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Whit's Knits: Bamboo Wedding Shawl

My wedding was over ten years ago, and at the time it felt like a big, swirling blur. But now I can remember every single detail like it was yesterday, from my red sequined shoes to the strawberry cobbler.

With the gift of time, I'm going to offer some totally unsolicited advice. It is this: the absolute, very best way to make your day memorable is to infuse it with details that come from your heart, such as... a beautiful hand knit shawl!

I truly believe that hand knit objects have power. As you or someone you love knits this Wedding Shawl, it will become steeped in the hopes and dreams of your big day. And as your wedding night cools down and you wrap your shawl around your shoulders, you will not only look drop dead gorgeous, but you will be reminded of those hopes and dreams, and you will take an important minute to thank your lucky stars!

This Wedding Shawl gets its extraordinary drape and beautiful shine from Habu's Bamboo 20/12. In pristine white, Habu's Bamboo is a perfectly cool choice for spring nights. Knit up in a simple, geometric pattern called Flemish Block Lace, the result is an understated elegance that never goes out of style.

The Materials

  • 2 skeins of Habu's Bamboo 20/12 or 2 skeins of Habu's Dyed Bamboo
  • A US #3, 24 inch circular needle (You could use a set of long straight needles instead, but with the size and weight of the shawl I highly recommend circular needles!)

The Pattern


7  stitches = 1 inch in the lace pattern

Finished Size

22 inches wide and 60 1/2 inches long, unblocked (By my best calculations, there is enough yarn left over to make the shawl about 9 inches longer if you'd like!)


Cast on 153 stitches.

Preparations Rows: Knit 7 rows.

Row 1 and all other odd numbered rows: K5, purl to the last 5 stitches, k5.

Row 2: K7, *k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k3, k2tog, yo, k4, repeat from * to last 6 stitches, k6.

Row 4: K6, *k2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k4, repeat from * to last 7 stitches, k7.

Row 6: K5, k2tog, yo, *k5, yo, slip1, k2tog, pass slipped stitch over, yo, k4, k2tog, yo, repeat from * to last 6 stitches, k6.

Row 8: K7, *yo, ssk, k4, yo, ssk, k3, k2tog, yo, k1, repeat from * to last 6 stitches, k6.

Row 10: K8, *yo, ssk, k4, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k3, repeat from * to last 5 stitches, k5.

Row 12: K9, *yo, ssk, k4, yo, k3tog, yo, k5, repeat from * to last 5 stitches (end the last repeat with a k4), k5.

Repeat Row 1-12 until the shawl measures 60 inches from the cast on edge.

Next Row: K5, purl to last 5 stitches, k5.

Knit 6 rows.

Bind off loosely in knit stitch and weave in the ends. For a very polished finish, gently block your shawl.

Reader Comments (127)

so when it says to knit 7 at beginning of row that includes the five knit in the odd rows? Must be my problem. Will start again and see if I can get this. Thanks.
May 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPatty
Oh, I just answered my own question by looking at yarns on your website--300 yards is not nearly enough! TOo bad, now I will have to shop for more yarn!
May 17, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermelanie
Do you have any thoughts on making this with Jade Sapphire cashmere laceweight? I'm thinking about making a smaller version with two skeins. Thanks!
May 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPam
Hi Patty,

Yes, the "k7" does include the 5 edge stitches. I'm sorry if that sets you back! Please let me know if I can clarify anything else for you!

Good luck!
May 17, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi Pam,

I think the Jade Sapphire 2 Ply Cashmere would be a really beautiful option! Keep in mind that the Cashmere is a little thicker than the Bamboo (and you want to make sure to knit it loose enough for it o spread out and "halo"), so I would use a US #5 or even #6 needle, if your tension is about average.

It's going to be absolutely gorgeous! We can't wait to see it, so send us a pic when you're done!

May 22, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Beautiful pattern and I'm making it for my daughters November wedding. When working on lace patterns I use stitch markers figuring that if I space them 14 stitches apart it will be OK. However I don't think it works like that for this pattern. ??? Is that the case.
May 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTeresa
Your shawl is so beautiful. We are using chevron stripes as decor accents for our wedding so I decided to make this shawl for myself and my bridesmaids. I picked up 2 skeins of Juniper Moon Farm Findley in Fresco as a test run for myself. It's so pretty and soft...I love it. However, the yarn is a bit lighter than I want it to be. I was thinking for the girls shawls I might try a thicker yarn and was going to see if you had some suggestions. Something not too expensive. We are on a DIY budget for the wedding. I was looking at Tahki Cotton Classic, but thought that might be too thick. Any help you can give would be great.
July 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatie
I have a beautiful white baby yarn and would love to make a christening blanket about 40X40 with a little larger needle. Any suggestions on how many I might cast on for this?

July 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGail
Hi Katie,

What an incredibly generous idea! Your wedding sounds like it will be a very special celebration!

Here are a couple of options I would consider. Each is slightly heavier than the Findley and lighter than the Cotton Classic, and both are less expensive than the Bamboo. And of course, they're both really beautiful!

Spud & Chloe Fine: (6 skeins)
Madeline Tosh Tosh Merino Light: (4 skeins)

Good luck and congratulations!
July 23, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi Gail,

Well, it depends on the gauge you get when you knit with your yarn. But once you have determined that, you will multiply your gauge by 40 and then cast on the number that is closest to being a multiple of 14 plus 13.

So, for example, if your gauge is slightly bigger, say, 6 stitches to the inch, then you would multiply 6 x 40 = 240. Then you would determine that 14 x 16 = 224 + 13 = 237 and you would cast on 237 stitches!

Thanks so much for your question and good luck!

July 23, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I am wondering if Bamboo Silk would work for this project or if you have any other recommendations.

Thank you,
August 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah
Hi Deb.
I think a Bamboo/Silk yarn would be lovely. Also, here is a link to our other Lace Weight yarns:[]=2
I think Anzula's Mermaid would be quite striking. It's a Sea Cell/Silk blend.
Hope this help! Let us know how it goes.
August 18, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Is it right that in row 6 the asterisk is after K5, k2tog, yo? Because in the other rows it is right after k5 or k6. I hope you understand what I mean. I would hate to make it wrong. I love this shawl.
Thank you
October 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterConnie
Hi Connie,

That's right! Thanks for double checking and good luck!

October 8, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I'm trying to help a customer find an appropriate yarn to substitute, (she did not want to order on line), and I am a little confused. She asked for fingering weight, but further in your blog, I see that it says lace weight; but when I looked up Habu 20/12 on Yarndex it says this is DK. I would like to help my customer have a good experience with your pattern.I do not carry either of your suggested substitutions, but I do have a lace weight from Misti Alpaca and several choices in either fingering or DK. Thank you, kathy
Hi Kathy,

Habu is pretty unique yarn company in that they never like to pin their yarns down, preferring to keep them all open to interpretation, which doesn't help us much here! But from my experience having knit the Bamboo 20/20, it's really a fingering weight yarn, at least the way I used it!

I'm sorry for the confusion. Thanks for so kindly helping your customer through the first step!

October 17, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Love this! It is so beautiful! I began knitting it for my wedding on January 12, 2013. But with the lack of time on my hands, my grandma has offered to knit the rest for me. I am so excited to use it on a snowy winter wedding day! Thanks for sharing it!!
November 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJenny
I know I could make the shawl any size I want, but I wonder if there could there be a mistake in the shawl dimensions in the pattern? The finished size is 22 inches wide and 60 1/2 inches long. The instructions say to knit in pattern until the shawl is 60 inches from the cast on edge; then knit 7 more rounds and block gently.

Since this is a lace shawl, I'd expect to have to stretch it some in blocking to get the eyelets to open up, but those extra 7 rows you knit at the end are surely going to take you beyond 60 1/2 inches ... before blocking. Is the finished length supposed to be more like 66 1/2 inches?

December 30, 2012 | Unregistered Commentervera
Hi Vera,

It's been awhile, but I think that those 7 rows should take you to about 60 1/2 inches, and then it seems that I must have given the unblocked finished dimensions.

I've added that fact to the pattern, because I hear you! It's a little confusing! I agree that you can expect some stretch from blocking (and wearing!).

Thanks for your attention to detail and for making the shawl. I hope you enjoy it!

December 31, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
This might be perfect for a charity gift that I want to make for a military wife.

Something resonates with me.

Thank you!

I will let you know if this comes to pass ...
January 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarny CA
I am on pattern row #8, and things aren't working out at the end. I have too many pattern sts left to do before I hit the K6 at the end. I have double and triple checked the entire row. Row 6 came out perfectly even with the pattern and my purl row is fine. I'm dying to go forward, but don't know what to do.

BTW, when I count sts at the end of each pattern row, should I have 153 sts. If not, is there a guide to let me know how many sts. should remain at the end of these rows? Thx so much.
January 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGail
Hi Gail,

For Row 8, you should knit 7 stitches, then repeat [yo, ssk, k4, yo, ssk, k3, k2tog, yo, k1] 10 times (which is 14 stitches x 10 = 140), and then knit 6 = 153 stitches. If you're coming out a bit off, I'm afraid there's some little mistake that you're missing. I know it's so frustrating to not see it, but I'm sure it's there!

And, yes, every row should end up at 153 stitches. In general, our patterns always mention if the stitch count changes!

Please let us know if we can help further and good luck!

January 21, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Good Morning! I am planning on knitting this for my future daughter-in-law for their wedding! The wedding isn't until December, but i am beginning to worry because the Habu 20/12 Bamboo is out of stock. If this doesn't become available, is there another yarn that you can recommend using? I know that I have time to wait for a while, but... I am afraid that time will go by very quickly! :) Thank you!
January 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSheryl Elliott
We do have the bamboo on order and are hoping it gets here soon but we aren't sure of an arrival date, sorry. Please email me at to be put on the notification list.

As for a substitute for the bamboo, nothing really has the same drape that we have found but technically any yarn that knits at the same gauge would work. You would need 1600 yards.


January 24, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjen
February 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWHITS KNITS
HI Corrina,

A slip slip knit (or SSK) is a left leaning decrease, while a knit 2 together (k2tog) is right leaning. So, yes, it does make a difference. In case you need it, here is our Slip Slip Knit Tutorial:

As far as the Habu Bamboo being available in Saint John, I don't know; but we do ship to Canada all the time, so if you run out of luck with your local yarn shops, you can order some from us right here:

Thank you for your questions and good luck with the shawl!

February 22, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hello! This pattern is just gorgeous! Is it possible to convert this pattern to work in the round (for a cowl, for example)? Obviously I would knit the purl rows, and would forget about the k5 on the end of each row, but what other alterations would I have to make to the pattern?

March 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMegan
i only have a Walmart store to shop for kniting thread. Do you know if they have a thread that will do for the Wedding shawl?
March 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMary Rose
Hi Mary Rose-

We aren't familiar with the selection at Walmart but as long as you get lace weight yarn the pattern should work.

Also, we ship all over the world from our webstore:

Here is the link to this bamboo yarn:

Thank you for your question
March 11, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
HI Megan,

I haven't done it, but I think, in addition to what you suggest, you would cast on a multiple of 14 stitches and just repeat the instructions after the asterisk (the 14 stitch-repeat). The only snag you might hit is in Row 6. I don't think you'd work the first k2tog, yo, but you may have to decide once you get there!

I hope this helps and good luck! Let us know how it goes!

March 11, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi Whitney,

This is beautiful. Would you have this pattern charted somewhere? I can't wait to work on this.

Thank you!
March 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDoreen
Hi Doreen,

No, I'm sorry we don't, but a quick Google search of "How to make a knitting chart" turned up quite a few reputable sites. Could be a fun challenge!

Or if you need any help deciphering the pattern as written, please let us know. We'd be happy to help!

Thanks for asking and good luck!

March 18, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I have always used markers when I have this much pattern . Do you have a suggestion for using markers and if so would it be 17 for pattern.
March 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMary Rose
Hi Whitney,
This is the first lace pattern that I have tried. After row 2, I only have 123 stitches left because of the ssk and k2togs. I didn't realize this was a problem until my pattern didn't leave me 6 stitches at the end of row 4. Do you have any thoughts on what I'm doing wrong? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks for the beautiful pattern.

March 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLiz
Hi Mary Rose,

You might have some trouble with stitch markers because the patterns are moving diagonally which usually means that you have to keep removing the markers and replacing them.

But if you'd like to give markers a try, the lace pattern repeats 10 times, so you would place maybe 11 markers (one at the beginning of the repeats, and one in between each repeat).

I hope this helps! Please let us know if you have any other questions and thanks for this one!

March 25, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi Liz,

My best guess is that you're misinterpreting the instruction to yarn over. A lot of beginning lace knitters think that a yarn over includes a knit stitch, when actually a yarn over is simply the act of bringing the yarn forward into the knit position (at least, in this case, it is!).

Please let us know if this doesn't clear up the problem, but I suspect it will!

Thanks for your question and good luck!

March 25, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I'm making the wedding shawl. When I got to row 6 of the pattern the numbers don't come out right. With knitting the first 6 stitches and knitting the last 4 stitches, there are 142 stitches left. The pattern is 16 stitches, and that does not divide into 142 stitches.
Please advise as to what I'm doing wrong.
Thank you.
April 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVernita Winikka
Hi Vernita,

I'm a little confused... You should have cast on 153 stitches, so knitting the first 6 and last 4 stitches would leave you with 143, not 142. But also, Row 6's instructions don't have you knitting the first 6 and last 4, so I'm not sure where you are in the pattern. And the pattern's repeat is 14 plus 13.

The numbers do work out, so I think your best bet might be to check over your work very carefully to make sure that you didn't miss an increase or decrease. Please let me know if you're still having problems and we'll try to work it out!

Thanks for your question and good luck!
April 22, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I am having a problem getting the 6th row to come out right. I take 6 stitches of knitting at each end and that leaves 141 stitches. That is not divisible by any number.
What is wrong?
April 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVernita Winikka
I'm sorry I told you the wrong number both times. The pattern shows
Row 6: K5, k2tog, yo, *k5, yo, slip1, k2tog, pass slipped stitch over, yo, k4, k2tog, yo, repeat from * to last 6 stitches, k6.

If I subtract the 11 knit stitches at beginning and end, I come up with 142 stitches. That still is not divisible by any number, 14, 15 or 16. I show that
k2tog, yo, *k5, yo, slip1, k2tog, pass slipped stitch over, yo, k4, k2tog, yo, comes to 16 stitches. What should it be?
Where am I off? Thanks for your patience.
April 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVernita Winikka
Hi again Vernita,

Don't forget the first k2tog! The beginning of the row (before the asterisk) is k5 + k2tog = 7 stitches. And the end of the row is 6 stitches, so 7 + 6 = 13. And 153 - 13 = 140, which is divisible by 14, the pattern's repeat.

I hope this helps! Thanks for sticking with it!

April 23, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Would love to make the Wedding Shawl, but am having trouble finding recommended yarn in stock. Would it be okay to use Anzula's Milky Way?
April 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJudy
Hi Judy-

That would be a great substitution! You can check out our selection of Milky Way here:

Or, if you'd like to get in touch with our website about the original yarn, just drop them a line at customerservice AT purlsoho DOT com and they can let you know the ETA.

Thank you!

April 30, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
What a lovely shawl! Thanks so much for the pattern!

After a year-long knitting hiatus I recently decided to pick up my needles again. I went to my LYS looking for a simple but interesting pattern that didn't require a lot of yarn; they had a shawl pattern that seemed easy and called for just two balls of Classic Elite Yarns Silky Alpaca Lace. Well, the lace pattern is pretty straightforward, but the resulting lace is ... boring. I hopped online to search for an alternative and am thrilled to have found this beauty.

So, do you think my 2-ply laceweight will work? Will 920 yards suffice? And, if so, what needle size would you recommend (the ball band suggests size 2, but the CEY pattern calls for size 4)? Any guidance you can offer will be much appreciated.

Thanks again,
May 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNikki
HI Nikki,

I used about 1450 yards to make this shawl, so to make this same size you don't have enough yarn. If you decide to make go ahead and make it narrower and/or shorter, then yes, a 2-ply laceweight would be fine; and the needle size depends on how you knit and what you like! I would try a few swatches in stockinette stitch with different size needles until you like what you get!

Thanks so much for your questions and please let me know if you have any more!

May 20, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I just finished this shawl, using a thicker yarn (not quite as pricey as that recommended) to make sure I could do this pattern before investing in the suggested yarn. It turned out GORGEOUS!!! I love it so much and have gotten so many rave reviews on it. I ended up making myself a little FLIP BOOK (one row per page) so I could stay on track of which row I was working on. Suffice it to say that I had many "start-overs" on this project prior to making the little flip book, but I was DETERMINED to finish this!
I will definitely be making this shawl again, and this time, I WILL splurge and invest in the suggested yarn for it. It is such a CLASSIC piece and such an elegant and beautiful pattern!
June 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne
Oh my, this has been a real labor of love to make this shawl for my daughter who gets married this January. I am still keeping my fingers crossed that I finish with 6 months to go.

I have struggled at every turn because I am a beginner. I was confused by row 12 that in parenthesis says (end the last repeat wit a K4), k5.

I don't get it, can you explain.
June 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterIngrid
Hi Ingrid,

For Row 12, the last time you work the repeat, instead of yo, ssk, k4, yo, k3tog, yo, k5, you will yo, ssk, k4, yo, k3tog, yo, k4. At the end of that you should have 5 stitches left over, which you knit.

Congratulations on all fronts: your daughter's wedding and your ambitious project! Please let me know if you run into any more questions and good luck!

July 1, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Thank you for sharing this beautiful pattern. I would like to knit it useing Blue Sky Alpaca Metalico, which is described as dk/sport weight, (5-6 st/in on # 3-5 needles). Would I be asking too much for help in adapting the # of stitches to cast on, and an estimate of how much yarn I would be needing? I have worked with this yarn before. Blocking really does "grow" it. I did see this shawl as a sample in a store in California. They identified the shawl as yours, but used 6 skeins of Blue Sky Alpaca Sport to make it up. (660 yds). Needless to say, it was gorgeous! Thanks so much for taking the time to reply.
September 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLinda
Hi Linda,

To cast on fewer stitches you should determine your gauge, multiply your gauge by the width you want your shawl to be and then cast on the number that is closest to being a multiple of 14 plus 13.

So, for example, if your gauge is slightly bigger, say 6 stitches to the inch, and you want a 22-inch shawl (like ours), then you would multiply 6 x 22 = 132. Then you would determine that 14 x 9 = 126 + 13 = 139 and you would cast on 139 stitches!

Even though it is quite a bit thicker, I'm surprised the sample you saw used so little of the Blue Sky Sport, less than half what I used of the Habu Bamboo (1450 yards). I would guess that if you were making the same size shawl as ours, you would need about a 1000 yards of Metalico, but get extra just in case because it's a tough guess!

This will be beautiful in Metalico, by the way. We'd love to see your finished shawl!

Thanks so much for your question and good luck!

September 4, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee

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