March 2019
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
4 stitches = 1 inch
in Garter sts after wet blocking
US 5 - 3.75 mm
480 yards (439 m)
56" x 38" x 46"
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I am not a shawl nor a lace person… but love SHELLS.
When I found this old lace shell stitch pattern, I had to make a summer shawl for myself!
The shell stitch pattern is very fun to work. Dropping double yarn overs suddenly creates pretty shells and almost grows 3~4 rows!
The base of the shawl is Garter sts which means very easy to knit the sections. I used one skein of each color, total 480 yards. If you prefer to make a bigger shawl with those 400 yards fingering weight yarns, there is a note in the pattern on how to make a bigger shawl.
There will be an endless combination of the colors and yarns.
Please check this one on my project page (ivory x ocean blue)that I am planning to wear with a navy linen sleeveless summer dress!


  • Yardage above is a total of 2 colors. You need each color, 240 yards, total of 480 yards.
  • The sample is knitted with Spud & Chloe “FINE” which is 65g skein with 248 yards. Only 2 skeins!! makes the shawl.
  • Any fingerling weight yarn will work for this pattern. You can use two completely different types of yarns. One skein of wool based yarn + silk yarn will be a beautiful combination.
  • The photo of Ivory x Ocean Blue is knitted with Shibui Reed (100% Linen). I love the feel of the linen so much, but please be aware that Linen with the shell pattern is challenging :)


  • US #5 is the recommended size for wool yarns. If you use different types of yarn, please adjust the needle size.

  • The shawl starts with 3 sts and ends with 145 sts. You can start with shorter length of needles and changing to longer ones as you increase sts. Ending with 32” long would be the good length to work the shawl.