Blattkranz / Leaf Wreath

Daisy / Tausendschön





Ovale Decke / OD

Pfingstrose / Peony


Quadratische Decke / QD



Simply Peony

Peony – Pfingstrose Shawl

peony pfingstrose shawl pattern

Peony – Pfingstrose Shawl is a large deep-crescent shaped shawl based on the Herbert Niebling’s pattern of the same name, Peony in English. Peony is worked from the top down with increases throughout the body. The original pattern, in half, is a half circle. I added patterns to the two edges for a softer deep-crescent shape. I hope to continue modifying these amazing designs into a shawl shape with well illustrated charts and clear instructions so more knitters will discover and enjoy the magic of Niebling. Peony uses approximately 1,050 yards/960 meters of heavy-lace-weight yarns. It may also be knitted in lace-weight yarn for a more open look, or fingering-weight yarn for a denser fabric, and even larger shawl. Peony may be knitted with or without beads.

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Skill Level
Medium to advanced with complicated chart sequences. Charts only. It’s not a difficult pattern as far as the type of stitches is concerned for there aren’t any new or unusual stitches. It is, however, a VERY complicated pattern when it comes to following the sequence of the charts, especially towards the end of the shawl. This pattern is not for anyone new to chart or lace knitting, or who has trouble following complicated instructions/directions.

I recommend starting with the easier Blattkranz pattern if you are new to Niebling designs and/or lace and chart reading.

Lace and heavy lace weight are recommended. It’s a large shawl so using fingering weight will give you a giant shawl! Yardage – red Peony shown in first picture used 1046y / 957m of Dye Diana Dye PurBamboo{heavy lace} with US2.5 / 3mm needles. Test knit usage ranged from 874y to 1175y / 818m to 1075m. Link to picture and info of each test knitter’s shawl.

To best showcase the various stitch patterns of Peony, self-striping or variegated yarn with vast tonal differences is NOT recommended.

Gauge isn’t important but will determine the final size of the shawl.

Sample shawl (red Peony shown in first picture) is knitted on US2.5 / 3mm needles. Go up or down needle size depending on the weight of your yarn and the tension of your knitting. Please note that this will affect yardage required.

Circular needles in size US2.5 / 3mm depending on your tension, stitch markers, blunt tapestry needle, crochet hook or other tool if you are adding beads, T-pins, and blocking wire(s) and mat (optional).

Size 6 or 8 rounds for lace weight, size 6 rounds or size 5 triangles for fingering weight. Bead all or just some of these charts.

Chart A – 18 beads
Chart B – 9 beads
Chart C – 16 beads
Chart D – 92 beads
Chart E – 20 beads
Chart F – 60 beads
Chart G – 74 beads
Chart H – 133 beads
Chart I – 147 beads
Chart J – 266 beads
Chart K – 45-61 beads
Total – 880-893 beads

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Hayley | heavy lace weight

peony pfingstrose shawl

Alyssa | cobweb weight held double

peony pfingstrose shawl

Diana | lace weight

peony pfingstrose shawl

Fiona | heavy lace weight

peony pfingstrose shawl

Glenys | lace weight

peony pfingstrose shawl

Jutta | lace weight

peony pfingstrose shawl

Lorraine | fingering weight

peony pfingstrose shawl

Marcy | fine lace weight

peony pfingstrose shawl

Tish | lace weight

peony pfingstrose shawl

Trang | lace weight

peony pfingstrose shawl

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Peony – Pfingstrose Shawl

This pattern is available on the fiber site, Ravelry. You do not have to be a member to download the pattern. If you are a member, it will also be added to your Ravelry library. If you are interested in this shawl, Hayley’s current/future designs, and/or just enjoy knitting with like-minded people, become a member and join our Ravelry Group, enVision – for knitters with discriminating taste for luxury yarns and exceptional patterns primarily in challenging lace designs.

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