Forbidden Cliffs by Kay Hopkins

Forbidden Cliffs

July 2018
Light Fingering ?
24 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette
US 5 - 3.75 mm
500 - 750 yards (457 - 686 m)
one size fits all - adjustable Pattern written for 82 inches wide and 26 inches deep at point
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Forbidden Cliffs is a striking yet simple lace shawl that can be made in various yarn weights. The size is adjustable based on how many times the lace chart is worked.

Options are included for a deeper stockinette section at the top and for two different finishing edges; in addition, the garter ridges could easily be worked in a contrasting color. Hint: This would work up beautifully in a long gradient yarn….just work it until you are close to running out of yarn then bind off.

Construction is top-down and triangular in shape. The pattern has stockinette rows and a garter ridge before starting the lace section. This shawl can be worked in fingering to DK weight yarn and the size is adjustable by how many times the lace chart is worked. The lace pattern is easily memorized and goes rather quickly.

The instructions are both written and charted and the pattern has been professionally tech edited and tested.


This shawl is inspired by the Forbidden Cliffs on the central coast of Oregon. “It is the forbidden part of Neahkahnie Mountain. A secret place near Manzanita - and for good reason (it’s dangerous as hell) - it is one of the stranger and more startlingly beautiful places on all of Oregon’s Coast. Wild and untamed barely describe what’s happening here.” (Photos and information courtesy of Oregon Coast Beach Connection)

72 inches/183cm wide and 26 inches/66cm deep at point of triangle. Size is adjustable by working more or fewer lace repeats..
Malabrigo Sock: Light Fingering (100% Wool Merino); 440 yds (402m)/3.53 oz (100g). Sample shown in color Pearl.


Fingering: Brooklyn Tweed Peerie or Shibui Staccato
Sport: Sincere Sheep Cormo or Shibui Birch
DK: BT Arbor

Estimated Yarn Required:
500 yds/457m - 750 yds/686m of fingering. Yarn requirements will vary depending on gauge and specific yarn used.
Accessible to an advanced beginner knitter with some experience in lace knitting. Instructions are both written and charted.