Shawl: Approx. 415-435 yards (380-398 m) Fingering Weight yarn

You Will Also Need:

  • (2) Stitch markers
  • Tapestry needle