Falling Petals Shawl – A Versatile Knit in Lace or 4ply Weight

I designed Falling Petals Shawl in 2013 to showcase a semi-solid lace yarn for my first book, Bake Knit Sew (Anchor and Bee, 2014). Of course, that doesn’t limit the pattern, which works equally beautifully in 4ply/sock weight yarn. You’ll see the beautiful samples on display at Stranded By The Sea LYS in Edmonds, Washington as proof. I am sharing more about the design here as well as showing you how it looks knit up in each weight. Shown here in lace (left) and 4ply/sock/fingering (right).

Falling Petals Shawl by Evin Bail OKeeffe shown in three colours and two yarn weights

Lacy shawls enthral and intimidated me when I was designing for my first book, so I developed Falling Petals Shawl from my longing to create one that is an ideal first lace knitting project. It reminds me of the end of Spring when the Cherry Blossom trees shed their petals, like nature’s confetti. After each row’s instructions, the stitch count is noted in parenthesis within the pattern.

Falling Petals Shawl is also available as an individual pattern on LoveCrafts and Ravelry.

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This pattern works well in lace weight yarn or in 4ply/sock weight yarn.

Lace Weight Materials:
Knit with Dragonfly Fibres Lace yarn 957yd / 875m / 125g (Springtime in Washington colorway) or equivalent weight yarn and yardage using 3.75mm (US 5) circular needles.

4ply/Sock Weight Materials:
Sweet Georgia Cashluxe Fine 840yd / 768m / 242g (Elderberry colorway) or equivalent weight yarn and yardage using 4mm (US 6) circular needles.


Lace Weight Falling Petals Shawl

Knit with merino lace yarn 957yd / 875m / 125g using 3.75mm (US 5) circular needles and a whopping 58 stitch markers. This pattern is forgiving with gauge and the sample was knit in garter stitch at 23sts x 35rows / 4in x 4in, blocked. When blocked, the shawl measures 35in across at the straight edge; 13in from CO to lace edge straight down; 48in around the crescent lace edge.

lace shawl modelled


4ply Weight Falling Petals Shawl

Following the same original pattern, Falling Petals Shawl can be knit up in 4ply/fingering/sock weight yarn. Use US6/4mm to knit and US9/5.5mm needles for the cast off. Two samples knit by Stranded By The Sea LYS in Edmonds, Washington were perfection in Sweet Georgia CashLuxe. Each skein is 420 yards of simmering softness.

Here is Falling Petals Shawl knit in Sweet Georgia Cashluxe Fine, Lupine (blue) and Sweet Georgia CashLuxe Spark, Elderberry (close to mulberry).

Falling Petals Shawl in Sweet Georgia CashLuxe rich Lupine blue on blocking boards at Stranded by the Sea

Falling Petals Shawl knit with Sweet Georgia CashLuxe by Stranded by the Sea

Falling Petals Lace Shawl at Stranded By The Sea


Bake Knit Sew: A Knitting and Craft Project Annual


Bake Knit Sew: A Knitting and Craft Project Annual (Anchor and Bee, 2014) showcases a year of creativity in baking, knitting, and sewing. Twelve baking recipes, seven knitting patterns, and five sewing projects are yours to make your own. Approachable projects for beginners and seasoned crafters seeking to expand to another hobby. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how simple it is to make and create these functional projects from scratch. In this age of mass consumption and branding, there is magic in being able to create something unique and special. Something all your own, from the heart. Bake Knit Sew includes 13 recipes, 7 knitting patterns, and 5 sewing projects. Falling Petals is also available as an individual pattern on LoveCrafts and Ravelry.

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 Ravelry* (ebook PDF)

Book signing and Falling Petals Shawl at Stranded by the Sea in Edmonds, Washington. EvinOK.com

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