Capriol by a catnach


February 2019
Any gauge - designed for any gauge ?
437 - 1094 yards (400 - 1000 m)
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This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

Inspired by Peter Warlock’s suite of arrangements of dance-tunes, Capriol is a triangular shawl with a wide border, worked top-down from a small cast-on.

The size is adaptable. The two laces that create the body-section section may each be repeated as you please, and there are two options for the border: to work a band of just one lace (as in the second and third samples), or to extend the edging by finishing with a second lace pattern (as in the first sample). Suggestions for working the design, over the range of yardage:

  • 400m/435yds to approx. 525m/575yds: choose just one of the two body laces, and work only the single band of edging lace.
  • 525m/575yds to 700m/765yds or so: work both body laces (or just one if you prefer), and the single edging.
  • 700m/765yds upwards: work both body laces and both edgings.

Suitable for any yarn, from cobweb to fingering weight, that knits with good stitch-definition:
- The pink-to-charcoal gradient shawl used approx.
104g = 777m/850yds of laceweight yarn.
- The orange-to-green gradient shawl used a little under
96g = 575m/630yds of heavy laceweight yarn.
- The pink-to-turquoise gradient shawl used approx.
101g = 403m/441yds of fingering yarn.


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 3, row 37, 2nd half: repeat-box should read
k2 s2kp double-yo k2 double-yo s2kp k2

- updated pattern issued 29 March 2019 -

Chart 6c missing a column in the repeat-box.

- updated pattern issued 31 March 2019 -


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