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Shoal by Christelle Nihoul

Plot your course with Shoal, an ever familiar triangular shawl made anew with a unique asymmetrical side-to-side construction. Then, watch seas of garter stitch, plunging waves, and the wings of waterfowl come together in a beautiful triumvirate, balancing textural and openwork stitches for a beautiful seascape to drape about your shoulders.

This shawl is worked flat from the upper right point to the opposite side; the lace motif is worked from charts only. The Vale and Peerie versions are worked from the same charts and instructions, at differing gauges.


Laceweight Version

  • 2 skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Vale (100% American Rambouillet wool; 450 yards/50 grams)
  • Laceweight sample photographed in color Vernal

Fingering Weight Version

  • 4 skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Peerie (100% American Merino wool; 210 yards/50 grams)
  • Fingering weight sample photographed in color Hammock


Laceweight Version

  • 815 total yards of laceweight wool yarn

Fingering Weight Version

  • 710 total yards of fingering weight wool yarn


Laceweight Version

  • 24 stitches & 36 rows = 4″ in garter stitch with Size A needle, after blocking

Fingering Weight Version

  • 28 stitches & 56 rows = 4″ in garter stitch with Size A needle, after blocking


Size A (for Main Fabric)

  • One 32″ circular needle in size needed to obtain gauge listed
  • Suggested Size, Laceweight Version: 4 mm (US 6)
  • Suggested Size, Fingering Weight Version: 3¼ mm (US 3)

Size B (for Bind Off )

  • One needle in knitter’s preferred style, two sizes larger than Size A
  • Suggested Size, Laceweight Version: 5 mm (US 8)
  • Suggested Size, Fingering Weight Version: 3¾ mm (US 5)

Finished Dimensions

Laceweight Version

  • 70¾” [179.5 cm] by 65″ [165 cm] by 45¼″ [115 cm]

Fingering Weight Version

  • 57¼” [145.5 cm] by 50″ [127 cm] by 34¼” [87 cm]

Measurements taken from relaxed fabric after blocking.

Tutorials for all special techniques listed below are included in the pattern:

  • Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off

Skill Level

  • 4 out of 5

Please note: the stitch patterns for this garment are charted only.

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