Saturday, 13 March 2021

Old Shale Lace Baby Blanket

 Old Shale Lace Baby Blanket                        

’Old Shale’ is a traditional Shetland lace knitting pattern ~ it was probably originally called ‘Old Shell’.

It gives a pretty, light, lacy effect - no wonder it is used so much used for baby garments.

I have previously used this stitch for a sweet baby top and a baby hat.

 A member of my facebook group wanted a matching blanket to complete a baby set, so set to and knitted this one. She did a great job!  It is a lovely blanket. 

Old Shale Lace Baby Blanket

Old Shale Lace Baby Blanket

Knitted by  Elaine Hall



22sts = 4” (10cm)



DK yarn, less than 100g for the smallest size

4mm needles  



Width ~

For a doll / small preemie baby blanket of 16”                  Cast on 87sts

For a preemie baby blanket of 20”                                   Cast on 109sts

For a newborn baby blanket of 24”                                   Cast on 131sts

For a baby blanket of around 28”                                      Cast on 153sts


Length ~ adjustable



Using 4mm needles and DK yarn cast on 153sts or the number of stitches suggested above for the size you wish to make


Knit 7 rows

8th Row:      S1, k4, purl to last 5sts, k5


9th Row:  S1, k4, *K2tog, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, yo, k2tog, k2tog, repeat from * to last 5sts, k5

10th Row:  S1, knit to end

11th Row:  S1, knit to end

12th Row:  S1, k4, purl to last 5sts, k5

The last 4 rows form the pattern.

Repeat the last 4 rows until your blanket is the length you require ( I usually make my blankets the same length, or a few inches longer, than the width)


Knit 7 rows

Cast off

Darn away ends

Elaine used 4 x 100g of B & M yarn for her beautiful blanket
(28" wide) 

You will find my matching Old Shale Lace Baby Top here ~

Old Shale Lace Baby Top

And my matching Old Shale Lace Baby Hat here ~

Old Shale Lace Baby Hats

I am happy for you to use my patterns for your own use or for charity donations.  
In addition:  You can gift or sell any finished items you make from my patterns.    

However, please do not copy my patterns

This pattern (the information and photos) may not be copied or reproduced
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  1. Such a beautiful pattern that can be used on many items. Gorgeous. x

  2. I loved the pattern and the combined colours of the wool