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No cooking skills needed.  A good omelet is notoriously difficult to make. It should be light and fluffy and requires years of culinary school, special equipment, and at least six hands to achieve. 

This Omelet, however, only requires that yummy lace weight yarn that you’ve been drooling over. You know the one. It’s been calling your name and whispering promises of a cozy shawl for a while now. An Omelet shawl will add fiber to your diet as well as feed your lace cravings. Light, but warm, it is great for chilly spring days or arctic summer air conditioning. Adjustable in size, it can feed nearly any appetite. An Omelet can be made with a few simple ingredients (silk/wool) or with a delicious blend of many ingredients.

Omelet is a half circle shawl with a garter stitch border that is knit from center back to the bottom edge. Yarnovers at each end and between panels are used to form the shape. Increases are worked every four rows on right side only. 

spacer model: Annie Apken spacer photos: Joyce Fassbender, Perri Volz


Width: 62 inches
Length at center: 26 inches
Note: Measurements taken after blocking.



spacer Jaggerspun Zephyr Lace Weight [50% merino, 50% silk; 560yds/512m per 50g skein]; color: Daffodil; 2 skeins

Recommended needle size
[always use a needle size that gives you the gauge listed below -- every knitter's gauge is unique]
spacer US #3/3.25mm circular needle, 24 inches or longer

spacer Yarn needle
spacer Stitch markers



24 sts/ 32 rows = 4" in pattern stitch, after blocking
Note: Gauge is not critical for this project.


[Knitty's list of standard abbreviations and techniques can be found here.]

This project uses a provisional cast on. Use your preferred provisional cast on technique; directions for one technique may be found here.

S2KP: Slip next 2 sts together, knitwise, as if to work a k2tog. Knit next st, then pass both slipped sts together over st just knit. This forms a centered double decrease.

Information about blocking can be found here and here.

The charts for this pattern are very large. Each fits on a letter-sized page.
Click below and print each resulting page.

chart a/b/cchart d/e

Using provisional cast on, CO 3 sts.
K 14 rows.

At end of last row, turn work 90 degrees clockwise and pick up and k 7 sts along one long edge of work – this will be 1 st in each garter st ridge along edge. Remove waste yarn from CO edge, placing resulting 3 live sts on left needle; k these sts. 13 sts.

Next Row [WS]: K3, p7, k3.

Establish Chart Pattern:
Set-up Row [RS]: K3, place marker, *work Row 1 of Chart A, place marker, k1, place marker; repeat from * twice more, work Row 1 of Chart A, place marker, k3. 21 sts.

Next Row (Row 2 of Chart A)
[WS]: K3, p to last 3 sts, k3.
Eight markers have been placed. These markers divide the shawl into four sections, each section separated from the next by a single knit stitch. First and last 3 sts are worked in garter st.

When working from charts as instructed below, work as follows:
RS rows: K3, slip marker, [work chart row, slip marker, k1, slip marker] three times, work chart row, slip marker, k3.
WS rows: K3, p to last 3 sts, k3.

Work Rows 3-36 of Chart A. 85 sts.

Work Rows 1-20 of Chart B four times, then work Rows 1-10 once more. 269 sts.

Note: To increase or decrease size of shawl, work more or fewer repeats of Chart B. Be sure to work Rows 1-20 an even number of times before working Rows 1-10 once more.

Work Rows 1-10 of Chart C. 285 sts.
Work Rows 1-20 of Chart D. 325 sts.
Work Rows 1-34 of Chart E. 397 sts.
BO Row [RS]: K2tog, *sl st from right needle to left needle, k2tog tbl; repeat from * until all sts have been bound off.

Weave in ends and block, pinning out points along BO edge.


Joyce Fassbender is a PhD student in Biology in New York City. She was sad to discover that the beetles she studies don’t have any fiber to spin. When she’s not obsessing over bugs, she’s obsessing over shawls.

Her musings and brain droppings can be found on her blog. You can find more of her designs under HaciMade Knits on Ravelry.