Girasole by Jared Flood


December 2008
Lace ?
24 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in lace pattern, after blocking
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 9 - 5.5 mm
1150 - 1675 yards (1052 - 1532 m)
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This versatile circular lace pattern can yield a warm and homey throw worked in Shelter, a pleasingly rustic shawl in Loft, or a gossamer web suited to formal occasions in Vale. Knit from the center outward in concentric rings of varied charted motifs, Girasole engages your mind and fingers at every spiral of knitting and produces a beautifully integrated whole. Keep it classic in a warm or cool white or work up the perfect bright accent in a floral hue.


This shawl is worked circularly from the center out. The lace edging is worked back and forth and joined to the live shawl stitches as it progresses.


Laceweight Version: 1150 total yards of laceweight wool yarn
Worsted Weight Version: 1675 total yards of worsted weight wool yarn


Laceweight Version: 3 skeins Brooklyn Tweed Vale (100% American Rambouillet wool; 450 yards/50 grams)
Worsted Weight Version: 12 skeins Brooklyn Tweed Shelter (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 140 yards/50g)
Worsted Weight Version photographed in Shelter, Hayloft
Laceweight Version photographed in Vale, Heron


Laceweight Version: 24 stitches & 26 rounds = 4” over lace pattern, after blocking
Worsted Weight Version: 16 stitches & 18 rounds = 4” over lace pattern, after blocking

Note: Finished gauge will vary once shawl is blocked into circular shape.
Listed gauges are a guide. Experience shows us that this pattern looks wonderful in a number of gauges and yarn weights. Experimentation is encouraged!


One 32” circular needle and one set of double-pointed needles (DPNs) in size needed to obtain pattern gauge
Laceweight Version suggested size: 4 mm (US 6)
Worsted Weight suggested size: 5½ mm (US 9)
32” circular needle can be used instead of DPNs if using the Magic Loop method for working small circumferences in the round (e.g., the center of the shawl).

Finished Dimensions

Laceweight Version: 51” (129.5 cm) diameter
Worsted Weight Version: 72” (183 cm) diameter
Measurements taken from relaxed fabric after blocking

Tutorials for all special techniques listed below are included in the pattern:
Circular Cast On
Backward Loop Cast On
Crocheted Provisional Cast On
Kitchener Stitch (Grafting)

Skill Level

3 out of 5

Please note: the stitch patterns for this shawl are charted only.