handspun delight

Handspun Delight shawl.

The Handspun Delight shawl showcases hand spun yarn. It has been designed to be knit with the typical thick-and-thin yarn which most new spinners produce with their first efforts. This design works well with hand-dyed, variegated yarns, or with a combination of yarn odds and ends. Because of this it is also great for some stash busting.

The shawl consists of a stockinette body and a border based on the Old Shale lace pattern. Charts and full written instructions are given.

This pattern gives instructions for shawls in three sizes: S (M, L) with 5 (7, 9) Old Shale lace fans. On all three versions it is possible to extend the lace edging.
Bulky weight yarn in size S will give a shawlette sized piece similar to the pink sample. Worsted weight yarn in size L and the extended lace border gives a very generous shawl as in the blue-green sample. Working the largest size and border with fingering weight yarn would give a decent shawlette.

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Skills required

This pattern uses various increases and decreases: k2tog, k2tog tbl, skp, kfb, M1, pfb and yo. Because of this it is suitable for the intermediate knitter, or the more adventurous beginning lace knitter.

Pattern details

  • Top-down
  • Written for any gauge
  • Pattern languages included: English and Dutch (Dit patroon omvat zowel een Nederlandse als een Engelse versie)
  • Digital PDF has 4 pages (letter size)


The pattern for the Handspun Delight shawl works well with a large variety of yarn weights. Here are some guidelines for the required amount:

Small size: 200 – 250 m (218 – 273 yards) of aran to bulky weight yarn.
Medium size: 250 – 350 m (273 – 383 yards) of worsted to bulky weight yarn.
Large size: 350 – 600 m (383 – 656 yards) of fingering to worsted weight yarn.

Yardage estimates are variable due to differences in yarn thickness, needles chosen, preferred gauge and depth of border.

  • Needles appropriate for the yarn chosen.
  • Yarn needle
  • 6 (8, 10) stitch markers