Paper Lanterns by Jem Arrowsmith

Paper Lanterns

January 2019
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
21 stitches and 31 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette
US 5 - 3.75 mm
170 - 180 yards (155 - 165 m)
One size
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Treat every day like it’s a celebration when you wear your Paper Lanterns shawl! The asymmetric triangle features stripes of tiny lanterns dancing across it. The shawl can be worked in just two colours or as many as you’d like. Choose a bright and bold or soft and subtle colour palette to suit your style. This is also a great chance to use up bits of leftover yarn.

The shawl is worked by alternating colours every 4 rows, so you are only dealing with one colour at a time. The easy-to-work, easy-to-memorize dip stitch is fun to work and you don’t have to worry about weaving in the ends for each stripe; they each get their own bit of fringe along the edge!

Video tutorials are provided for all stitches used, including working the 4 rows of the Dip Stitch pattern and for making the tassels at the end.

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The pattern is written and charted and has been professionally tech edited and test knit.

Skills / Techniques Used – Knit, purl, increases, decreases, dip stitch, cabling without a cable needle

Sizes – One size

Measurements – The finished blocked item measures 70” (178cm) wingspan and 20” (51cm) depth at the longest part


• Yarn A – 3.5oz / 100g, 440yd / 400m 4 ply or fingering weight yarn. The yarn used in the pattern pictures is Under the Olive Tree, 100% Superwash Merino in the Seafoam colour (1 skein)
• Contrast Yarns B, C, D and E - 0.7oz / 20g - 92yd / 85m The yarns used in the pattern pictures are Under the Olive Tree Mini Skeins, 75% Superwash Merino Wool 25% Nylon in: Fruit Punch (A) Seashell (B) Golden Hour (C) and Midnight in Paris (D)
• US size 5 (3.75mm) 32” (80cm) circular needle
• 1 small cable needle
• 1 tapestry needle for weaving in the ends
• Pins or wires for blocking

For the Tassels
• A small piece of cardboard
• A 4mm (or close size) crochet hook
• Scissors


21 stitches and 31 rows to 4 inches / 10cm in stockinette stitch after blocking