Grandma Helen's Lace by Lorna Miser

Grandma Helen's Lace

March 2009
Lace ?
20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette stitch
US 4 - 3.5 mm
3.5 mm (E)
1250 yards (1143 m)
Width: approximately 54 inches; Length: approximate 30 inches
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Pattern Description from Faith, Hope, Love, Knitting: “Lace doilies were Grandma Helen’s favorite knitting project, but I decided to celebrate her with a lace shawl instead. I made my design in a soft shade of green, a color that looked beautiful on her, and used her ‘crocheted-off’ edging - I call it ‘Helen’s Loopy Bind-Off’ - rather than a conventional knitted bind-off. I don’t know whether Grandma made up the edging herself or learned it from someone, but it makes a beautiful, delicate, and flexible edging for the shawl.”

Skill Level: Experienced

Size: One size

Finished Measurements:

  • Width: approximately 54 inches
  • Length: approximate 30 inches


  • Lorna’s Laces Yarns Helen’s Lace (50% silk / 50% wool; 1250 yd/1140m per 4 oz skein), one skein color 43NS sage
  • Stitch markers
  • One 29-inch US #4 (3.5mm) circular needle
  • Crochet hook size E (3.5mm)
  • Waste yarn or spare needle for holding stitches not in use
  • Approximately 300 size 8 seed beads
  • Tapestry needle

Gauge: 20 sts and 28 rows = 4 inch in Stockinette st (blocked)

Notes: Shawl is worked back-and-forth in one piece. A circular needle is used to accommodate the large number of stitches.