Calaveras Shawl by Lori Law

Calaveras Shawl

October 2018
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
4.5 stitches and 8 rows = 1 inch
in garter stitch
US 5 - 3.75 mm
400 - 450 yards (366 - 411 m)
one size
This pattern is available for C$8.00 CAD buy it now

A design created especially for the Wooly Wonka Fibers Celtic Year Club. Learn more here :

Thanks to Anne Podlesak for the gorgeous photos.

In celebration of Samhain, the Calaveras Shawl features tiny skulls peering from the lacework, honouring this time of autumn reflection. Additionally, beads are placed along the centre spine using a crochet hook, for a touch of sparkle.

The pattern is available in 2 versions : charted only, and written+charts, which includes the lace instructions written out in addition to the charts.


yarn Wooly Wonka Fibers Nimue Sock, 50/50 silk and superwash merino, with 435 yards/100 grams per skein, 1 skein.

needles 3.75mm (US#5) circular needles. Shawl is knitted flat, but 60cm circular (minimum) recommended to accomodate stitches as the shawl grows wider.

sizing Top-width (wingspan):74” 188 cm; deepest depth: 17.5” 44.5 cm -- may be sized larger with more repeats and more yarn.

other approximately 170 seed beads size 6/0. Sample uses Miyuki in Dark Red (sliver lined); 2 stitch-markers, tapestry needle for weaving ends.

gauge 4.5 sts & 8 rows per 1-inch 2.54 cm square in garter stitch, blocked. Check your gauge and change needle size if required.