Peony – Pfingstrose Shawl by Hayley Tsang Sather

Peony – Pfingstrose Shawl

March 2016
yarn held together
Lace ?
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
1000 - 1050 yards (914 - 960 m)
one size
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A formatted for Knit Companion version of Pfingstrose Shawl – Peony is also available on Create2Thrive.

SIMPLY PEONY – a shorter version
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ERRATA (fixed in latest version):
Chart C: Markers move one stitch to the left on row 57.
Chart E, Row 87 and 88 should be 315 sts (not 321).
Chart G: row numbers on the right of the bottom chart don’t line up with the rows in the chart.

Pfingstrose Shawl – Peony is a large deep-crescent shaped shawl based on Herbert Niebling’s pattern of the same name, Peony in English. Peony is worked from the top down with increases throughout the body. The original pattern, in half, is a half circle. I added patterns to the two edges for a softer deep-crescent shape. I hope to continue modifying these amazing designs into a shawl shape with well illustrated charts and clear instructions so more knitters will discover and enjoy the magic of Niebling.

Peony uses approximately 1,050 yards/960 meters of heavy-lace-weight yarns. It may also be knitted in lace-weight yarn for a more open look, or fingering-weight yarn for a denser fabric, and even larger shawl. Peony may be knitted with or without beads. The number of beads used for applicable sections is listed below.

Skill Level
Medium to advanced with complicated chart sequences. Charts only. Not suitable for anyone new to chart reading. It’s not a difficult pattern as far as the type of stitches is concerned for there aren’t any new or unusual stitches. It is, however, a VERY complicated pattern when it comes to following the sequence of the charts, especially towards the end of the shawl. This pattern is not for anyone new to chart or lace knitting, or who has trouble following complicated instructions/directions.

Lace and heavy lace weight are recommended. It’s a large shawl so using fingering weight will give you a giant shawl!

Yardage – red Peony shown in second picture used 1046y / 957m of Dye Diana Dye PurBamboo{heavy lace} with US2.5 / 3mm needles. Test knit usage ranged from 874y to 1175y / 818m to 1075m. Link to picture and info of each test knitter’s shawl.

To best showcase the various stitch patterns of Peony, self-striping or variegated yarn with vast tonal differences is NOT recommended.

Gauge isn’t important but will determine the final size of the shawl.

Sample shawl (red Peony shown in second picture) is knitted on US2.5 / 3mm needles. Go up or down needle size depending on the weight of your yarn and the tension of your knitting. Please note that this will affect yardage required.

Circular needles in size US2.5 / 3mm depending on your tension, stitch markers, blunt tapestry needle, crochet hook or other tool if you are adding beads, T-pins, and blocking wire(s) and mat (optional).

Size 6 or 8 rounds for lace weight, size 6 rounds or size 5 triangles for fingering weight. Bead all or just some of these charts.

Chart A 18
Chart B 9
Chart C 16
Chart D 92
Chart E 20
Chart F 60
Chart G 74
Chart H 133
Chart I 147
Chart J 266
Chart K 45-61
Total 880–896 beads

A sincere thank you goes to our wonderful test knitters without whose help and invaluable input, this pattern would never have been realized.

Links to project page, in the order of the pictures on the left:
Trang – lace weight
Hayley – heavy lace weight
Alyssa – cobweb weight held double
Diana – lace weight
Fiona – heavy lace weight
Glenys – lace weight
Jutta – lace weight
Ma – lace weight
Marcy – fine lace weight
Tish – lace weight