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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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Wilshire Shawl

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

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Knit
  • Purl
  • Increase and decrease
  • Familiarity with basic lace knitting

Pattern Description:

Wilshire is a contemporary lace top-down triangular shawl inspired by the classic Art Deco architecture of Los Angeles, particularly on Wilshire Boulevard, that captivated me when I lived there a few years ago. The bold geometric forms of chevrons, diamonds and zig zags which are characteristic of Art Deco design have been incorporated into the wide border of the shawl, with diamond bands breaking up the stockinette sections of the shawl body.

Wilshire would look lovely knitted in either lace or fingering weight yarn. A solid, tonal or subtly variegated yarn is recommended to showcase the intricacy of the border design.

Wilshire is offered as a chart-only 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.

Also included are two additional instruction sheets that may be helpful for anyone new to lace shawl knitting: "How to Block a Lace Shawl" and "Lace Shawl Knitting Tips."

So pick up your needles, step back in time to the 1920s when stylish ladies wore beaded silk dresses with long elegant shawls and knit a little piece of history.


5 st = 1 inch blocked (gauge is not critical with this project)

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 38" x 76"


  • Approximately 850 yards of lace weight yarn, although yardage will vary if substituting different needle sizes or yarn weights
  • The blue shawl pictured used Creatively Dyed Yarns, "Waterfalls" Lace, Daniel Ridge colorway, which is a heavy lace weight yarn
  • US Size 4 (3.5mm) - 32" circulars, but if you are using a lighter weight lace yarn, US 3 needles may be substituted
  • US #6 (4.00 mm) needle to bind off

You Will Also Need:

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