Ferns and Lace Shawlette by Justina McBride

Ferns and Lace Shawlette

March 2017
Witch Candy Superwash Merino / Silk Sock Yarn
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
8.5 stitches and 12 rows = 1 inch
in Garter Stitch (Unblocked)
US 6 - 4.0 mm
400 - 540 yards (366 - 494 m)
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The Ferns and Lace Shawlette was inspired by fern leaves, which have an understated beauty about them, with their rich green hues and symmetry. The stitch pattern repeats used in this triangular shawlette create a naturally scalloped edge along one side that can be further enhanced when blocking. A picot bind off gives a lovely finish to the opposite side, which can be further enhanced during the blocking process. This lacy shawlette is light and airy, perfect for spring and summer, and really all year long.

This pattern includes written instructions ONLY. A simple schematic diagram/visual of the shawl IS included for the purpose of clarifying the construction process and aiding those that may choose to knit this in multi-colors.


~U.S. 6 (4.00 mm) 36” Circular Knitting Needles
~Approximately 400-540 yards of super wash merino wool/nylon (75%/25%) blend or super wash merino wool/silk (80%/20%) blend in fingering/sock yarn (weight category 1). The shawlette shown here was made using one skein (400 yards) of Verdigris on a super wash merino wool/silk blend hand dyed by Witch Candy.
~Tapestry or Yarn Needle
~Your preferred blocking tools

Gauge (before blocking): (Using U.S. 6 needles and in garter stitch) 8.5 stitches = 1 inch; 12 rows = 1 inch
Gauge (after blocking): (Using U.S. 6 needles and in garter stitch) 6 stitches = 1 inch; 9.5 rows = 1 inch

The gauge is not super important as you can easily add repeats to make this as long as you want. It will effect the required yardage.

Finished Dimensions of Shawl (after blocking): Longest side approximately 62.5”; second longest side approximately 41.25”; shortest side approximately 41”; and approximately 26” from the top of the longest side to the bottom point.


This is a triangular shawl that begins with a small number of stitches and increases on one side. It is knit from side to side. Generally this creates an asymmetrical triangle; however, the final dimensions of this shawl when blocked to the measurements listed above result in an almost perfect isosceles triangle. If you customize this shawl by adding extra repeats, this will result in a more asymmetrical triangle.

Knitting Techniques you should be familiar with:
K2Tog, P2Tog, PSSO, sl1k, YO, and Purl Reverse Decrease

Difficulty Level

I would list this pattern as an Intermediate pattern concerning difficulty level but Advanced concerning concentration effort. There are a lot of YOs to pay attention to and the Purl Reverse Decrease can be an easy place to mess up if not focusing. So if you are looking for a project to kick back for some Netflix and Knitting (which we all love!!), this probably isn’t the project for you. However, if you don’t mind a little extra focus and a fun challenge, this girl is for you and I believe she is worth the extra effort.