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.

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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