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Umbel Shawl

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(6) Name: 'Knitting : Umbel Shawl
Umbel Shawl
Umbel Shawl
Umbel Shawl
Umbel Shawl
Umbel Shawl

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • work basic lace stitches

Pattern Description:

Umbel is a botanical term for a type of inflorescence that resembles an umbrella. I chose the name because the clusters of nupps in this stitch pattern remind me of Queen Anne's Lace and geraniums.

Umbel is a flat-knit square shawl, worked in a beautiful textured Estonian lace stitch. It is designed to stay on the shoulders, drape beautifully and keep you warm when there's a chill in the air. Instructions are provided for altering the size of the shawl, and it's possible for more advanced knitters to work this as a triangular shawl using the Fill-in-the-Blanks Shawl Design ebook.


- 15 sts / 20 rows over 10cm / 4in in stocking stitch after blocking.
- Gauge isn't critical, but it will affect the final size and yardage of the shawl.
- Make sure the lace looks open and clear.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Finished size is 100cm / 40in across each side of the square,
  • with a height of 70cm / 27.5in at the central point when worn.
  • Instructions are included for working a smaller or larger shawl.


  • Approx. 750m / 820yds of lace-weight yarn
  • 4mm (US 6) straight or circular needles
  • 5.5mm (US 9) needle for binding off

You Will Also Need:

  • 5 stitch markers
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
  • Blocking wires & pins

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