Seaspray is an elegant half pi lace shawl that's fun to work. Make this beautiful heirloom project a part of your handmade wardrobe!
I live just a short walk away from a park that’s right on the water. There’s a sweet beach, forested paths, and a striking rocky shoreline that gets strong, crashing waves coming in. I’m always mesmerized by the colour and drama of the sea, and amazed that I get to live so close to such an impressive place. I named this shawl Seaspray thinking of my walks along the boulders.
Seaspray is worked top-down, starting with a classic garter tab. Clever half-pi construction means you only have to increase periodically, so there's no shaping in lace. Intuitive lace patterns give enormous drama while being fun to make. (Read more about how half pi shawls work.) After completing the body of the shawl, the wavy edging is joined to live shawl body stitches while it's worked.
I used Sincere Sheep Diaphanous, a gorgeous draping lace weight wool/silk blend, in the colour Aegean. I recommend a yarn that's light and lofty. Wool content will allow it to block out crisply, opening up that lace pattern. For drape and shine, you could choose a blend that includes silk or alpaca.
I love the idea of wearing this as a bridal shawl in soft white, or keeping it for special occasions in the spring. But I'm a big fan of wearing fancy lace with less fancy outfits, so you'll definitely see me sporting this with a pullover and jeans on my walks to the park.
Find that special skein of lace weight and dive in for a fun project with stunning results! Get the pattern here on my website or over on Ravelry if you'd like to keep it in your Rav library.
Lace patterns are charted and written.
Wingspan: 49 in/124.5 cm
Depth at Center: 21.5 in/54.5 cm
1100 yd/1006 m lace weight yarn
Shown in Sincere Sheep Diaphanous (80% Merino wool, 20% Tussah silk; 1100 yd/1006 m per 113 g skein); Color: Aegean, 1 skein
Gauge measurement should be taken after blocking.
26 sts/50 rows = 4 in/10 cm in Sun Rays Lace
Needles & Notions
Needle Sizes are recommendations only. Always use needle size necessary to obtain gauge.
Suggested Size US 0/2 mm needle
Project is worked flat, but a circular needle 40 in/100 cm or longer may be helpful for managing a large number of stitches.
stitch markers (standard and removable)
blocking wires, pins, and pinnable surface
smooth contrasting yarn for life lines (optional)
garter tab (instructions given in pattern), picking up stitches, working lace from charted or written instructions (both included in pattern)