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I live in upstate New York, where the sunny season is short, leaving plenty of time to be indoors knitting. Despite holding a degree in apparel design from Cornell University, I took to knitting ...

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(6) Name: 'Knitting : Skywalker

Pattern Description:

Skywalker is a semi-circular shawl, worked from the top down. You start with 9 stitches picked up around a garter stitch rectangle, and work out with increase rows loosely based on Elizabeth Zimmermann's Pi-Shawl formula.

Lace patterns are placed in between these increase rows. The stitches start out quite easy and get a bit more challenging as the project progresses and you are ready to learn new skills!

Lace Weight Version
Sweet Georgia Cash Silk (55% silk/45% cashmere; 4 oz [113 g] / 400 yds [366 m]) 1 skein
Light Fingering Weight Version
String Theory Blue Stocking (80% blue faced leicester wool/ 20% nylon; 4 oz [115 g]/ 420 yards [384 m]) 1 skein


22 sts/30 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch, unblocked


  • You will need approx. 400 yards of fingering or lace weight yarn. A luxury yarn you have been saving for an extra special reason would be PERFECT for this project!
  • Lace Weight Version- 400 yards Lace Weight Yarn US size 4 [3.5 mm] circular needles or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Light Fingering Weight Version- 420 yards Light Fingering Weight Yarn US size 5 [3.75 mm] circular needles or size needed to obtain gauge

You Will Also Need:

  • Length of smooth scrap yarn
  • Tapestry needle