Paper Lanterns by Leigh Radford

Paper Lanterns

September 2005
21 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette stitch (St st) using Shosenshi Paper
US 8 - 5.0 mm
280 - 591 yards (256 - 540 m)
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Pattern description from Alterknits: “Two fabulous papery Japanese yarns (one pure linen, the other a blend of Linen and nylon) inspired these translucent, quick-to-knit lanterns, which I’ve used to cover ordinary Christmas lights. They create a festive atmosphere wherever you place them.”

Finished Measurements: Using 1 strand of Shosenshi Paper: 1.5” square; Using 1 strand each Shosenshi Paper and Paper Moire: 1.75” wide x 1.5” tall


  • Habu Textiles Shosenshi Paper (100% linen; 280 yards/3 ounces): 1 skein. Shown in #115 gray/beige.
  • Habu Textiles Paper Moire (50% linen, 50% nylon; 311 yards/0.5 ounce): 1 ball Shown in #05 mocha.
  • Note: This amount of yarn will make 40-50 lanterns.

Needles: One set of 5 double-pointed needles (dpn) size US 8 (5mm). Change needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Materials: 8-foot strand or desired length decorative indoor Christmas lights

Notions: Yarn needle, stitch markers.

Additional Gauge: 18 sts and 24 rows = 4” in St st using Shosenshi Paper and Paper Moire together.

Note from Alterknits: “Using dpn helps to define the ‘edges’ of each square lantern; pinching the sides of the lantern, where you have moved from one dpn to the next, further defines the edges.”