The Beekeeper Shawl by Jem Arrowsmith

The Beekeeper Shawl

Under the Olive Tree Merino Sport
Sport (12 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette
US 8 - 5.0 mm
570 - 575 yards (521 - 526 m)
One size fits all
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Life can be so busy these days, there’s always something to do or somewhere to go, and sometimes it’s hard to find time to take a break and relax. We are all busy bees! The Beekeeper Shawl is a lovely project to unwind with at the end of a long day. Worked from the bottom up, the shawl incorporates the pretty honeybee stitch down the centre panel with a simple lace pattern on each side. And that Honeybee stitch is addictive! Watch as yarnovers create strands between the stitches before you swoop in and gather them all to complete your little bees!

A swarm of yarnovers and decreases create a simple lace pattern all over the wings of the shawl which will keep you engaged as you knit your way back to the Honeybees. Wear as a shawl or as a large scarf with the honeybee stitch taking centre stage at the front.

A handy stitch count checklist is provided at the end of the pattern to help you keep track of your progress.

The pattern has been tech edited and test knit and links to video tutorials are provided in the pattern - including how to knit the centre panel honeybee stitch.

Stitches used – Sl1 wyif, knit, purl, yo, k2tog, ssk, p2tog, p2tog-tbl, ‘Honeybee Stitch’ (video tutorial provided)

Sizes: One size fits all


The finished blocked item measures 83” (211cm) wingspan by 32” (81 cm) length

Materials Used

  • 7 oz / 200g, 573 yd / 524m Sportweight Yarn – 2 x skeins of Under the Olive Tree Knits sportweight yarn. 100% Superwash merino / 262m per skein.
  • US size 8 (5 mm) 39” (100cm) circular needle
  • 4 x stitch markers


20 stitches and 28 rows to 4 inches / 10cm in stockinette stitch