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The Ocean Home Shawl is worked from the top down beginning with a garter tab cast-on. The instructions for this cast-on result in a shawl with a nice straight edge that’s a breeze to block without the dreaded garter hump!

The top portion is worked in easy going garter stitch that resembles a rocky texture. Rows of “bubbles” are made with simple yarn overs and decreases. The craggy surface combined with the bubbles creates a pleasing texture as well as a rhythmic and calming experience.

Once the desired wingspan has been reached, the border of the shawl continues in a lace pattern that’s reminiscent of waves swirling and churning around a rocky shore.

Finally your trip to the ocean ends with a bind off that’s stable enough for the shawl’s edge, but stretchy enough to accommodate blocking the watery lace.

Curious how the shawl got its name? You can read about it on my blog here.

Pattern Includes

  • optional chart for the lace section
  • schematic
  • row tracker
  • modification suggestions


SKILLS NEEDED: K2tog, kfb, ssk, ssp, yo, written instructions provided for expandable lace bind-off.

Yarn A 360 - 440 (482 - 589) yds; 330 - 403 (441 - 539) m.
Yarn B (lace) 295 - 360 (346 - 422) yds; 270 - 330 (317 - 386) M.

WINGSPAN S ( L): 61 (71)”; 155 (180) cm after blocking. Model is wearing size S.
DEPTH S (L): 18” (20.5)”; 46 (52) cm.

NEEDLES: US # 6 (4 mm) is recommended or size to obtain gauge. 40” (100 cm) or longer circular needle.

YARN SUBSTITUTION: Any 4 ply fingering or sock weight yarn. Use the yarn that makes you happy. Keep in mind that the lace section (bottom) looks its best in a tonal, solid, lightly speckled, or gradient.

GAUGE: 23.5 sts x 38 rows = 4” / 10 cm worked flat in garter st (and blocked); two repeats of lace is 20 sts x 36 rows = 5.5” x 4.5” / 14 x 11.5 cm worked flat (and blocked) and measured at deepest point. A different gauge will affect drape, yardage required, and size.

NOTIONS REQUIRED: Tapestry needle and 36 (42) stitch markers.

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This pattern is a copyright of Brenda Schack of BrenJS Knits. Credit must be given to BrenJS Knits when selling items made from this pattern. Pattern and photos can not be used for resale purposes. Please share your work with the hashtag #oceanhomeshawl and #brenjsknits so that I can admire your knitting!
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