A Sympathetic Ear by a catnach

A Sympathetic Ear

December 2018
Any gauge - designed for any gauge ?
574 - 1094 yards (525 - 1000 m)
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This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

On the theme of friendship

… a triangular shawl with wide crescent border, worked top-down from a small cast-on. The four lace stitch-patterns were chosen to reflect the theme: Synergy, Resist, Hug and Friendship.

The size is adaptable: the two laces that create the shawl body may be repeated as you please - you can use just one, or combine the two ad lib - and the lace of the border may be extended to make best use of your yarn. There is also a choice between working the spine with crossed stitches (as in the green sample shawl) or with openwork knots (as in the grey/pink shawl).

Suitable for any yarn, from fingering to cobweb weight, that knits with good stitch-definition. The two samples were worked in heavy laceweight merino/silk:


Please note that the pattern is given as charts only, with little written explanation. It should present no difficulties to knitters with experience of working lace and the ability to read their stitches, but is not really suitable for beginners.

If you have any problems with the pattern, please pm me and I shall try to help.


Chart 1a row 17 missing in pattern as originally published. Profuse apologies! Version 2 published 27 Dec 18.

Chart 2a row 21: after the spine stitches, first few stitches should be
k1 ssk yo 1/1 …
(the yarnover is mis-shown as k1)

Chart 3b 2nd half: precautionary note that the repeat-box shunts to the left by a few stitches. Just keep going and it should work.

- updated pattern issued 29 March 2019 -


The lace stitch-patterns were designed by Naomi Parkhurst. Further details, and more of her fascinating lace-stitch designs, may be found at her blog-site, String Geekery.