pdf Digital Download


Women, Girls, Petite, Tall
Need help? Visit our Help Center »

Have you made this pattern?

Share with the Craftsy community.

About the designer

Hi! I am a former professional guitarist who at least for now am very grateful to be designing full time.

I made all my clothes and jewelry as a hippie girl many years ago, and had a little ...

Read More » View all patterns by designer (18) »
Photo of stevieland

Mayapple Shawl

from Design by Dee
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Mayapple Shawl
Mayapple Shawl
Mayapple Shawl
Mayapple Shawl
Mayapple Shawl
Mayapple Shawl

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Knit
  • Purl
  • Decreases
  • Increases

Pattern Description:

Mayapple is a charming wildflower that emerges beneath the forest canopy in early spring. It is a unique-looking plant, with only two large umbrella shaped leaves that rise on single stems above a very cute little white flower with six to eight petals. While walking in the woods earlier this year, I spied a cluster of little mayapples and was inspired to design a shawl with pretty flower and leaf motifs.

The dainty lace pattern I chose for the middle of the shawl body resembles the mayapple flower sheltered by two leaves. The border features a fern and bellflower panel finished with a lacey leaf edging. For the color of the shawl pictured, I looked no further than the bright and cheerful yellow color of the center of the mayapple flower. Mayapple's shape is an easy-to-wear, elongated semi-circle.

Mayapple is shown in the wonderful Tosh Sock weight yarn but may be knitted in whatever weight you choose. The size is easily customizable by working more or fewer Body Chart 2 repeats. A solid or tonal yarn is highly recommended to showcase the intricacy of the design.

The pattern includes detailed instructions about how to work the various design elements, as well as video links that will walk you though every aspect of the pattern. Both charts and written instructions are provided so you can choose whichever way you like to knit up a cheerful Mayapple of your very own!

The Mayapple pattern includes both charts and full written out instructions for those of you prefer not to use charts.

Construction Notes: Mayapple starts at the center back of the neck with a provisional cast on (only 9 stitches) and is worked down to the bottom edge. The body of the shawl is comprised of 3 trianglesa larger middle section flanked by smaller "wings." A fancy lace wingspan edge is worked at the same time as the body. After the body is completed, a knitted-on border is attached at right angles.

Yardage: The average yardage for a shawl worked in fingering weight at the pattern size was between 750 to 800 yards on US #5 (3.75 mm needles). The yellow sample pictured measures about 66" x 24". So in most cases, 2 average sized skeins of fingering/sock weigh yarn should be sufficient for the pattern size.

BIG CHARTS! I highly recommend setting the "Page Scaling" on your Adobe Acrobat printing window (left side) to NONE in order for the charts to print as large as possible.


4.5 st = 1 in stockinette blocked

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 66" x 24" but easily customizable


  • US Size 5 / 3.75 mm 32" circular
  • US Size 8 / 5.00 mm DPN (1) for border bind off
  • US Size 5 / 3.75 mm DPN (2) for grafting lace edge
  • Crochet hook for provisional cast on, any size between D through G

You Will Also Need:

  • 4 stitch markers; 1 locking stitch marker or small stitch holder; blocking supplies, including approximately 180 T-pins; tapestry needle to weave in ends; waste yarn for provisional cast on

Suggested yarn:

800 yards of Fingering weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Madelinetosh Tosh Sock