Gone Fishing by Jem Arrowsmith

Gone Fishing

June 2022
Lace ?
24 stitches and 38 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette
US 4 - 3.5 mm
0.6 mm
640 - 650 yards (585 - 594 m)
One size
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Gone Fishing is the perfect project for when you want to take some time out. It starts off as a simple, meditative knit as you work a relaxing stretch of smooth stockinette stitch, and then bead by bead little fishes begin to appear. It’s so satisfying seeing the shoal of fish start to grow as they swim across the middle of the shawl. Simple k2tog, yo lace stitches form lacy air bubbles from the fish, and once they are completed it’s time to expand on the lace stitches to work the border. A pretty feather and fan lace stitch completes the design, creating soft waves that ripple along the bottom of your shawl.

The shawl is knitted with lace yarn but the beads provide a reassuring weight to the drape, so your shawl sits nicely in place around your shoulders.

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

The pattern includes written instructions and charts.

Stitches Used – Sl1 wyif, kyok, yo, knit, purl, k2tog, ssk, PB (place bead)

Sizes – One size

Measurements – The finished, blocked shawl has a wingspan of 78” (198cm) and a depth of 19” (48cm)


• 660yd / 600m, 3.5 oz / 100g lace weight yarn. The yarn used in the pattern pictures is Under the Olive Tree Knits Peristera yarn, 55% Bluefaced Leicester wool / 45% Silk in the Snow colour.
• Size 8 (3mm) beads
o 717 x A – Dark Blue
o 42 x B – Black
o 616 x C – Silver
o 493 x D – Orange
o 296 x E – Light Blue
o 512 x F – Yellow Gold
• US size 4 (3.5mm) 32” (80cm) circular needle
• A 0.5mm crochet hook for adding the beads
• 4 x stitch markers
• A tapestry needle for weaving in the ends

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

The pattern has been tech edited and test knitted prior to publication. Here’s what the test knitters had to say.

“It’s my first beaded knit, but for sure won’t be last. The beautiful design of the colorful fish made me addicted to those beads. I can stay very late at night to see every fish appears with its beautiful colors” - Nahed

“Gone Fishing is a very unique, dramatic shawl. The beadwork is addictive as you watch the little fish start to take form! It’s a wonderful, airy shawl for summer” - Tori