Renewal by Jessica Miles
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March 2015
Lace ?
22 stitches and 44 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch
US 5 - 3.75 mm
850 - 900 yards (777 - 823 m)
This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

For anyone who has been following the charts, there was an error in the Emergent Buds chart in the previous version. The previous version indicated to knit the first two stitches of all right side rows and to purl the first two stitches of wrong side rows: be sure to knit the first two stitches of every row during the Emergent Buds section.


Renewal is a large shawl that can be worked in either lace-weight or light fingering weight yarn. The blue shawl shown was worked in lace-weight in a single color, and the gold and brown shawl was worked in light fingering in two colors of yarn. A photo towards the end of the list shows the shawls on top of each other, so you can see the comparative size difference due to gauge.

The shawl begins with a garter tab and is worked top-down in a triangle shape, then is worked in a crescent shape throughout the lace section of the body. The shawl is finished with a knit-on border that is worked perpendicularly to the body stitches. Everything is knitted in one piece.

Updated 4-13 to include written instructions as well as charts for the lace sections.

The shape of Renewal is rather unique, in that it begins as a triangle, and finishes as a crescent. The shaping creates a shawl that is satisfyingly wide in wingspan, and moderately deep (but not too deep). The crescent shaping lends itself to fitting well around one’s shoulders, while the triangular body allows the shawl to be easily worn wrapped around the neck with the point in front – bandanna-style.

Yarn Requirements:

• 850-900 yards of lace-weight or light fingering-weight yarn in a solid or semi-solid color

• To make a 2-color version, you will need:

500 - 525 yards for garter triangle and border
350 - 375 yards for emergent buds lace

Lace-weight version:

• Yarn with ~850-900 yards per 100g
• Gauge: 22 stitches x 44 rows per 4” square in garter stitch
• Finished Size: 18” deep at center x 82” wide at top edge

Light Fingering-weight version:

• Yarn with ~500-550 yards per 100g
• Gauge: 17 stitches x 40 rows per 4” square in garter stitch
• Finished Size: 24” deep at center x 90” wide at top edge

Special thanks to kanganyc for test knitting her beautiful version in 2 colors!

Also thanks to Jenny Zimmerer for translating into German!

Version 2 Update:

The decrease in rows 3 and 7 of the Emergent Buds section should be worked as a left-leaning double-decrease: “slip knit-wise, k2tog, psso”. The original version of the legend listed this as “knit, slip, psso”, which was incorrect. The chart remains the same, only the instructions for how to work that stitch have changed.

Version 3 Update:

Added written instructions, edited the emergent buds chart to make the repeat section more clear and match the written instructions, and updated correct purl stitch count for wrong-side rows. All right-side rows with lace stitches remained the same.

Version 4 Update:

Adjusted written instructions for row of the emergent lace section: should end with:

…repeat until 2 stitches remain. YO, (K)x2.

Version 5 Update:

Adjusted stitch counts and instructions for transition section between lace and border.