Renewal by Jessica Miles


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


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

Danish version available here:

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

Also thanks to Jenny Zimmerer for translating into German, and to Marianne Holmen for translating into Danish!