Melon Pattern for a Shawl or Scarf by Jane Sowerby

Melon Pattern for a Shawl or Scarf

November 2006
Lace ?
18 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette stitch
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
700 yards (640 m)
17" x 72"
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Errata available:

Original lace pattern from Weldon’s Practical Knitter, Volume 5, No. 55, 14th Series, 1890.

Pattern Description from Victorian Lace Today: “Weldon’s original instructions suggested either ‘a charming light wrap’ in a fine lace yarn, or a more substantial garment in a thicker yarn. The center pattern was so pretty that I almost decided not to add the border, but in the end could not resist the temptation. However, a scarf in just the melon pattern would be lovely, say six pattern repeats with four garter stitches at each side and six rows at each end.”

Difficulty: Intermediate Lace

Measurements: 17” x 72”

Yarn Weight/Yardage: #2 Fine Weight / 700 yds

Yarn & Colorway: Rowan Kidsilk Haze 3 balls in 597 Jelly


  • 4.5mm/US 7 circular needles, or size to obtain gauge, 60cm (24”) or longer
  • Two 4mm/US 6 double-pointed needles


  • Stitch markers
  • Blunt needle
  • Small amount of smooth yarn for cast-on

Note: The decrease in the first row of the Center Panel reduces the stitch count to the correct pattern multiple; the extra cast-on stitch provides the correct number of loops for the knitted-on border.

Pages: 146-147