Swallowtail Shawl - $40

Saturdays, May 6th & 27th; 2-4p

Usher in warmer weather with this nature-inspired lace shawl! There is nothing quite like a lighter-than-air accessory to help you transition from one season to the next or keep away that office air-conditioning chill. Students will be guided through the beginning of this top-down triangle shawl and the Budding Lace pattern in the first session. In the second session, we'll be covering tips for working nupps (bobble-esque stitches) and the Lily of the Valley pattern. We'll also walk through how to block your lace and why blocking is so important! The Swallowtail Shawl pattern give options for three weights of yarn, so if you're feeling intimidated by working with thinner yarn you can still join in and make this gorgeous shawl!

Prerequisites: Intermediate knitting skills; students should be comfortable with the basic knitting stitches, as well as with simple increases and decreases


  • Swallowtail Shawl pattern by Evelyn A. Clark (please download and bring to class)
  • Approx. 440 yds of lace-weight yarn (we used 1 skein of Sweet Georgia CashSilk Lace); pattern also gives yardage requirements for fingering and sport-weight yarns
  • US #4 circular needles (or US #6 for fingering-weight yarn or US #8 for sport-weight yarn)
  • Locking stitch markers or coilless safety pins
  • Row counter, highlighter tape, magnet board, or other row-tracking tool
  • T-pins (for blocking after class)

Skills Learned:

  • Reading lace charts
  • Top-down triangle shawl construction
  • Budding Lace pattern
  • Lily of the Valley Lace pattern
  • Scalloped Lace pattern
  • Working nupps
  • Fixing simple lace mistakes
  • Blocking lace