March 2020
Sport (12 wpi) ?
17 stitches = 4 inches
US 6 - 4.0 mm
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{nell-tah} Irish: clouds

Ispired by the movement of clouds over a wind-swept landscape, Néalta is an elongated crescent shawl. Worked in garter stitch with staggered lace clusters and a fluttery edge, it can be worn traditionally or styled as a scarf.

If worked in a fingering-weight yarn, Néalta is a single-skein project. It is a two-skein project in DK weight yarn. Instructions for adding optional extra repeats are provided for those who prefer a larger shawl.

This is an updated version of the pattern, which includes instructions for a DK weight version in addition to the original fingering-weight version. The pattern was originally published in May 2018, and revised in March 2020.




lightweight shawl:
suitable for fingering weight yarns,
400m / 100g (425y / 3.5oz); 
full 100g/3.5oz skein

heavyweight shawl:
suitable for DK weight yarns,
200m / 100g (212y / 3.5oz); 

2 full 100g/ 3.5oz skeins


lightweight shawl: 17 stitches x 32 rows = 10cm x 10cm (4” x 4”)

heavyweight shawl: 14 stitches x 26 rows = 10cm x 10cm (4” x 4”) 

in pattern (garter & lace), blocked

Blocked Dimensions:
lightweight shawl: 50cm x 35cm/ 60” x 14”
eavyweight shawl: 180cm x 45cm / 72” x 18”


circular needle, 100cm (40”) in length or longer -
lightweight shawl: 4mm (US size 6) in diameter
heavyweight shawl: 5mm (US size 8) in diameter

stitch markers, tapestry needle, measuring tape

Special skills:



. The heavyweight sample shawl was knitted using 2 skeins of Serafina Retrosaria Naturally Dyed BFL-Masham DK

. The lightweight sample was knitted using 1 skein of West Yorkshire Spinners Signature Sock in the Forget Me Not colourway

. The original sample shawl for the 2018 version of the pattern was knitted in S-Twist Wool single ply, which is a yarn no longer produced.

. If having enough yarn to finish your project is not of concern, this shawl can be worked in any gauge and any yarn. Simply follow the pattern instructions as-writtedn, until the size is to your liking.