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Shining Bird's Eyes Shawl

January 2008
Sport / 5 ply (12 wpi) ?
14 stitches = 4 inches in pattern stitch on larger needles after blocking
US 8 - 5.0 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
5.0 mm (H)
680 yards (622 m)
162 cm wide at widest point by 91 cm (64 in by 36 in) long at longest point after blocking

All seeing and bright
From the heights of clouds -
Shining bird’s eyes

Bird’s Eye Lace is also known as Spider lace 1. This lace pattern was first published as a Round Shetland Veil, in 1867 2. Sharon Miller rated the original lace pattern and her Birds Eye Shawl, which was knitted from bottom up, tricky and difficult, and for experienced knitters only.

I used an old lace motif for my Shining Bird’s Eyes Shawl, and in contrast to Sharon Miller’s design, it is knit from the top down. Due to the nature of top down construction, the pattern was simplified into a 6 stitch and 4 row repeat. It is my hope that this variation, which elimates the pattern’s trickiness, and clears its mystery, will allow many more knitters to enjoy this elegant pattern.

The shawl’s edge is finished with Crown picot cast off 4 to echo the bird’s eye motif.

Materials list from Elann pdf December 12, 2013:

  • (3) balls elann.com Silken Kydd (637 m/697 yd lace wgt)
  • (6) balls elann.com Peruvian Baby Cashmere (600 m/654 yd fingering wgt)
  • 5 mm (US 8) 60 cm (24 in) circular needle
  • 4 mm (US 6) straight needles for Crown picot bind off
  • 5 mm (H-5) crochet hook for provisional cast on

Originally offered by elann.com as a free pattern. Visit international.elann.com to see currently available free patterns.

Over the years elann.com has offered a variety of free patterns to showcase elann brand yarns – this was one of them. As elann’s new site, international.elann.com, develops, many of these longtime favorite designs will be re-formatted and made available for purchase. This will be a time-consuming process, which we hope to accomplish by the end of 2015, so we ask for your patience. 

Throughout this process, on a rotating basis, we’ll be offering 6 free patterns per month at international.elann.com. They’ll be free for one month, and then subsequently available for purchase as .pdf downloads. We encourage you to visit international.elann.com often to see our latest offerings.