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A few weeks ago, I saw a crocheted lampshade in a design magazine, and started thinking about knitting one. I originally thought of knitting it in the round, with frequent increases, but it didn't go well.

Trying to see how the light would look shining through the stitches, I wrapped Blue Collar (from Scarf Style, designed by Teva Durham) around my lampshade (yes, my boyfriend does think I'm crazy), and realized I could shape the shade by short rowing instead of increasing.

Essentially, you'll be doing 2 things at once: working a cable at the beginning and end of each row, and working short rows. The cables continue through the short rows, so the two cables won't necessarily cross in the same row, after the first repeat. However, you should learn fairly fast how to tell when it's time to cross, based on the distance from the last cross.

photos: Rebecca Hatcher

To fit a conical shade with dimensions given below.

Upper circumference: 13 inches
Lower circumference: 31 inches
Height: 7 inches



Lily Sugar'n Cream Cotton Yarn [100% cotton; 120 yd/110 m per 71g skein]; color: Cornflower Blue; 2 skeins

1 set US #8/5 mm straight needles
Tapestry needle
Cable needle
Stitch markers
Conical lampshade, size as given above


22 sts = 4" in stockinette stitch


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

Cable Pattern (Worked over 4 sts):
Row 1 [RS]: K all sts.
Rows 2 and 4 [WS]: P all sts.
Row 3 [RS]: Sl 2 sts to cn and hold to front of work, k2, k2 from cn.

These 4 rows form Cable Pattern.

Note: When working Short Rows, you will be wrapping stitches at the points where the work is turned. On subsequent rows, when you encounter one of these wraps, pick it up and place it on the left-hand needle, then knit it together with the stitch you are knitting.



CO 38 sts.
Set-up row
[WS]: Sl 1 place marker, p4, place marker, p28, place marker, p4, place marker, p1.

Begin cable pattern
Row 1 [RS]: Sl 1, k to end.
Row 2 and 4 [WS]: Sl 1, p to end.
Row 3 [RS]: Sl 1, work Row 3 of Cable Pattern,
K 28, work Row 3 of Cable Pattern, k1.

*Short-Row Section
Note: When working the following sections, continue to work the Cable Pattern as set, between the markers at each end of the work.
Row 1 [RS]: Sl 1, k9, w&t.
Row 2 and all [WS] Rows: P to end.
Row 3 [RS]: Sl 1, k18, w&t.
Row 5 [RS]: Sl 1, K27, w&t.
Row 7 [RS]: Sl 1, K18, w&t.
Row 9 [RS]: Sl 1, K9, w&t.

Section 1 [even]
Work 6 rows even across all sts, in patt as set.

Repeat Short-Rowed Section.

Section 2 [even]
Work 8 rows even across all sts, in patt as set.**
Repeat from * to ** until shade measures 13 inches along short edge and 31 inches along long edge when slightly stretched, ending with any WS row of an even section.
Cut yarn, leaving a one-yard tail.
Leave live sts on needle.


Graft live sts to CO row using Kitchener stitch.
(If you do not wish to graft, BO all sts and sew edges together.)
Weave in ends, block and slide cover over lampshade. The elasticity of the knitted fabric will hold the shade in place.



Trained as an archivist, Rebecca likes to think of her stash as a processing backlog.