Light and Up by Caroline Wiens
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Light and Up

January 2013
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 21 rows = 4 inches
US 8 - 5.0 mm
400 - 440 yards (366 - 402 m)
This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

I love eyelets and simple designs! This shawl is very wearable and also very easy to knit!

The shawl requires less than one skein of fingering weight yarn but thanks to the bigger needles it has a generous size, 150 cm x 70 cm when blocked. Block it aggressively to open up the eyelet parts!! The bigger needles also make the shawl very light and airy! It drapes wonderfully around your neck and since it has a slightly crescent shape it stays put on your shoulders. The shawl is knitted in stockinette stitch with an easy lace border.

Please note that if you are using smaller needles than stated in the pattern you are going to end up with a totally different kind of shawl, both in drape and size!

The yellow shawl is knit in linen yarn and is a perfect summer shawl. The blue is knit in Malabrigo Sock Yarn and can be worn all year round as a bit of squishy luxury around your neck. The red one is knitted in Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball.

Afterthought: I’ve noticed that many of you have run out of yarn before the shawl is finished. I made three shawls just to check the yardage, but maybe I’m a tight knitter. Here’s what you can do: Begin the lace pattern earlier. You can start it anytime as long as it’s from the WS.

A Swedish version is now available.

A French version is available thanks to tiskajumper, and also a German one thanks to SahneKuh!

Now a Portuguese version is also available thanks to Silcon.


I checked the pattern thoroughly before I published it, but despite that there are some unclear parts in the pattern. Thank you loeweness, for pointing that out!

I should have written like this:

Knit rows 1-3 and continue with row 4:

Row 4: k2, sm, m1L, k to next marker, m1R, sm, k1 (center stitch), sm, m1L, k to next marker, m1R, sm, k2.

Repeat rows 3 and 4 until you have 227 stitches.

I think if you are an experienced knitter you got it anyway, but if you’re not, this may have confused you. I’m sorry! The pattern has been updated 19th of Jan.

One more clarification: The lace pattern consist of four rows that are repeated three times so that you get three rows of eyelets in each section.

The shape should be like this when blocked.