Orchid Thief

Dramatic botanical lace shawl

Introducing a new improved version of the Orchid Thief pattern, self published by Ysolda. It features clearer charts and full written directions for fun, frustration free knitting.


    Three petals bloom from the centre top edge, their points organically growing into the three spines of yarn over increases. This unusual increase pattern creates the perfect shape for staying in place around your shoulders. The petals along the edge are grouped into threes, echoing the centre and forming deep scallops.


    This is the self published version.

    If you have a copy of the printed booklet, please click here for a chart correction.

    If you have a copy of Brave New Knits, please click here for errata.

  • YARN

    440 yds / 402m fingering / 4-ply yarn.

    Shown in Malabrigo Sock (100% merino, 440yds / 402m, 3.53oz / 100g) in Eggplant - note that the sample used almost the entire skein, it is advisable to buy a second skein from the same dyelot just in case.


    Stitch markers.

  • Ravelry Orchid Thief KAL thread
    Blog post - Using charts
    Technique Thursday - Blocking shawls
    Technique Thursday - Yarn overs



20 sts and 32 rows = 4˝ / 10cm in st st.




440 yds / 402m fingering / 4-ply yarn.
Shown in Malabrigo Sock in Eggplant.

Needles and notions

US 6 / 4mm 24˝ / 60cm or longer circular needle.

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