Dancing Lights Shawl & Scarf

When looking at the northern lights it appears that they are moving in many different directions. The lace pattern in this shawl was created to mimic that effect, creating many different lines for the eye to follow. This triangular shawl is knit from the top using a simple pattern and stitch markers.

Skill Level: Easy

Size: Finished dimension after blocking 56” wingspan x 24” depth from center

Gauge: 20 sts and 26 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st before blocking

Materials

Yarn:

Light Weight Yarn Malabrigo Silky Merino (50% Silk, 50% Merino; 450 yards [412 meters]/150 grams): Pradera SM437, 3 balls.

Needles: US size 6 (4 mm): circular

Notions: Stitch markers (4); tapestry needle

Abbreviations

k – knit
yo – yo
skp – slip knit pass
k2tog – knit two together
pm – place marker
sm – slip marker
RS – right side
WS – wrong side

Inc’d – increased

Shawl Pattern

CO 7 sts.

Set-up Row: K2, pm, yo, k1, yo, pm, k1, pm, yo, k1, yo, pm, k2 – 4 sts inc’d.

Row 1 (WS): Knit.
Row 2 (RS): K2, sm, yo, *skp, yo; rep from * to 1 st before marker, k1, yo, sm, k1, sm, yo, k1, yo, *k2tog, yo; rep from *to marker, sm, k2 – 4 sts inc’d.

Rep Rows 1-2 until longest side (edge not on needle) meas 56” or desired length.

BO off loosely in knit.

Finishing

Weave in ends and block.

Dancing Lights Scarf

Skill Level: Easy

Size: Finished dimension after blocking 56” wingspan x 12” depth from center

Gauge: 20 sts and 26 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st before blocking

Materials

Yarn: Malabrigo Silky Merino (50% Silk, 50% Merino; 250 yards [230 meters]/84 grams): Pradera SM437, 2 balls.

Needles: US size 6 (4 mm): circular

Notions: Stitch markers (4); tapestry needle

Scarf Pattern

CO 7 sts.

Set-up Row: K2, pm, yo, k1, yo, pm, k1, pm, yo, k1, yo, pm, k2 – 4 sts inc’d.

Row 1 (WS): K2, sm, yo, k to marker, yo, sm, k1, sm, yo, k to marker, yo, sm, k2 – 4 sts inc’d.

Row 2 (RS): K2, sm, yo, *skp, yo; rep from * to 1 st before marker, k1, yo, sm, k1, sm, yo, k1, yo, *k2tog, yo; rep from *to marker, sm, k2 – 4 sts inc’d.

Rep Rows 1-2 until longest side (edge not on needle) meas 56” or desired length.

BO off loosely in knit.

Finishing

Weave in ends and block.

yarn ball

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Comments
  • Karen B.

    I plan to make your Dancing Lights Shawl. I love it! You recommend a size 6 circular needle, but you don’t state how long. I am a fairly new knitter. How long should the cord be? Thank you for your response.

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    • Nicola P.

      Hi Karen! I’ve just reached out to the designer for her input. Stay tuned!

      Reply
  • Hello Karen,
    Thanks so much for taking the time to reach out. As you start the pattern there are only a few stitches but as you go more and more stitches are added. By the end you have hundreds of stitches on you needle so you need to have a circular needle that is long enough to accommodate them. I would recommend a 24” needle at the very least but there’s no harm in getting one that’s even longer. Please let me know if you have anymore questions, and happy knitting!

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