Knitting is so timeless it sometimes seems to blur into nature, its existence as mysterious and awesome as a spider web or a fern frond. Our Seashell Lace Wrap embodies this ambiguity, half cultural phenomenon, half natural wonder!

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This stitch pattern was immortalized by knitting’s own natural wonder, Barbara Walker. A great chronicler of the marvels of knits and purls, she dubbed this stitch the Seven-Rib Shell, a name that embraces knitting’s engineering along with its inspiration.

Seashell Lace Wrap | Purl Soho

Not necessarily a pattern for beginners or for the times you hardly want to think, the Seashell Lace Wrap is a wonderfully mindful knit, requiring enough attention that your focus remains on the beauty at hand.

Seashell Lace Wrap | Purl Soho

For our version, we used our gorgeous mohair-silk Tussock. Its soft edges lend a dreamy quality, while its delicacy brings an ethereal beauty… A stunning choice in every way.

Seashell Lace Wrap | Purl Soho

This straight-from-the-ocean color is our Blue Fjord. Light-filled and nuanced, it is a perfectly balanced blue with a ton of heart. Choose it or any color from Tussock’s beautiful palette and fabricate a little nature!

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Designed for Purl Soho by Jake Canton.

Materials

Seashell Lace Wrap | Purl Soho
  • 4 skeins of Purl Soho’s Tussock, 60% super fine kid mohair and 40% silk. Each skein is 328 yards/ 25 grams; approximately 1,312 total yards required. We used the color Blue Fjord.
  • US 4 straight or 24-inch circular needles

Gauge

26 stitches and 37 rows = 4 inches in stitch pattern

Size

Finished Dimensions: Approximately 18 inches wide x 72 inches long

Notes

Stitch Multiple

The stitch multiple for the cast on is 29 + 3 stitches.

Stitch Count

The stitch count changes throughout this pattern. To check that you’re on track, count after Rows 14 and 28. You should have 119 stitches. After Rows 13 and 27, you should have 155 stitches.

DEC4 (Decrease 4)

Right Slanting: Pass the second stitch on the left needle over the first stitch on the left needle as you would to bind off, repeat this step with the following 2 stitches on the left needle, knit the stitch on the left needle as usual. [3 stitches decreased]

Left Slanting: Slip 4 stitches purlwise with yarn in back from the left needle to the right needle, pass the second stitch on the right needle over the first stitch on the right needle as you would to bind off, repeat this step with the following 2 stitches on the right needle. Slip the first stitch on the right needle back onto the left needle and knit it.  [3 stitches decreased]

DEC7 (Decrease 7)

Slip 4 stitches purlwise with yarn in back from the left needle to the right needle, pass the second stitch on the right needle over the first stitch as you would to bind off. Slip the stitch back to the left needle and pass the second stitch on the left needle over the first. Repeat, slipping the stitch between the left and right needle and passing a stich over until 6 stitches have been bound off, the stitch should be on the left needle. Knit the stitch. [6 stitches decreased]

Pattern

Cast on 119 stitches. We used a basic Long Tail Cast On.

Set-Up Row (wrong side): Purl to end of row.

Repeat Rows 1-28 from either the Written Instructions or Chart, below, until piece measures 72 inches from cast-on edge, ending with Row 28. Then go on to the Finishing section at the end of the pattern.

Written Instructions 

Row 1 (right side): K2, (p2, k1) 3 times, *yarn over (yo), p10, yo, (k1, p2) 6 times, k1, repeat from * to last 21 stitches, yo, p10, yo, (k1, p2) 3 times, k2.

Row 2 (wrong side): P2, (k2, p1) 3 times, p1, k10, p1, *p1, (k2, p1) 6 times, p1, k10, p1, repeat from * to last 11 stitches, (p1, k2) 3 times, p2.

Row 3: K2, (p2, k1) 3 times, *yo, p12, yo, (k1, p2) 6 times, k1, repeat from * to last 23 stitches, yo, p12, yo, (k1, p2) 3 times, k2.

Row 4: P2, (k2, p1) 3 times, p1, k12, p1, *p1, (k2, p1) 6 times, p1, k12, p1, repeat from * to last 11 stitches, (p1, k2) three times, p2.

Row 5: K2, (p2tog, k1) 3 times, *(yo, p7) 2 times, yo, (k1, p2tog) 6 times, k1, repeat from * to last 25 stitches, (yo, p7) 2 times, yo, (k1, p2tog) 3 times, k2.

Row 6: P2, (k1, p1) 3 times, (p1, k7) 2 times, p1, *p1, (k1, p1) 6 times, (p1, k7) 2 times, p1, repeat from * to last 8 stitches, p1, (k1, p1) 3 times, p1.

Row 7: K2, (p1, k1) 3 times, *yo, p6, yo, p2, k1, p2, yo, p6, yo, (k1, p1) 6 times, k1, repeat from * to last 25 stitches, yo, p6, yo, p2, k1, p2, yo, p6, yo, (k1, p1) 3 times, k2.

Row 8: P2, (k1, p1) 3 times, p1, k6, (p1, k2) 2 times, p1, k6, p1, *(p1, k1) 6 times, p2, k6, (p1, k2) 2 times, p1, k6, p1, repeat from * to last 8 stitches, (p1, k1) 3 times, p2..

Row 9: K2, (p1, k1) 3 times, *yo, p5, yo, (p2, k1) 3 times, p2, yo, p5, yo, (k1, p1) 6 times, k1, repeat from * to last 29 stitches, yo, p5, yo, (p2, k1) 3 times, p2, yo, p5, yo, (k1, p1) 3 times, k2.

Row 10: P2, (k1, p1) 3 times, p1, k5, (p1, k2) 4 times, p1, k5, p1, *(p1, k1) 6 times, p2, k5, (p1, k2) 4 times, p1, k5, p1, repeat from * to last 8 stitches, (p1, k1) 3 times, p2.

Row 11: K2, k2tog 3 times, *p4, yo, (p2, k1) 5 times, p2, yo, p4, ssk 3  times, k1, k2tog 3 times, repeat from * to last 33 stitches, p4, yo, (p2, k1) 5 times, p2, yo, p4, ssk 3 times, k2.

Row 12: P5, k4, (p1, k2) 6 times, p1, k4, *p7, k4, (p1, k2) 6 times, p1, k4, repeat from * to last 5 stitches, p5.

Row 13: K1, DEC4 Right Slanting (see Notes), *p4, yo, (k1, p2) 6 times, k1, yo, p4, DEC7 (see Notes), repeat from * to last 32 stitches, p4, yo, (k1, p2) 6 times, k1, yo, p4, DEC4 Left Slanting (see Notes), k1.

Row 14: P1, *k2tog, k3, p2, (k2, p1) 6 times, p1, k4, repeat from * to last 30 stitches, k2tog, k3, p2, (k2, p1) 6 times, p1, k3, k2tog, p1. [119 stitches]

Row 15: K1, *p5, yo, (k1, p2) 6 times, k1, yo, p5, repeat from * to last 30 stitches, p5, yo, (k1, p2) 6 times, k1, yo, p5, k1.

Row 16: P1, *k5, p2, (k2, p1) 6 times, p1, k5, repeat from * to last stitch, p1.

Row 17: K1 *p6, yo, (k1, p2) 6 times, k1, yo, p6, repeat from * to last stitch, k1.

Row 18: P1, *k6, p2, (k2, p1) 6 times, p1, k6, repeat from * to last stitch, p1.

Row 19: K1, yo, p7, *yo, (k1, p2tog) 6 times, k1, (yo, p7) 2 times, repeat from * to last 27 stitches, yo, (k1, p2tog) 6 times, k1, yo, p7, yo, k1.

Row 20: P2, k7, p2, (k1, p1) 6 times, p1, *k7, p1, k7, p2, (k1, p1) 6 times, p1, repeat from * to last 9 stitches, k7, p2.

Row 21: K2, p2, yo, p5, *p1, yo, (k1, p1) 6 times, k1, yo, p6, yo, p2, k1, p2, yo, p5, repeat from * to last 24 stitches, p1, yo, (k1, p1) 6 times, k1, yo, p6, yo, p2, k2.

Row 22: P2, k2, p1, k6, p2, (k1, p1) 6 times, p1, k1, *k5, p1, (k2, p1) 2 times, k6, p2, (k1, p1) 6 times, p1, k1, repeat from * to last 10 stitches, k5, p1, k2, p2.

Row 23: K2, p2, k1, p2, yo, p2, *p3, yo, (k1, p1) 6 times, k1, yo, p5, yo, (p2, k1) 3 times, p2, yo, p2, repeat from * to last 28 stitches, p3, yo, (k1, p1) 6 times, k1, yo, p5, yo, p2, k1, p2. k2.

Row 24: P2, (k2, p1) 2 times, k5, p2, (k1, p1) 6 times, p1, k3, *(k2, p1) 5 times, k5, p2, (k1, p1) 6 times, p1, k3, repeat from * to last 10 stitches, (k2, p1) 3 times, p1.

Row 25: K2, (p2, k1) 2 times, p2, *yo, p4, ssk 3 times, k1, k2tog 3 times, p4, yo, (p2, k1) 5 times, p2, repeat from * to last 31 stitches, yo, p4, ssk 3 times, k1, k2tog 3 times, p4, yo, (p2, k1) 3 times, k1.

Row 26: P2, (k2, p1) 3 times, k4, p7, k4, p1, *(k2, p1) 6 times, k4, p7, k4, p1, repeat from * to last 10 stitches, (k2, p1) 3 times, p1.

Row 27: K2, (p2, k1) 3 times, *yo, p4, DEC7, p4, yo, (k1, p2) 6 times, k1, repeat from * to last 26 stitches, yo, p4, DEC7, p4, yo, (k1, p2) 3 times, k2.

Row 28: P2, (k2, p1) 3 times, p1, k4, k2tog, k3, p1, *p1, (k2, p1) 6 times, p1, k4, k2tog, k3, p1, repeat from * to last 11 stitches, p1, (k2, p1) 3 times, p1. [119 stitches]

Chart

NOTE: Begin this chart in the bottom right corner. Right-side rows are odd numbered and read right to left. Wrong-side rows are even numbered and read left to right. Work your way up the chart to the top line.

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Update: Chart + Key Modified on July 31, 2020

Chart: On Row 14 end repeat with k3.

Key: For the knit 2 together on the wrong side symbol, you need to purl 2 together on the right side.

Finishing

With the right side facing you, bind off knitwise.

Weave in the ends and wet block to finish!

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