The body of the shawl is a simple striped stockinette, and the lace adds the feminine touch. Despite looking complicated, this shawl is a great lace project for those who are not experienced in lace knitting.

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The orange-red Esther shawl is designed for my sister. She definitely knows what she wants. She wanted the exact yarn she saw me using for the Victoria pullover. So I promised to make her something with the leftover of that project. I had to get creative to find a shape that both shows the beauty of the contrasts and makes the shawl a practical wear in the office. I used a third, hand-dyed color to finish the shawl and to make it even more personal.

Yarn used in sample                               

C1: By-buci 100% Merino. 590 yds [540 m] / 100 g,( 100 % merino), color: red. 150 yds [135 m]

C2: By-buci 100% Merino. 590 yds [540 m] / 100 g, (100 % merino), color: orange. 154 yds [140 m]

C3: Rial Filati Baby Supremo (Handdyed by me). 218 yds [200 m] / 50 g, color: orange. 280 yds [256 m]


US 4 [3.5 mm] 32” (80 cm) long circular needle

Recommended yarns

Sport, fingering or light fingering weight yarn in 3 colors. You are free to play with your yarn selection with 1 and C2: use any solid, semi-solid or long color changing yarn, but for C3, please choose a (semi)solid yarn. You can play with texture too: you can get great effects if you dare to put a mohair blend or other kind of fluffier yarn into your selection.


Wingspan at the top: 51” [130cm], height in the middle: 18” [45cm]




Tapestry needle, stitch markers


22 sts x 40 rows in 4” [10 cm] in st st pattern. Please note that in this particular project getting the right gaugeis not essential. However, working with different yarn weight / gauge will effect both the yardage and the final size of the project as well.

Of course Esther shawl is a part of the Family Business Collection.

Family Business Collection

Our family is dominated by women. It’s so much fun to see all these different type of women gathering together, showing different personalities and resembling each other. All four of them ordered something handmade for this fall. They all have their own style, they all know what they like and they are not afraid to express their special ideas. The result is a bunch of designs, all different as women can be, but all practical and feminine.

Dorothy shawl

is for my youngest daughter, using a unique shawl structure: it is made sideways, and the changes in the lace pattern form the shape of the shawl. I offer 3 different sizes, so that it can be an adult wear too.

Noemi shawl

It’s a classic shawl, knitted from top down with many-many increases. The lace is rather tricky, as it’s knitted on the wrong side too. The beads make the shawl extra special.

Laura cowl 

The cowl is textured, the different sections give it a lively rhythm.