Knitted baby shawl

Materials and measurements

  • Size (before blocking) approx 132x132cm (52x52in)

  • 16 50g balls of Patons Baby Smiles Fairytale Fab 4ply (9806580) in Natural (01001)

  • Pair 4.5mm (UK 7) knitting needles

  • 20 sts and 40 rows = 10cm/4in square before blocking over lace pattern on centre triangle using 4.5mm needles

It is essential to work to the stated tension to ensure success. If necessary change the needle size to give the correct tension. Yarn quantities are based on average requirements when specified tension and yarn is used. Different wool may be used but ensure tension of replacement yarn matches that stated in the pattern for best results.

Before you begin...

Alt – alternate; beg – beginning; cont – continue; 

dec – decrease(ing); foll – following; inc – increase(ing); 

k – knit; k2togtbl – knit 2 together through back of loop; p – purl; patt – pattern; psso – pass slipped stitch over; p2sso – pass 2 slipped stitches over; rem – remain(ing); rep – repeat; RS – right side; s1 – slip 1 stitch knitways; s2 – slip 2 stitches knitways; st(s) – stitch(es); st-st –stocking stitch (knit RS rows, purl WS rows); tog – together; WS – wrong side; yfwd – yarn forward; yrn – yarn round needle 


MB – make bobble (k1, p1, p1) all into front of next st, turn, k3, turn, p3, turn, k3, turn, P3tog. 


With 4.5mm needles, cast on one st. 

Row 1 wrap yarn around empty needle thus making a st (referred to as yrn), using this same needle, knit the cast on stitch. 2sts. 

Rows 2 to 6 yrn, k to end. 7sts.

Row 7  yrn, k3, yfwd, k2togtbl, k2. 8sts.

Row 8 and every foll alt row – yrn, k to end. 

Row 9 yrn, k2, k2tog, yfwd, k1, yfwd, k2togtbl, k2. 10sts.

Rows 11 and 13 yrn, k2, k2tog, yfwd, k to last 4 sts, yfwd, k2togtbl, k2. 14sts.

Row 15 yrn, k2, k2tog, yfwd, k3, yfwd, k2togtbl, k2, yfwd, k2togtbl, k2. 16sts.

Row 17 yrn, [k2, k2tog, yfwd] twice, k1, [yfwd, k2togtbl, k2] twice. 18sts.

Row 19 yrn, [k2, k2tog, yfwd] twice, k3, [yfwd, k2togtbl, k2] twice. 20sts.

Row 21 yrn, [k2, k2tog, yfwd] twice, k5, [yfwd, k2togtbl, k2] twice. 22sts.

Row 23 yrn, [k2, k2tog, yfwd] twice, k3, [yfwd, k2togtbl, k2] 

3 times. 24sts.

Row 24 yrn, k to end. 25sts.

Rep rows 17 to 24 21 times more, working sections in square brackets one time more on every repeat. 193sts. Place a marker at each end of last row. 

Work in st-st with loop edge:

Next row yrn, k2tog, k3 [inc in next st, k13] 13 times, inc in next st, k5. 207sts. 

Next row yrn, k2tog, p to last 2 sts, k2.

Next row yrn, k2tog, k to end.

Cont in stocking st with loop edge, placing panel patt: 

Note: st count remains 

207sts throughout.

Row 1  (WS), yrn, k2tog, p1, [work 31 sts as row 1 of panel patt, p3] 5 times, work 31 sts as row 1 of panel patt, p1, k2.

Row 2  yrn, k2tog, k1, [work 31 sts as row 2 of panel patt, k3] 6 times. 

Rows 3 to 26 as rows 1 and 2, working appropriate rows of panel patt.

Next row yrn, k2tog, p to last 2 sts, k2.

Last row yrn, k2tog, k to end.


Row 1 (WS), p8, k15, p8.

Row 2  k8, p15, k8.

Row 3 p8, k15, p8.

Row 4 k9, [p1, k1] 6 times, p1, k9.

Row 5 p8, [k1, p1] 7 times, k1, p8.

Row 6 k9, [MB, k1, p1, MB, p1, k1] twice, MB, k9. 

Row 7 p8, [k1, p1] 7 times, k1, p8.

Row 8 k9, [p1, k1] 6 times, p1, k9.

Row 9 p14, k1, p1, k1, p14.

Row 10 k7, [k2tog, yfwd] 3 times, k2, MB, k2, [yfwd, s1, k1, psso] 3 times, k7.

Row 11 p6, [p2togtbl, yrn] twice, p4, k1, p1, k1, p4, [yrn, p2tog] twice, p6.

Row 12 k5, *[k2tog, yfwd] twice, k1*; rep from * to * once more, p1, **k1, [yfwd, s1, k1, psso] twice**; rep from ** to ** once more, k5.

Row 13 p4, [p2togtbl, yrn] twice, p15, [yrn, p2tog] twice, p4.

Row 14 k3, [k2tog, yfwd] twice, k2, [k2tog, yfwd] twice, k1, yfwd, s2, k1, p2sso, yfwd, k1, [yfwd, s1, k1, psso] twice, k2, [yfwd, s1, k1, psso] twice, k3.

Row 15 p2, [p2togtbl, yrn] twice, p19, [yrn, p2tog] twice, p2. 

Row 16 k1, [k2tog, yfwd] twice, k3, [k2tog, yfwd] twice, k2, yfwd, s2, k1, p2sso, yfwd, k2, [yfwd, s1, k1, psso] twice, k3, [yfwd, s1, k1, psso] twice, k1. 

Row 17 and every alt row to row 25 – p.

Row 18 k2, yfwd, s2, k1, p2sso, yfwd, k2, [k2tog, yfwd] twice, k3, yfwd, s2, k1, p2sso, yfwd, k3, [yfwd, s1, k1, psso] twice, k2, yfwd, s2, k1, p2sso, yfwd, k2.

Row 20 (k2, yfwd, s2, k1, p2sso, yfwd, k1] 5 times, k1. 

Row 22 k3, MB, k4, (yfwd, s2, k1, p2sso, yfwd, k3] 3 times, k1, MB, k3. 

Row 24 k9, MB, k4, yfwd, s2, k1, p2sso, yfwd, k4, MB, k9.

Row 26 k15, MB, k15.

Cast off loosely. 


Work as Centre Triangular Sections until side edge fits along crown border of Centre Triangular Sections from marker to cast-off edge. 

Cast off  loosely. 


First join side edges of Centre Triangular Sections, leaving the Crown motif borders free from marked row to cast-off edge.

Sew Corner Triangles in position from marked row to cast off edge.


With 4.5mm needles, cast on 11 sts and knit 1 row.

Row 1 (RS), k3, yfwd, k2tog, k1, s1, k1, psso, turn, cast on 4 sts, turn, k2tog, k1. 13sts.

Row 2 k10, yfwd, k2tog, k1. 

Row 3 k3, yfwd, k2tog, s1, k1, psso, [yfwd, k1] 4 times, yfwd, k2tog. 16sts.

Row 4 k13, yfwd, k2tog, k1.

Row 5 k3, yfwd, k2tog, s1, k1, psso, [yfwd, k1] twice, yfwd, s1, k2tog, psso, [yfwd, k1] twice, yfwd, k2tog. 18sts.

Row 6 k15, yfwd, k2tog, k1.

Row 7 k3, yfwd, k2tog, k11, k2tog. 17sts.

Row 8 Cast off 6 sts, k to last 3 sts, yfwd, k2tog, k1. 11sts.

Rep these 8 rows until edging fits all round edge of shawl, allowing for edging to be eased on around corners, ending with row 8 of patt. 

Cast off. 


Join ends of edging. Sew in position all round the shawl.

Weave in ends. 

Wash and block shawl according to the ball band instructions.

How to block your finished shawl

Blocking, often called dressing, is the final step to finish your piece. Lace knitting benefits from blocking as the pattern gets opened out beautifully. Gently wash or dampen the finished piece then lay out on a towel or, ideally, foam mats (the children’s play ones are ideal but check for colour fastness). Stretch the shawl out evenly so the lace pattern is fully opened and pin in place using non-rusting pins. Leave until fully dry. Your shawl should be blocked after every wash.