Birdsong Lace Shawl by Hayley Tsang Sather

Birdsong Lace Shawl

March 2020
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
US 2 - 2.75 mm
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
550 - 625 yards (503 - 572 m)
one size
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A formatted for Knit Companion version of Protea Shawl is also available on Create2Thrive.


When something really awful happens, but it turns into something fantastic!
Urban Dictionary

We hope you will find a silver lining during challenging times. And we hope you will find comfort in the intricate stitches of Birdsong.

Our KAL thread here!

Birdsong Lace Shawl is a crescent-shape shawl with interesting textures based on the concept of the whole is greater than the sum of its individual parts. The ever-changing design also makes Birdsong a fun and engaging knit. Birdsong is worked from the top down with increases on the sides and throughout the body and uses approximately 600 yards / 550 meters of fingering-weight yarn. It may also be knitted in heavy lace weight for a more open lacy fabric, or heavier sport/dk-weight yarn to showcase the stitch patterns more. Birdsong may be knitted with or without beads.

Birdsong is another original design of Hayley’s that utilizes her love for juxtaposition by combining lace with textural fabric. It is named after the Birdsong colorway – a Vivid Fiber Arts gradient that Hayley used for this design. The urban dictionary definition of Birdsong also resonants with her.

Skill Level
Intermediate. Row-by-row written instruction for part of the pattern and charts only for the lace sections. Pattern – YO, ptbl, p2tog, and ssp – on some WS rows.

Gauge isn’t important but will determine the final size of the shawl.

Heavy lace, fingering, sport, and DK-weight yarns are all suitable. Finished dimensions may be adjusted by using different yarn weight and needle size to achieve varying gauges. Please refer to test knit data in the pattern for more information. If you are knitting a gradient and want to use up the entire skein, section-by-section test knit usage is shown on page 3 of pattern allowing you to go up a needle size at any given section. Do make sure you adjust your needle size on the wicker stitch sections accordingly.

Due to the frequent changing of needle size in this pattern, circular needles with interchangeable tips are highly recommended in various sizes from US2 / 2.75mm to US6 / 4.0mm (depending on yarn weight and your knitting tension), cable needle, crochet hook, stitch markers, blunt tapestry needle, T-pins, and blocking wire(s) and mat (optional).

Size 6 rounds or size 5 triangles for heavy-lace, fingering, and sport weight. Bead all or just some of these sections.

Section C 18 beads
Section D 79 beads
Section E 110 beads
Section G 226 beads
Section I 305 beads
Section J 465 beads
Total 1203 beads