Static Lines by Emily Wood

Static Lines by Emily Wood

Beyond the Pattern

This shawl combines two of my favorite things: lace and cables. The cables are suspended within a mesh fabric that reminds me alternately of static or perhaps vines growing on a trellis. The cable and lace border travels across the shawl in a crescent shape, with a garter stitch body anchoring it at the center. One of the great things about working a crescent shawl from tip to tip is that it makes it easy to keep track of how much yarn to reserve for the second half.


One size

Finished Measurements

Wingspan: 67.5”
Depth: 14.5”


Neighborhood Fiber Co. CAPITAL LUXURY SPORT (375yds/343m, 113g/4oz, 80% Organic Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% Silk): 2 skeins Hollins Market
Size 4 (3.5mm) 24” (60 cm) circular needle or size needed to obtain gauge
Cable needle
Stitch marker
Tapestry needle


In Garter st, 23 sts & 35 rows = 4”/10cm. To save time, take time to check the gauge.
The cable and lace border measures approx 7” wide after blocking.


3/3 RC—Sl 3 sts to cn and hold in back, k3, then k3 from cn.

Stitch Patterns

See Charts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.

Special Techniques

Wrap-and-Turn Short Rows

Take the yarn to the right side of work, sl next st pwise, turn work, take the working yarn to the wrong side, sl the st pwise again, then cont in pat.

Construction Notes

This crescent shawl is worked sideways from one tip to the opposite tip. The shawl’s depth grows because of increases along the top edge of the lace and cable border and then shrinks in the second half of the shawl with mirrored decreases.

Once the lace and cable border is established, short rows using the wrap-and-turn method help craft the crescent shape. The wraps are disguised at the edge of the garter main body in Charts 2–4.

The length of the shawl can easily be modified by adding or subtracting repeats of Charts 2 and 4, although remember that the number of repeats of Charts 2 and 4 must be equal. Adjusting the length of the shawl will affect the amount of yarn needed.


CO 3 sts.
Knit one row.

Work Rows 1–94 of Chart 1—49 sts.

Work Rows 1–32 of Chart 2 six times. Each rep adds 6 sts to the total st count—85 sts.

DESIGNER NOTE—On Row 1 of the first repeat of Chart 2, place a stitch marker after the ninth stitch and slip the marker each following row. Work each M1L before slipping this marker to divide the garter body from the lace and cable border.

TECHNICAL TIPS—Short rows using the wrap-and-turn method help to create the curve of the crescent. On Rows 6 and 22 of Charts 2 and 4, work to the stitch marker, slip the marker, then wrap and turn the next stitch, slip the marker again, and work back across the right side of the cable and lace border to the end of Rows 7 and 23. Rows 8 and 24 are complete wrong-side rows. Because the wraps occur in garter stitch, it isn’t necessary to pick them up when working the stitch.

Work Rows 1–32 of Chart 3 once.

Work Rows 1–32 of Chart 4 six times. Each rep decreases the total st count by 6 sts—49 sts.

DESIGNER NOTE—Remove the stitch marker after working Chart 4 for the last time.

Work Rows 1–93 of Chart 5 once—3 sts.

BO with a k3tog. Break the yarn and draw the tail through the loop.


Weave in ends and block shawl to measurements using blocking wires and pins if you have them.

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