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Bubbles Baby Shawl

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Round knitted shawl with feather and fan and diamond patterned border

Materials and Size

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Patons Beehive Pearl-Knit, 2-Ply or Patons Beehive Lady Betty, 3-Ply

Width across centre 50 ins – 5 balls

Knitting Needles, 1 pair UK No 5/5.5mm/US 9


To get measurement it is absolutely necessary to work at a tension of 5½ sts to the inch in width measured over a plain, smooth fabric.


Cast on 8 stitches.

1st row: Knit, working into back of every row.

2nd row: * yo, K1, rep from * to end of row.

3rd and alt rows: Knit.

4th row: * yo, K2, rep from * to end of row.

6th row: * yo, K3, rep from * to end of row.

Continue in this manner until the row ”* yo, K35, rep from * to end of row” has been worked. (288 sts)

Work border as follows:

1st row: K3, * (yo, K1) six times, K6, rep from * to last 9 sts, (yo, K1) six times, K3. (432 sts).

2nd-4th rows: Knit.

5th row: (K2tog) three times, * (yo, K1) six times, (K2tog) six times, rep from * to last 12 sts, (yo, K1) six times, (K2tog) three times.

6th-8th rows: Knit.

Work rows 5-8 inclusive sixteen times.

Next row: * yo, K2tog, rep from * to end

Next row: Knit to end of row, turn, cast on 8 sts for stitches lace edging.

Work lace edging as follows:

1st row: K8, turn.

2nd row: Slip 1, K5, yo, K2.

3rd row: Yo, K2tog, K6, K2tog, turn.

4th row: Slip 1, K4, yo, K2tog, yo, K2

5th row: Yo, K2tog, K7, K2tog, turn.

6th row: Slip 1, K3, (yo, K2tog) twice, yo, K2.

7th row: Yo, K2tog, K8, K2tog, turn.

8th row: Slip 1, K2, (yo, K2tog) three times, yo, K2

9th row: Yo, K2tog, K9, K2tog, turn.

10th row: Slip 1, K2, K2tog, (yo, K2tog) three times, K1.

11th row: As 7th row.

12th row: Slip 1, K3, K2tog, (yo, K2tog) twice, K1.

13th row: As 5th row.

14th row: Slip 1, K4, K2tog, yo, K2tog, K1.

15th row: As 3rd row.

16th row: Slip 1, K5, K2tog, K1.

17th row: Yo, K2tog, K5, K2tog, turn.

Continue as on rows 2-17 inclusive until all border sts have been worked off. Cast off loosely.

Chart for knitted baby shawl

To Make Up

Using a flat seam sew edges together to form circle, taking care not to tighten up when working seam. Press seam. Roll Shawl in a damp towel for several hours, then spread out flat in a circle to given measurement, pin each point out separately with rustless pins and leave until dry.

The original version of this pattern is in the public domain, however this digital version and all charts are copyright Sarah Bradberry, May 19th 2012. All rights reserved.

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  1. Joanna

    Hi I love this blanket, I’m just getting to the boarder, but I think my knitting needles aren’t going to be long enough to fit all the stitches on, have you got any tips please! Thanks, I’m not a very experienced knitter xx

  2. Yvonne

    I had the same problem so purchased circular needles I found Addi brand 80 cm length the best. Also once I got halfway round the border changed to straight needles made it easier to manage.

    • Sarah Bradberry

      Row 1 is the increase row. There are yarn overs but no decreases in that row. It creates enough extra stitches to let the lace section flare out the little bit that it needs to.


    I am so glad I came across your website and specially this very dear pattern. I have been knitting this shawl for so many family members. First one was in 1968 for my cousin’s baby. Then I have done nephews and niece. Then for the next 3rd generation of my family. I have also done a few for special friends. I did one and was completing it when I found out she was having twins so I only had 2 months to complete a second one. There is a nice story to this pattern, Queen Elizabeth II of England had one knitted for her when she was born. Also in Ballarat Mining Village Museum near Melbourne they had a Victorian shop and there was one there which I took it the pattern is from Victorian times. Such a beautiful lacy shawl. The people I have knitted them for still have it to this day. The first one I did for a 2nd cousin, she used it some 28 years later for her three children. Thank you for the pattern as I have lost mine and have to do another one.

  4. Danielle Smith

    Hi Sarah, I have had the same problem as Jane above. Does that mean that you should be turning on every row instead of every second row? Because row 1 uses the 8 stitches that you cast on. However if you then turn, as instructed, you run out of stitches on row 2. The pattern then tells you to do row 3 (without turning), which doesn’t work because then you start knitting in the round.

    I have gotten as far as the lace boarder and am really stuck, it has taken me quite a while to get to this point so I don’t want to give up. Any help would be appreciated.

    Many thanks.

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