Quill by Jared Flood


March 2012
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
19 stitches and 19 rows = 4 inches
in Lace-blocked Garter Stitch
US 5 - 3.75 mm
40” x 40” (50” x 50”) square
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“This ethereal shawl or blanket is an homage to traditional hap shawls of the Shetland islands. These beautiful, utilitarian shawls were made and worn to protect the wearer from the harsh weather conditions of the Scottish Isles. The wavy lace motifs on the broad border were often used as a canvas for color experimentation (like our striped variations), but haps are equally stunning in a solid color, where natural shades of wool allow the delicate textures to shine. The pattern calls for fingering-weight yarn, but it can be upsized easily using sport, DK, or even worsted weight. Quill is the quintessential heirloom baby blanket, one that I’m proud to say has warmed many babies in the Flood family over the years!” — designer, Jared Flood

Please note: the stitch patterns used for this accessory may be worked from written or charted instructions.

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  • The center portion, which is worked first, is a simple garter stitch square that involves no shaping.
  • The Lace Frame is worked in the round and picked up directly from the fabric of the completed Center Square. A double increase is worked at each of the four corners on every other row to shape the frame.
  • The shawl is completed with a traditional Knitted On Edging. This technique removes the need for a standard (inelastic) bind-off edge.
  • Instructions for Small size appear first, followed by Large size. If only one set of instructions appears, it applies to both sizes.


Choose from Brooklyn Tweed fingering weight yarns:

Small Size, Single-Color Version

  • 1100 yards/1006 meters

Large Size, Four-Color Version

  • 1416 yards/1295 meters of MC; 268 yards/245 meters of C1; 104 yards/95 meters of C2; 159 yards/145 meters of C3

Large Size, Five-Color Version

  • 1375 yards/1258 meters of MC; 200 yards/183 meters of C1; 165 yards/151 meters of C2; 210 yards/193 meters of C3; 200 yards/183 meters of C4

  • For Large, Single-Color Version, you will need approximately 2150 yards/1966 meters.

  • Sample 1, Large Size, Four-Color Version, is photographed in Tones Light colors Baseline Overtone (MC), Icicle Overtone (C1), Zest Undertone (C2), & Deco Undertone (C3).

  • Sample 2, Small Size, is photographed in Loft color Fossil.

  • Sample 3, Large Size, Five-Color Version, is photographed in Loft colors Meteorite (MC), Woodsmoke (C1), Barn Owl (C2, retired), Stormcloud (C3), & Truffle Hunt (C4).

  • Sample 4, Small Size, is photographed in Loft color Snowbound.


19 stitches and 19 ridges (38 rows) = 4” in Garter Stitch, relaxed after lace-blocking


One 32” circular needle in size needed to obtain gauge
Suggested Size: US 5 (3¾ mm)


Small (Large)

Finished Dimensions

40” x 40” (50” x 50”) square, relaxed after lace-blocking

Skill Level

3 of 5: Intermediate


Tutorials for all special techniques listed below are included in the pattern:

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Japanese Translation by Meri Tanaka
German Translation by Martina Hecht
French Translation by Cindy Héteau