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Polar Lights

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Aurora borealis, northern lights, polar lights…

Polar Lights is inspired by nature’s phenomenal light show. Criss-crossing lace sections in contrasting colors alternate with soothing garter stitch in the main color, like auroral arcs covering the night sky.

The shawl is knit on the bias, starting from the upper right corner and continuing down towards the bottom left edge. The last two stitches of each row are slipped to create a neat edging. The shawl is finished with a picot bind-off.

This pattern is written with both metric and US terminology. Both written and charted instructions are given for the lace pattern.

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  • Wingspan: approx. 195 cm / 6’5”
  • Depth: approx. 60 cm / 23½”



Kässäkerho Pom Pom Suoma Single (100% wool, 205 m/50 g), 3 colors
  • Main color (MC): 2 skeins in the colorway Muste
  • Contrasting color 1 (CC1): 1 skein in the colorway Salvia
  • Contrasting color 2 (CC2): 1 skein in the colorway Mustikka
Or fingering-weight yarn, 3 colors
  • MC: approx. 410 m / 450 yd
  • CC1: approx. 150 m / 165 yd
  • CC2: approx. 175 m / 190 yd


  • 3.5 mm / US #4 long (80–100 cm / 32–40”) circular needle (or size needed to obtain gauge)


  • 2 stitch markers
  • Darning needle


  • 22 sts × 32 rows = 10 cm / 4” in garter stitch, blocked
  • 20 sts × 30 rows = 10 cm / 4” in lace pattern, blocked


The pattern uses the following techniques: long-tail cast-on, garter stitch, lace, slipped stitches, and picot bind-off. Ability to work lace from a chart is recommended but written instructions are also provided for the lace pattern.
You will get the following files:
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