Umbel is comfortable, elegant and easy to wear, warm but not overwhelming - perfect!

About Umbel:

Umbel is a stunning asymmetric lace shawl using traditional lace motifs. Like all the patterns from my new book, Evolution, this design is inspired by The Vintage Shetland Project. The shawl begins with just 3 stitches at its narrowest point and is worked from there as an asymmetric triangle with increases worked on every right side row at one edge only. A garter stitch border is worked at either edge at the same time, removing any need to knit a border once the body of the shawl is completed. The main body of the shawl uses a simple 4-row lace motif then once the required number of stitches have been reached, the decorative lace sections are each worked in turn, creating an eye-catching shawl which is surprisingly easy to knit. All the individual sections of the pattern have both charted and written instructions to choose from and all partial pattern repeats are included. All wrong side rows are purled - so no lace stitches on the wrong side of the work to worry about. Knitted on 5mm (US 8) needles, it also knits up very quickly.


Umbel is knitted in Excelana 4 Ply in the subtle yet rich shade of Agapanthus. Excelana is perfect for lace knitting, creating a soft but defined fabric with drape but enough structure to be accurately blocked and which also ensures it will hold its shape and size - like all good Shetland shawls.


Please note the patterns from the collection are not available to purchase separately but are part of the Evolution book (plus e-book)



Susan Crawford Excelana 4 Ply, 100% British wool (159m/174yds per 50g skein)

5 skeins, shade Agapanthus (Actual meterage required - 716m)


Suggested needles:

5mm (US 8) circular needle (80-100cm in length)



Stitch markers



Following a chart


Knitting Lace



Yarn kits are also available offering a considerable discount on purchasing the yarn separately.

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