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Anastasia E White learnt to knit on a pair of pencils as a child but it was while completing her Bachelor of Fine Art at the University of British Columbia that she discovered a passion for ...

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Painted Plumes Shawl

from Jah Doily Knits
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Painted Plumes Shawl
Painted Plumes Shawl
Painted Plumes Shawl
Painted Plumes Shawl
Painted Plumes Shawl
Painted Plumes Shawl

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Knit
  • Purl
  • k2tog
  • ssk
  • sl2tog-k1-p2sso
  • Picot

Pattern Description:

Painted Plumes combines a love of hand-dyed yarns and lace. If you have ever been tempted by a beautiful skein of multi-coloured yarn only to be disappointed once it is wound and the colours muddled, this is the pattern for you.

Lace patterns can get lost in the colour pooling of variegated yarns, detracting from both the yarn and stitch pattern. Painted Plumes was designed specifically to showcase tonal and variegated yarns. Wings of stockinet stitch provide room to pool while a feathery center panel and lace border add elegance and intrigue to the shawl without detracting from multi-coloured yarns.

Rapid increases give this shawl a wide but shallow shape making it easy to wear. Increases are worked into the lace design eliminating the center stitch that runs up most top-down shawls and creating a rounded tip.

Knit in a silk blend lace weight yarn for a light and breezy summer shawl that drapes nicely over the shoulders or wool fingering for a warmer shawl. Worn kerchief style the lace center panel cascades down the front with ostrich plumes framing the sides.

Instructions for four sizes are included in the pattern along with both written stitch instructions and charts. Modified sizes are easily made by altering the number of center panel and ostrich plume repeats.


26 st over 38 rows in Stockinette stitch

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Kerchief: 81 x 46 cm/ 32 x 18 inches (325 m/ 325 yds)
  • Shawlette: 173 x 66 cm/ 68 x 26 inches (535 m/ 585 yds)
  • Shawl: 193 x 86 cm/ 76 x 33 inches (850 m/ 930 yds)
  • Big Shawl: 215 cm x 91 cm/ 85 x 36 inches (1,106 m/ 1,210 yds)


  • pins (for blocking)
  • Stitch marker (4)
  • US #2/ 2.75mm circular knitting needles

Suggested yarn:

585 yards of Lace weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Malabrigo, Silkpaca



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