Your Perfect Project: High Sierra Shawl

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Reminiscent of the peaks of the Sierra Mountains, this gorgeous shawl shifts colors and lace patterns as you move from section to section. It may look like a lot of lace, but the patterns repeat and build on each other, so you start simple and gradually get more complex. Plus, designer Romi Hill shares all her tips and tricks for knitting lace along the way, so you really can't go wrong.

High Sierra Shawl

Level: Intermediate
Size: One Size

What You Need

  • PDF pattern (available when you start your free trial )
  • 1 Cloudborn Merino Superwash Sock Twist Mini Set (includes 5 colors, approx 575 yds)
  • 1 hank Cloudborn Merino Superwash Sock Twist (approx 467 yds)
  • US 4 (3.5 mm) circular knitting needle , 36 in or longer; or size needed to obtain gauge
  • US 7 (4.5mm) DPN for reverse ss i-cord bind-off Stitch markers
  • Tapestry needle
  • T-pins and blocking wires

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18 sts/32 rows = 4 inches in garter st, after blocking.
Every knitter's gauge is different; please check gauge! Exact gauge is not important. However, a looser gauge will result in the use of more yardage.

Finished Size

  • Width, tip to tip: 88 inches after blocking
  • Depth: 39 inches after blocking


From SSK to yo, learn how to knit all the stitches you'll need.


Charts are presented with corresponding written instructions. When a chart is named in the instructions, knitter may choose their preferred format.


Knit the Center Lace Triangle

1. Cast on at the bottom point of your triangle, starting with just a few stitches. Then begin knitting the lace, working from Charts A, B, and C. Each row starts with a YO, which will help you pick up stitches around the edge of the triangle later on.

2. Bind off the top of the triangle using a reverse stockinette i-cord.

3. Begin picking up stitches along the edge of your triangle, working into the YO increases at the beginning of each row. Place a marker at the center point, and continue picking up stitches along the adjacent edge.

4. Work the first garter stripe section.

Tackle Modular Lace and More Stripes

Lace and modular knitting may sound intimidating, but they're actually really simple. Learn how to work the second section of your shawl, then add lace and stripes. You'll see the peaks of your High Sierra shawl start to take shape!

5. The first modular lace section is worked flat over half your shawl stitches. Work Chart D over the first 102 stitches.

6. Once your lace chart is done, work Striped Section 2 across all the shawl stitches.

More Modular Lace

7. The next modular lace section is worked on the other half of your shawl. Work Chart E over 132 sts.

Good to Know

Chart E should look pretty familiar — it’s just a smaller chunk of the lace pattern from Chart D.

8. Time for more stripes! Work Striped Section 3 across all the shawl stitches.

9. Now it’s time to work a new lace pattern. Work Chart F over the first 153 sts, leaving the remaining 154 sts on the needle to be used later.

10. End this part of the shawl with more striped rows across all the shawl stitches.


11. Knit the final lace section from Chart E.

12. Plan out and knit your final stripe rows, based on how much yarn you have left.

13. Bind off, using the stretchy bind off (this will allow your shawl to grow as you block it).

14. Use blocking wires to block your shawl. When thoroughly dry, unpin the shawl and weave in your ends.

Pro Tip

Weave in your ends as the final step — that way, they won’t pop out when you stretch your shawl during blocking.

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From the High Sierra Shawl Knit-Along with Romi Hill

May 07, 2019
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