Doire - The Derry Shawl by a catnach

Doire - The Derry Shawl

June 2018
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 an Irish poem, this top-down lace shawl has a wide border that flares gently outwards from the body section.

Shaping and size are adaptable. The body section of the shawl is formed of lace panels separated by spines; it may be worked with two, three or four panels. The two charts that create this section may be repeated, and combined in any order. The shawl border may also be extended by repeating the lace chart as desired.

Choice of two spines; choice of making the edging-points closely spaced or wider apart.


Suitable for any yarn, from fingering to cobweb weight, that knits with good stitch-definition.

The border and edging require more yarn than you might expect and it is suggested that you use:

Two-panel shawl-body - 400m/440yds minimum, although 500m/550yds or more would be preferable.
- A triangular body with a crescent border. The sample used approx. 580m/635yds of heavy laceweight silk.

Three-panel shawl-body - 600m/660yds minimum.
- This will block somewhere between a half-hexagon and three-quarter-square, with crescent border. The sample used approx. 590m/650yds of heavy laceweight silk.

Four-panel shawl-body - 800m/875yds minimum but, for a large shawl, 900m/985yds-plus would be needed.
- A real shoulder-wrapper, this requires the patience to tackle very long edging rows. The sample used approx. 960m/1,050yds of laceweight cotton/acrylic.


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.


erratum: repeat boxes of charts 9A and 9B should be 16 stitches wide, not 17. Pattern amended 27 June 2018.


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