Don't Panic by Nim Teasdale

Don't Panic

August 2017
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
US 4 - 3.5 mm
547 - 1094 yards (500 - 1000 m)
Small, medium, large, and extendable.
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Don’t Panic is a generous semi-circular shawl designed as an MKAL. It has lots of mostly harmless lace, beads if you want them, and an ending that can go on and on and on.

The design has five distinct parts to reflect the The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. To keep the element of surprise in the design, the pattern has been separated into these parts, however each requires more knitting than the last.

Skill level

Intermediate/confident, see my project notes here for more detail.


Suits lace to fingering. The design has several possible ending points, and the outer edging can be extended for many, many rows, so the shawl can use anywhere from 488m/533y to over 1000m/1100y. (Specifics available on my project page, linked above.)


I’ve added a temporary chart to my project page which can be used as an extension if you still have lots of yarn left over at the end. The top row can be repeated.

Alternatively, for anyone with a large amount of yarn left, it’s possible to jump from row 146 of Don’t Panic to row 23 of Draconis and continue from there. For anyone who’d like to do this, I’ve added a coupon code to Draconis so that it’s discounted 42% if you buy or already own Don’t Panic. The code is dragonsdontpanic.

Vielen Dank an Sabine von für diese Übersetzung.

French translation with many thanks to Elegnad of