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Escapist Lace Shawl

By: Mary Keenan from Hugs for Your Head

This knit shawl pattern is the definition of elegance. Made with the romance of English period dramas in mind, the Escapist Lace Shawl comes with complete step-by-step directions, including instructions for finishing and blocking. No matter what color palette you select, this shawl is bound to capture the essence of the simple, yet challenging, times of our ancestors.


Knitting Needle Size4 or 3.5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles

Yarn Weight(1) Super Fine (27-32 stitches to 4 inches)

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Lovely pattern and thanks for sharing. I've never knitted a shawl before and have been looking for a pattern that is somewhat simple. One question: How many yards for the solid color shawl did you use and what length circular is needed for this pattern? Thanks. Tara

The pattern clearly states that it is a 3.5 mm circular needle and the yarn amounts in ounces, grams and yards. 630 yds. of the self striping yarn and 620 yds. of the solid yarn. no other pattern on this site has provided as much detail about the yarn amounts as this one, wish they could all be like this, but then again some people only read the parts they like and would miss it anyway!

This the shawl for me! Thank You.

will you please share with me how to make this pattern for a bigger person? a size 16w. Thanks for your generosity. Ruth

i need am xlarge size thanks

I have not knitted this shawl nor have I knitted it myself. Whenever I find the need to size a piece up or down I often use algebra to calculate the appropriate changes. For example, I write down the finished measurement of the item in the size closest to the one I need. Let's say the finished width is X inches and you require it to be Y inches. Divide Y by X and then multiply the number by 100. This will represent a percentage of the original size. If you need to make it larger than the pattern this number will be greater than 1, if smaller it will be less than 1. Multiply the number of stitches and rows times this percentage. It can get tricky when there are repeated motifs. In this shawl I would leave the beautiful back pattern alone and apply the percentage to the sides and length. If this explanation seems clear as mud, please feel free to email me at and I will try to help with the calculations and alterations. Again, I am not the author and know little about this shawl save the picture above. However, I've successfully used this technique on many occasions and it usually works just fine. Another method is to use this percentage calculation to alter the gauge, though this works only occasionally. Hope this helps, Tara


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