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I am originally from Switzerland, but live in the US since ‘99. I have been knitting since I was about five years old and I mostly make my own designs and patterns. I started designing my own ...

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Tulip Tree

from OwlCat Designs
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Tulip Tree
Tulip Tree
Tulip Tree
Tulip Tree
Tulip Tree
Tulip Tree

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knit
  • purl
  • various increases and decreases (s2kp, sk2p, k3tg, p3tg, skp, k2tg, etc)
  • familiarity with lace knitting

Pattern Description:

Tulip Tree is a top-down triangular lace shawl knit in fingering weight yarn and can be completed using just one skein of most sock yarns. Designed to use a bit more substantial yarn to keep the spring chill at bay, it will work up much quicker than a traditional lace shawl and while being a bit less delicate will look just as impressive!

Inspiration for this shawl came on one of my outdoor excursions. While hiking the Appalachian Trail on an April morning, leaving from a valley lush with the green of spring, it was hard to ignore that the higher the trail climbed, the less green it got and higher up trees and branches had fewer and fewer leaves, some not having put forth any growth at all.
The shawl depicts the tulip tree as it starts to burst into life in early spring. Starting with the leaves, the unopened buds higher up and finally the border representing the highest branches with the flowers in all their splendor!


This Pattern is available charted only

Most of the pattern is plain purl rows on the wrong side, but there are 2 rows that are 'true lace' where a simple pattern is worked on the wrong side as well.


7 stitches = 1 inch in stockinette. Gauge is not essental with this project, (changes in gauge will change yardage required)

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Approx. 45" (120 cm) tip to tip, 28" (72 cm) center back. Measured relaxed after blocking


  • US 6 (4.0 mm) 32" circular needles (use appropriate size for your yarn)
  • 400 - 440 yards (366 - 402 m) of fingering/sock weight yarn - Madeline Tosh Merino Light, "Tern" colorway for gray shawl pictured; KnitPicks Stroll Tonal, "Springtime" colorway for green shawl pictured

You Will Also Need:

  • stitch markers
  • T-pins and/or lace blocking wires for blocking
  • blocking mats (optional, you can use your spare room carpet or bed, like me!)

Suggested yarn:

440 yards of Fingering weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Any fingering/sock yarn of your choice