Borne on the Waves by Mona Terwedow
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Borne on the Waves

November 2015
Lace ?
16 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch, blocked lightly
US 8 - 5.0 mm
470 yards (430 m)
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Everchanging as the sea that inspired it, Borne on the Waves will keep you interested with short-row shaping and patterning on both sides.

This lovely piece of lacework is a perfect light layer of warmth for sunset walks along the beach, evenings spent sipping cocktails by the pool, or anywhere else you want to be reminded of the ocean.

Each section is different, and can be knit with a different yarn, making this a great pattern for using up partial balls of laceweight yarn. Also, Sea Foam and A Distant Shore are optional sections.

Yardage/weight by section
Sea Foam: 94yds/86m (10g)
Breakers: 57yds/52m (6g)
Crest of the Wave: 76yds/69m (8g)
Out at Sea: 94yds/86m (10g)
A Distant Shore: 123yds/112m (13g)

Borne on the Waves was originally released as a Mystery Knit-Along (MKAL). The pattern is still available in the separate clue format, instructions and charts, or as a complete pattern. The files to choose for the complete pattern are BorneontheWavesfinal.pdf and Borne_chart_complete.pdf.

Skills Used

  • standard increases/decreases
  • centered double increase
  • wrap and turn
  • basic lace from chart or written instructions


  • Malabrigo Lace (100% Baby Merino wool, 470yds/430m per 50g/1.76oz); Whales Road, 1 skein, or other lace weight yarn
  • US 8/5.0mm needle, or size needed to obtain recommended gauge
  • 16 stitch markers and 1 locking stitch marker (optional, but recommended for written instructions)
  • tapestry needle or crochet hook for weaving in ends
  • row counter (optional)

I would like to thank my Ravelry test-knitters (karakoolkitty, kettavern, sarahstone12, NaniBear, and snowbaby312, and my tech editor (eledixon, for all their help getting this pattern ready!

Thanks also to Linda Browning (tinyknit) for the wonderful pictures taken in the Florida Keys!