Casual Lace Knit Shawl
Casual Lace Knit Shawl

Casual Lace Knit Shawl

Hello knitters!

It’s been what seems like an eternity since I last posted a knitting pattern here on Purl Avenue. My day job has consumed so much time and I find it difficult to find time to knit and post new information here. There are so many things that I’d like to take on but there seems to never enough time in the day for me to do so 🙁

After completing the Linen Chevron Cowl, I was finally able to start a new project with The Louisa Harding yarn I bought while I was in Vienna, VA several months ago. With this fun yarn, I knitted a lace shawl that I could wear on a casual day out.

The Casual Lace Knit Shawl is a simple and straightforward project that is perfect for those who have never knitted a shawl before. It uses a little over three skeins of Louisa Harding Noema Yarn which is more than I expected. But overall, I am very pleased with the result.

Casual Lace Knit Shawl - Purl Avenue

Measures 62″(157.5 cm) X 25.5″(65 cm)

Casual Lace Knit Shawl - Purl Avenue

The next time I knit this shawl, I think I will knit it in a gray or blue color. If I do, I will keep you all posted. Anyway, here is the pattern. Enjoy!


4 skeins of Louisa Harding Noema

  • Color: Disco
  • 50 g/131 yds per skein
  • 75% Cotton/ 20% Acrylic/ 5% Nylon

US 6 (4mm) 32″ circular needles

Knit Picks Rainbow Interchangeable Needles
Recommended: Knit Picks Rainbow Interchangeable Needles

Stitch marker
Yarn/tapestry needle
Blocking materials (wires, mats, pins)

Knit Picks Starter Blocking Kit
Recommended: Knit Picks Starter Blocking Kit



pm=place marker
sm=slip marker

For more knitting abbreviations, please visit the Knitting Abbreviations page.

CO 3 sts.

Row 1 (RS): kfb, pm, k1, kfb. (5 sts)
Row 2: purl.
Row 3: (k1, yo)x2, sm, (k1, yo)x2, k1. (9 sts)
Row 4: purl.
Row 5: k1, yo, knit to stitch marker, yo, sm, k1, yo, knit to last st, yo, k1.
Row 6: purl.
Rows 7-50: rep Rows 5-6.
Row 51: k1, yo, *k2tog, yo; rep from * to one st before stitch marker, k1, yo, sm, (k1, yo)x2, **k2tog, yo; rep from ** to last st, k1.
Row 52: purl.
Row 53: (k1, yo)x2, *(k2tog, yo); rep from * to stitch marker, sm, (k1, yo)x2, **(k2tog, yo); rep from ** to last st, k1.
Row 54: purl.
Rows 55-56: rep Rows 53-54.
Rows 57-62: rep Rows 5-6.
Rows 63-64: rep Rows 51-52.
Rows 65-72: rep Rows 53-54.
Rows 73-78: rep Rows 5-6.
Rows 79-80: rep Rows 51-52.
Rows 81-92: rep Rows 53-54.
Rows 93-98: rep Rows 5-6.
Rows 99-100: rep Rows 51-52.
Rows 101-116: rep Rows 53-54.
Rows 117-122: rep Rows 5-6.
Rows 123-124: rep Rows 51-52.
Rows 125-142: rep Rows 53-54.

Bind off and weave in all loose ends. Wet block and for stubborn curled edges, additional light steam blocking is recommended. To learn how to block your knits, check out this tutorial: Blocking 101: Blocking Your Knits

Recommended blocking tools HERE.

Casual Lace Knit Shawl 4 - Purl Avenue

There you go–a new shawl!

Causal Lace Knit Shawl 2 - Purl Avenue

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  1. Maria

    Thank you for the pattern. I have two balls of subtle blue sock yarn that I was going to use for another shawl but I think this pattern will be a nice fit for the yarn I have. This pattern looks nice and straightforward — I’m really appreciative. I was just going to start my shawl and came across this pattern! Thanks a million!!!

  2. Jackie Lundemo

    I started knitting this but realized that the pattern doesn’t seem to match the shawl. My understanding is that you start at the point showing on the back of the shawl. The first 50 rows of the pattern are basically solid knitting but the picture shows holes. Rows 51 to 142 have holes but at the neck the picture shows solid knitting.

    I love the shawl in the picture, I bought yarn specifically for this shawl and I am tired of my current project. I want to get knitting but I don’t see how the pattern will give me the shawl in the picture.

    Am I totally missing something???

    1. Lisa Ogilvie

      You appear to be misunderstanding the pattern, you are not starting at the point, this shawl is made top down not bottom up. There is no “solid knitting” in this pattern, every set of pattern rows has strategically placed stiches to create the lace.

  3. Peg Miller

    There is a comment made regarding starting point of this shawl. It states the shawl is made from the top down. I am pretty confident it is made from the bottom up. Am I correct?
    Love the pattern. I am planning on making this in white for my grandson’s wedding

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