Sibylle Shawl by Hayley Tsang Sather

Sibylle Shawl

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A formatted for Knit Companion version of Sibylle Shawl is also available on Create2Thrive.

stitch counts:
Rows 135-136 – 757
Rows 137-138 – 795

Sibylle Shawl is a large deep-crescent shaped shawl based on the Herbert Niebling’s pattern of the same name. Sibylle is worked from the top down with increases throughout the body. The original pattern, in half, is a half circle. I added patterns to the two edges for a softer deep-crescent shape. I hope to continue modifying these amazing designs – Sibylle is the fourth one after Quadratische Decke (QD), Pfingstrose (Peony), and Blattkranz (Leaf Wreath) – into a shawl shape with well illustrated charts and clear instructions so more knitters will discover and enjoy the magic of Niebling.

Sibylle uses approximately 985-1020 yards / 900-930 meters of heavy-lace-weight yarns. It may also be knitted in lace-weight yarn (765-820 yards / 700-750 meters) for a more open look, or fingering-weight yarn (1095 yards / 1050 meters) for a denser fabric, and even larger shawl. Sibylle may be knitted with or without beads.

Skill Level
Advanced beginner. Charts only. Pattern does not include row-by-row written instruction. Almost all of the WS rows are purled inside the edge stitches. Those few that aren’t are noted.

Lace-, heavy-lace-, and fingering-weight yarns are suitable. Finished dimensions may be adjusted by using different yarn weights and needle sizes to achieve varying gauges. Note that yarn usage will vary depending on weight of yarn and/or needle size used. Test knitters have used the following:
Yarn Weight Needle Size Yards/Meters
Lace us2 / 2.75mm 765-820 / 700-750
Heavy Lace us3 / 3.25mm 985-1020 / 900-930
Fingering us5 / 3.75mm 1150 / 1050

Gauge isn’t important but will determine the final size of the shawl. With an open-lace design, knitters may go up or down a needle size or two to easily achieve different sizes. See page 3 of the pattern on test knitters’ notes.

Circular needles in size US2/2.75mm, US3/3.25mm, and US4/3.5mm, depending on yarn weight and your knitting tension, crochet hook, stitch markers, blunt tapestry needle, T-pins, and blocking wire(s) and mat (optional).

Size 6 or 8 rounds for lace (800m+/100g) and heavy lace weight (500-600m/100g), size 6 rounds or size 5 triangles for fingering weight (400m/100g). Bead all (about 800) or just some of the charts.

As always, a huge thank you to all my wonderful test knitters!
Di – dyedianadye
Glenys – Geekay
Jutta – JMBonn
Kathy – nervie1900
Ma – carfieldma
Marcy – mswolpe
Monika – mosil1949
Tish – besth
Trang – TvBlackMoE