Dragonflies-in Flight

Lace Shawl Pattern

Knit this delicate, lacy  light-weight shawl—perfect for cool summer evenings.


While I was visiting my daughter in Hawai’i, we were walking along a rocky headland one day and came across a place where a little stream washed across the rocks before dumping into the sea. There were lots of little freshwater pools and dragonflies of many colors darted everywhere. Rebecca loves dragonflies and spent a long time photographing them—sometimes almost standing on her head to do so. Everywhere nearby grew the naupaka shrub that I found beautiful and which has a very sweet, romantic legend attached to it. These two things were the inspiration for this shawl, which I have knitted in both cotton lace weight and silk lace weight yarn. It is nice for cool spring/summer evenings or almost any evening in Hawai'i.


This is a triangular-shaped shawl. The border of this shawl is worked first back and forth on short straight needles. Then the stitches for the body of the shawl are picked up on circular needles around the edge of the border and the shawl is worked in decreasing rows from the outside to the top center. It measures approximately 72 inches (188 cm) wide by 33 inches (84 cm) from top center to the point. Your measurements may vary depending on needle size and the yarn you choose.


Included in the downloadable files are two versions of the charts—one for printing on letter-sized paper and one for those of you who use electronic media to read your charts.


Although this is a pattern for experienced lace knitters, extensive pattern notes and tips throughout guide you through the process.





Difficulty: Advanced—some experience with lace knitting is highly recommended.  The charts are quite large.


Yarn: Approximately 1800 yards of lace weight yarn. I suggest silk, cotton, or bamboo or a blend of these. For best results for showing off the lace pattern, choose a yarn that is smooth, i.e. do not use a yarn which has a halo or texture.

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