Venetian Light Shawl: Semi-circular by Denise Bartels

Venetian Light Shawl: Semi-circular

March 2019
Lace ?
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
1000 yards (914 m)
Length 60 inches, Depth at Center 30 inches
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This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

This pattern was inspired by a lovely light Fortuny light fixture that illuminated the stairwell of the palazzo in Venice where my husband and I stayed.

This pattern is a bit more straight forward than it looks with most of the stitches being the usual suspects for increases and decreases.

While I used a handspun lace weight yarn of merino and tussah silk (50/50), any lace weight should work. I think it also would be fine in a heavier weight yarn.

There is a circular version of this shawl: Venetian Light Shawl: Circular.

My usual warning:
This pattern has not been tested knitted by anyone other than myself. Please let me know if you find any errors and I will post a new, corrected version.

Notes -

4-25-2019 - Row 49 appeared in both chart 1 and chart 2. The new version of the pattern has removed the extra row from chart 2.

Removed extra row 115 from chart 3a and chart 3b. New version of pattern has been posted.


New version with V (knit into the front and back of stitch has been added to the key.

Changed the formatting of repeats in charts 3a and 3b to be consistent with the other charts. Does not affect the actual knitting but hopefully makes the chart clearer.

Removed extra knit stitch from row 159 in chart 3a.

Changed k2tog at the end of row 241 to a knit.