Flight of the Heron by a catnach

Flight of the Heron

March 2020
437 - 1367 yards (400 - 1250 m)
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This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

Worked top-down from a small cast-on, the triangular body of Flight of the Heron is created from your chosen combination of (up to) three lace-patterns, and leads into a wide crescent border and optional edging. Each of the main lace charts may be repeated ad lib, thus the shawl is fully adaptable in size.

Suitable for any yarn, from cobweb to fingering weight, that knits with good stitch-definition. The complete design requires 600m/655yds upwards; a small shawl, worked without the optional edging, could be made with less yarn, down to about 400m/450yds.


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.


In the Appendix on the final page, the sentence ‘Charts 9A and 9B lead into row 1 of this chart; chart lead into row 13’ should read: ‘Charts 9A and 9B lead into row 1 of this chart; chart 9C leads into row 13.’


The lace stitch-patterns – Beaded, Semiramis, Rain, Bird, Green and Creation - were designed by Naomi Parkhurst. Further details, and more of her fascinating lace-stitch designs, may be found at her blog-site, String Geekery.