Sharbella Shawl

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“Sharbella” means “beautiful scarf” in Italian, and that’s exactly what this is! Elegant and pretty, with gentle shaping and lace trim along one side. The sport-weight yarn makes this a good lace project for knitters who have never tried knitting lace before, and the video tutorial walks you through the tricky parts and gives guidance for making this stress-free lace knitting.

55” long x 18” deep at midpoint
Yarn: 2 hanks Louet Gems Sport Weight, 100% Merino Wool
Needles: US 6 (4mm) knitting needles, circulars or straights
Notions: stitch markers, tapestry needle
Gauge: 20 sts x 28 rows = 4” in stockinette before blocking, 18 sts x 22 rows = 4” in stockinette after blocking. Note: Gauge is not essential for this pattern, but differences in gauge will affect the overall size of your shawl and the amount of yarn required.

The Sharbella pattern is free with purchase of two hanks of Gems Sport, 100% Merino machine washable wool yarn, using the coupon code VPGEMS (all caps).

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More info is available on the Sharbella Ravelry page – be sure to like and queue!

from mari lg

The color I used for my finished shawl is Brick Red. The color I used for demonstration in the video is Marine Blue. The shawl on the model above is in Anglefish Blue.

Be sure to check out Mari’s other designs on Ravelry.

The needles I used for demonstration are Knitter’s Pride Bamboo Double-Pointed needles, and Knitter’s Pride Dreams from an interchangeable set.

The nail polish I’m wearing is by Julep, color “Linnea”.

My silver ring is actually a knitting needle gauge, and can be found here.

I got my stitch markers here.

(If you have any issues with the coupon code, please contact Louet, they have excellent customer service.)

19 comments on “Sharbella Shawl

  1. My first thought was this reminds me of the Saroyan scarf which was my first lace project. Man, I sat here watching repeats of you over and over! But it was a breeze thanks to you. I love this new pattern and I like the lace part a lot! Thank you!

  2. I like that this Louet yarn is Sport Weight and therefore thicker, and I love the Sharbella pattern.

    Previously, I ordered the Colinton Lace Australian Kid Mohair for the Delicate Brambles pattern, and it is so thin and fine that I can not knit with it. I spent $38.00 for 1 hank of yarn, and I can not use it. I even tried to give it to a member of my knitting group, but no one wanted just one hank.

    I will love this yarn and pattern. I am making for myself, after my Christmas project are finished. It will be my New Year’s project!

  3. How can I purchase the pattern without purchasing the yarn? I’m allergic to all animal fibers and therefore do not wish to purchase the yarn in order to get the pattern for free.

  4. I recently picked up knitting again and I have been watching your video tutorials over and over. They are incredibly helpful and so easy to follow. Thank you! I plan to knit one or two of these shawls for my mom & my in-law 🙂 Thanks again Staci. Looking forward to more fun tutorials and patterns from you in the new year!

  5. l ‘ d like to know in which color you knitted your red shawl. Thank you for your great support

  6. I am almost finished knitting this shawl, but it is doubtful I will have enough yarn. I just noticed the instructions that came with thr yarn say there are 225 yards per 100 gram skein in the Gems sport weight, but the yarn they sent me says it is Gems light/worsted weight and 175 yards per 100 gram skein. I think I will be sending them an email.

  7. I just knit this by your recommendation and it’s great! I have a question, though…
    It states to block the garter edge straight, which is the side that the increases/decreases are. It seems like that may be difficult to do. Is it? I’ve never blocked a project like this so I want to make sure that I understand correctly. The garter edge is going to be a completely straight line, right, and I just tug on the increase/decrease ends so it’s in line with the non-increased/decreased section? I hope that makes sense. Thanks, Staci. 🙂

  8. Carrie – the garter stitch edge does block straight, and the opposite side forms an arc. The arc is narrow on each end, and expands to the full width at the half-way point (half the length of the shawl). The shawl will naturally form this shape.

    S t a c i

  9. I think of you every time I pick up this piece, meaning to comment, so I need to go on and do it and get you more out of my head. I’m 68, recovering from car/bicycle accident, 20 broken bones, 16 pints blood, lacerated liver, survival “extremely unlikely.” The goal while recovering: learn to knit. Really knit, a lifelong wish. So here I am knitting this shawl. OMG I CAN DO LACE!!! Thank you so much; you have made this recovery period enjoyable, worthwhile, personally satisfying, and educational. The light at the end of the tunnel shines brightly. I’m so grateful.

  10. I’m just about 50% done with this shawl and I’m going to be adding the second ball of yarn, but I’m wondering where I should start it (garter stitch edge would be my guess) and if a Russian join would be good or will that show too much with this yarn? What did you do?

  11. Thank you so much for your videos, Staci. They’ve been so helpful. Your presentation is great too.
    I just made this Sharbella shawl and it was pretty easy — thanks in part to those lifelines! As an advanced beginner, I have yet to make something “perfect,” if there is such a thing, and this piece is no exception. While I was blocking this morning, I noticed a dropped stitch. Arrrrrgggghhhh. I guess I will just have to make a knot and somehow attach it in the direction that it’s suppose to go. Any suggestions on how to fix a dropped stitch in lace, would be welcome. Here’s a link to a couple photos on dropbox.

  12. I love your tutes and always look for you anytime I have a question on how to do something.

    I’m wondering why you pulled the life line after recovering your stitches, shouldn’t that have waited until you completed the next 16 rows?

  13. Brenda – yes, it is best to keep the lifelines in until (at least) you pull the next one through. I wanted to demonstrate pulling one out for the tutorial.
    S t a c i

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