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Heavy Lace Dionne

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As the name suggests is an updated version of the Dionne shawl.

First, it’s knitted in a sport weight yarn which means you’ll see much faster progress than if you were knitting the original 4ply version. Next, I thought it would be fun to offer you a couple of alternative ways to edge your shawl with either a slip stitch or a rib edge.

Both edges are knitted at the same time as the shawl, but the setups are slightly different, so I’ve included graphs showing how these new edges work alongside the main lace pattern. Whichever you choose, this new take on Dionne gives a fresh look to one of my classic shawl designs.

Skill Level 


Finished Measurements 

Finished shawl measures 97.5cm (38.5 in) long from centre cast on to cast-off edge and 156.5 cm ( 61.5 in) wide, excluding i-cord loops.


1107 m (1210 yds) of your preferred sport-weight yarn. The sample shown was knitted in De Rerum Natura Ulysse, a 100% wool, 5ply, woollen spun yarn with a meterage of 185m / 50 g (202 yards / 1.75 oz).


You’ll need to adjust the length of your needle in order to accommodate the shawl as it widens. I suggest either 4.50 mm (US 7) circular needles in 60, 120 and 150 cm (23.5, 47 and 60 in) lengths.

Or, if you prefer, 4.50 mm (US 7) interchangeable circular needle tips with a variety of cable lengths. As an example, you may want to begin with 35 cm (13.75 in), then transfer to 75 cm (29.5 in), and then finally 150 cm (59 in).

To work the shawl with a slip-stitch edge, you’ll need 

2 x 4.50 mm (US 7) double-pointed needles 

Small amount of waste yarn of the same weight as the main yarn

Also needed 

Darning needle for sewing in ends


20.5 sts and 32.8 rows to 10 cm (4 in) measured over lace pattern* using 4.50 mm (US 7) needles after blocking and pressing. Try working a swatch wide enough for a single repeat of each chart and adjust needles as needed to achieve the stated tension.

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