De Lacaille

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De Lacaille

  • Craft: Knit
  • Free/Paid: Paid
  • Yarn Weight: Dk
  • Yarn Base: Sparkle Dk
  • Yardage: 800+
  • Project Type: Shawls/Wraps
  • Difficulty: Adventurous Beginner
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20" x 80" (51 x 204 cm)


Expression Fiber Arts Sparkle DK Yarn

Shown in color: Elegant Hues Kit

Total yards used for this sample: approximately 844 yds (218 yds Color A, 211 yds Color B, 214 yds Color C, 201 yds Color D).

If those colors aren't available, any from this category will work.


US size 7 (4.5 mm) needles or size needed to obtain gauge

Any size that is appropriate for the yarn selected. Refer to the tag/label for the recommended sizes. 


Adventurous Beginner: For those knitters who are ready to learn some new skills or stitch combinations. Skills/concepts include: eyelets made of yarn overs and slip-knit-pass slipped stitch over.

Notes From the Designer:

This knit version of the crochet Doradus pattern is named for Abbé Nicolas-Louis de Lacaille, (1713–1762), a French astronomer and geodesist who named 14 of the 88 constellations. From 1750 to 1754, he studied the sky at the Cape of Good Hope in present-day South Africa. During that time, he observed the Tarantula Nebula, also known as 30 Doradus, and catalogued it as a "Nebulae of the First Class." The star-forming region of 30 Doradus is one of the largest located close to the Milky Way. About 2,400 massive stars exist in the center of 30 Doradus.

  • Click the Videos tab to watch a tutorial on how to make the stitches needed to make this shawl.
  • Like its crocheted sister, de Lacaille features eyelets on a plain stitch background, allowing the colors and sparkle of the yarn to shine through.
  • This pattern doesn’t have a right or wrong side.
  • Download the crochet version, Doradus, here.

Designed by Janica York Carter

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