Featherfall by Jem Arrowsmith


March 2022
Lace ?
24 stitches and 38 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette
US 4 - 3.5 mm
601 - 656 yards (550 - 600 m)
One size
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Do you ever wish you could put on a pair of wings, fly away and soar among the clouds? Whilst Featherfall doesn’t have the magic to make you fly, it does weave a spell with its dreamy, featherlight lace pattern that tessellates through the body like overlapping feathers. Despite the intricate appearance, the lace is simple and intuitive thanks to clearly-defined spines. This shawl is the perfect project for a meditative solo flight with your needles.

Featherfall is a top-down crescent shawl designed for laceweight yarn. A single bead tips each large feather, and chevrons of beads enhance the open lace along the border, lending a bit of weight to help you feel grounded yet light as air.

The pattern includes both written and charted instructions and has been tech edited and test knitted prior to publication.

Video tutorials are linked for all of the stitches used, including how to add beads. There is also a handy stitch count checklist provided.

Stitches Used – Sl1 wyif, kyok, yo, knit, purl, k2tog, ssk, sl2tog-k1-p2sso, sl1-k2tog-psso

Sizes – One size

Measurements – The finished, blocked item has a wingspan of 63” (160cm) and a depth of 18.5” (47cm)


  • 660yd / 600m, 3.5 oz / 100g laceweight yarn. The yarn used in the pattern pictures is Under the Olive Tree Knits Peristera yarn, 55% Bluefaced Leicester wool / 45% Silk in the Seafoam colourway
  • 618 x size 8 (3mm) beads
  • US size 4 (3.5mm) 32” (80cm) circular needle
  • A 0.5mm crochet hook for adding the beads
  • A tapestry needle for weaving in the ends

Gauge: 24 stitches and 38 rows to 4” (10cm) in stockinette stitch after blocking

Pattern Testimonials

The pattern for the featherfall shawl is well written and the finished shawl is beautiful. The beadwork is just enough to enhance but not so much to make it too heavy (both in looks and weight). I would make this shawl again and again“ - Pat

“I really enjoyed knitting this pattern. It is very varied but clear and easy to follow. Highly recommended even if you are knitting lace for the first time” – Mirjam

“I enjoyed knitting the Featherfall shawl. It seems like a lot of beads but it’s definitely worth the effort as they really do add a bit of glamour and drape to the finished knit. The pattern is clear and easy to follow and I soon mastered the lace repeats. It’s not too difficult - have a go!” – Margaret