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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 ...

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Nadira Shawl

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

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Knit
  • Purl
  • Increase and decreasing
  • Familiarity with basic lace knitting
  • Ability to work from charts or willingness to learn

Pattern Description:

Nadira means "rare" or "precious" in Persian, two words that aptly describe the wonder that is lace knitting. I have always loved Persian carpets, particularly the more minimalist designs where diamonds and other simplified geometric and fanciful shapes abound. Because I used the structure of these carpets as an inspiration for this design, I thought it fitting that it should have a beautiful Persian name.

Nadira is a lace top-down triangular shawl that was designed to be knitted with lace weight yarn, although fingering weight would certainly be appropriate to use as well.

Nadira is offered as a comprehensive 20-page charted pattern with large, easy-to-read charts and very detailed instructions on how to use them. Even knitters who have not previously used charts should find these user-friendly and simple to comprehend. My charts have made believers out of many knitters who were vehemently anti-chart before using mine. But if you have any questions or comments, pattern support is my pleasure and is always available.

But what is really different about this pattern is that it has an extra section after the main charts called "Design Your Own Shawl," where you can knit the various motifs found in the main body of the shawl in whatever order you like in order to customize the design and size of your shawl. There is an option to knit the entire body in stockinette as well. The cool thing is that you can knit the shawl several times and it will look different each time! Also included are detailed blocking instructions.


Gauge is not really important in lace knitting, but the shawl pictured was knitted at a gauge of 5 1/2 st = 1" blocked

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 66" x 33" but measurement may vary based upon needle size, yarn gauge and how hard you block the shawl
  • The pattern has options for three sizes--small, medium and large-- knitted in lace weight
  • There is also a medium and large size when knitted in fingering weight


  • 730-830 yards of lace weight yarn - Miss Babs "Yasmin" yarn in the Violets colorway to knit the shawl pictured
  • US #3 (3.25 mm) circular needles - 29"-32" in length
  • US #5 (3.75mm) needle to bind off

You Will Also Need:

  • T-pins for blocking
  • Stitch Markers
  • Blocking Mats (nice to have but you can always use your bed!)