Shield Maiden Knit Shawl FREE Pattern

Shield Maiden Knit Shawl FREE Pattern
by Kristin Omdahl

Knit from the top down, this beautiful knit lace shawl has cleverly hidden increases so you never have to increase within the lace stitch pattern! The edging is very unique and allows you the option of beading without having to thread the beads onto your work first. This is a one-skein shawl pattern with Be So Fine Yarn. Scoll to the bottom of this page to watch a tutorial video on how to knit this magnificent edging.


1 ball Be So Fine Yarn; 650 yds per 4oz; 100% bamboo; color Pink Damask.

US8 (5mm) circular knitting needles

(48) 5mm silver charm beads (optional)

Gauge: 4 sts/5 rows = 1” in blocked lace stitch pattern

Finished size: 70” wide x 31” long

NOTE: this shawl uses the entire ball of Be So Fine yarn. While gauge is not critical when making a shawl, if you want this to be a one-skein project, your gauge will be important.


CO 24 sts

Row 1 – 2: knit across

Row 3: k3, kfb, k1)x9, k3. — 33 sts

Row 4: knit across. — 33 sts

Row 5: k3, (k1, ssk, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, k2tog, k1)x3, k3. — 33 sts

Row 6 (and all even numbered rows): k3, purl across to last 3 sts: k3. — 33 sts

Row 7, 9, 11, 13, 15: rep row 5. — 33 sts

Row 17: k3, (k1, yo, ssk, k3, k2tog, yo, k1)x3, k3. — 33 sts

Row 19: k3, (k2, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k2)x3, k3. — 33 sts

Row 21: k3, (k3, yo, s2kp, yo, k3)x3, k2. — 33 sts

Row 23: k3, kfb, in ea st across to last 3 sts: k3, — 60 sts

Row 25: k3, (k1, ssk, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, k2tog, k1)x6, k3. — 60 sts

Row 27, 29, 31, 33, 35: rep row 25. — 60 sts

Row 37: k3, (k1, yo, ssk, k3, k2tog, yo, k1)x6, k3. — 60 sts

Row 39: k3, (k2, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k2)x6, k3. — 60 sts

Row 41: k3, (k3, yo, sk2p, yo, k3)x3, k3. — 60 sts

Rows 43 – 60: rep rows 25 – 42 once more. — 60 sts

Row 61: k3, kfb in ea st across to last 3 sts: k3. — 114 sts

Row 63: k3, (k1, ssk, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, k2tog, k1)x12, k3. — 114 sts

Rows 65, 67, 69, 71, 73: rep row 63. — 114 sts

Row 75: k3, (k1, yo, ssk, k3, k2tog, yo, k1)x12, k3. — 114 sts

Row 77: k3, (k2, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k2)x12, k3. — 114 sts

Row 79: k3, (k3, yo, s2kp, yo, k3)x12, k3. — 114 sts

Rows 81 – 98: rep rows 63 – 80 once more. — 114 sts

Rows 99 – 116: rep rows 63 – 80 once more. — 114 sts

Row 117: k3, kfb in ea st across to last 3 sts: k3. — 222 sts

Row 119: k3, (k1, ssk, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, k2tog, k1)x24, k3. — 222 sts

Rows 121, 123, 125, 127, 129: rep row 119. — 222 sts

Row 131: k3, (k1, yo, ssk, k3, k2tog, yo, k1)x24, k3. — 222 sts

Row 135: k3, (k2, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k2)x24, k3. — 222 sts

Row 137: k3, (k3, yo s2kp, yo, k3)x12, k3. — 222 sts

Row 139: k3, kfb in ea st across to last 3 sts: k3. — 438 sts

Row 141: k3 (k1, ssk, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, k2tog, k1)x48, k3. — 438 sts

Row 142 (all even numbered rows for remainder of shawl): knit across. — 438 sts

Row 143, 145, 147, 149, 151: rep row 141. — 438 sts

Row 145: k3, (k1, yo, ssk, k3, k2tog, yo, k1)x48, k3. — 438 sts

Row 147: k3, (k2, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k2)x48, k3. — 438 sts

Row 149: k3, (k3, yo, s2kp, yo, k3)x48, k3. — 438 sts

NOTE: This is where the petals should be bound off separately to create points across the lower edge.

BO 3 selvedge sts.

Row 1: *working across next repeat only of lace stitch pattern: k3, s2kp, k3, TURN.

Row 2: k7

Row 3: k2, s2kp, k2. — 5 sts

Row 4: k5

Row 5:k1, s2kp, k1. — 3 sts

Row 6: s2kp. — 1 sts, Fasten off leaving long tail. Thread bead onto tail, sew securely to point. Weave in.

Rep rows 1 – 6 for ea of the 48 pattern repeats across last row, BO last 3 selvedge edge sts. Fasten off.

Hand wash, block to finished measurements and let dry. Weave in loose ends.


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