Garden Party Shawl by Jem Arrowsmith

Garden Party Shawl

May 2021
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
23 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette
US 5 - 3.75 mm
437 - 465 yards (400 - 425 m)
One size
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The garden is an alluring space by day, but in the evening, the setting can be simply magical. With fairy lights strung through the trees, the garden transforms into something special. It becomes a gathering place where threads of friendship are interwoven, where secrets are shared, where laughter is pure.

This asymmetric shawl is perfect for long summer evenings in the garden. Knitted in a silk and merino blend, the fabric is lovely and soft, with just the right amount of drape. Shimmering beads dance across chevron lace like lights twinkling through the branches. So string up those lights, call up some friends, put on some music, light the fire pit and let the conversation and laughter flow, it’s what summer nights were made for.

The intermediate knitter will enjoy this one-skein project. Choose a smooth yarn in a solid or semi-solid colour to highlight the pattern. The sample shawl was worked in Under the Olive Tree Knits Steni Vala 4ply yarn, a lustrous and velvety blend of merino and silk.

If you are new to knitting with beads this would be a great project to give it a try. A video tutorial for adding beads with a crochet hook is linked in the pattern and you can also take a look here:

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

Watch a short video about the shawl -

Skills / Techniques Used – Knit, purl, increases, decreases, lace stitches

Sizes – One size

Measurements – The finished blocked item measures 70” (178 cm) wingspan and 18” (45.5cm) in depth


• 437yd / 400m, 3.5 oz / 100g, 4ply or fingering-weight yarn. The yarn used in the pattern pictures is Under the Olive Tree – Steni Vala 50% merino / 50% silk, in the Midnight in Paris colour (1 skein)
• US size 5 (3.75mm) 32” (80cm) circular needle
• 323 size 6 (4mm) beads
• A 0.5mm crochet hook for adding the beads
• A tapestry needle for weaving in the ends
• Pins for blocking


23 stitches and 32 rows to 4” / 10cm in stockinette stitch after blocking

Pattern Testimonials

“This pattern was very easy to follow and could easily be adapted to be knit without the beads. I chose to knit in a solid MCN yarn, and was not disappointed. The details of the lace and the beads shine through without distraction from a variegated or self-striping yarn. As with all of Jem’s patterns, it is well-written and clear, and the stitch count chart is an amazingly helpful tool. All designers should include that!” - Karen

“I found the pattern to be a fairly quick project which is not too complicated to make. It is suitable for an those who have made lace patterns before and are looking to add another dimension in the form of beads. The beads are easy to add with the help of a fine crochet hook. The finished garment is of a good size and drapes beautifully with a nice weight due to the beads” - Hazel

“This pattern is a beautiful knit with simplicity and touches of elegance with the beading. It can be a great everyday shawl or an evening wear piece” - Kim

“This is a fun, quick knit resulting in a lovely, sparkling shawl, perfect for summer evenings” - Cindy

“I’ve loved this first step into beading – the pattern is easy to follow and the shawl is just beautiful – cannot recommend enough” - Fabiana

“As a first time using beads the instructions were very clearly written” - Yvonne