330 yds / 300m [610 yds / 555m] lace or fingering (4ply) weight yarn.

Smaller blue shawl shown in Old Maiden Aunt Alpaca Merino 4ply (50% suri alpaca / 50% merino, 330 yds / 300m, 3.53oz / 100g) in Moody.

Larger shawl shown in Fyberspates Laceweight Scrumptious (45% silk / 55% merino, 1095 yds / 1000m, 3.53oz / 100g) in Treacle Toffee.


4mm circular needle (24” / 60cm or longer)


20 sts and 30 rows = 4” / 10cm in st st. Matching exact gauge isn’t crucial, but your gauge will obviously affect the finished size.


Directions for 2 sizes are given - s[l], approx 48.5[66]” / 123[168]cm wide, 14.5[19.5]” / 37[49.5]cm long at centre.

Version information


The most recent update contained only changes to the layout, the previous version (ishbel.1.2.pdf) is also correct.

If you have a printed book purchased spring 2009 click here for errata information.

Helpful links

Technique Thursday - Yarn overs 
Blog post - Using charts 
Technique Thursday - Blocking shawls