“Byke” is an old Scots word for a bee-hive and the hexagonal stitch patterns in the Bee-Byke Shawl, inspired by traditional Shetland lace stitches, reflect the differently-sized worker and drone sections of a honeycomb.

Bee-Byke is a top-down triangular shawl combining two garter stitch lace patterns and a garter stitch lace edging, which is knitted on after the body of the shawl is complete. Lace patterning on both right- and wrong-side rows combined with easily memorisable repeats make this an intermediate level pattern.


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Finished measurements

Wingspan: approx. 165cm/65” Depth: approx. 80cm/31½”

The size of the shawl can easily be adapted by working more or fewer repeats of the Body lace patterns.


18 stitches × 36 rows = 10cm/4” in blocked garter stitch.


800m/872yds of laceweight yarn.

Suggested yarn:
  • Eden Cottage Titus Lace: [75% superwash merino, 25% mulberry silk; 800m/872yds per 100g skein]; colour: Marigold; 1 skein

3.25mm (US 3) circular needle (or size needed to obtain desired gauge)

One 3.25mm (US 3) double-pointed needle (or size needed to obtain desired gauge)

At least two stitch markers

Tapestry needle