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Debussy is a contemporary, deeply textured lace shawl, featuring an Art Nouveau-inspired lace panel flanked by a body composed of impressionistic bamboo stalks on a garter background. The asymmetrical shaping begins with just a few stitches which then flow into a wide panel filled with a fascinating lace pattern of sinuous, organic lines punctuated by reverse stockinette. Depending on where you look, the motifs may resemble bellflowers, tulips, rosebuds or even little baskets. The clean, vertical lines of the bamboo stalks—a motif often used in Art Nouveau furniture design—paired with classic garter stitch provide a visual and textural contrast to the intricate lace of the panel.

Debussy is fast and fun to knit in DK weight yarn. The panel lace, although patterned on both sides (knits and purls only on the wrong side) is deceptively easy to knit and has a nice rhythm to it. You’ll enjoy seeing the texture emerge as the panel begins, and when the bamboo and garter body kicks in, you’ll have a nice respite from the panel lace. The combination of the two patterns as you work along the ever-increasing rows will keep you interested through to the very end!

The shawl is offered in two sizes—medium (pictured in light taupe) and large (pictured in blue); instructions are included should you wish to further customize the size.

I named the shawl after Claude Debussy, one of my favorite composers and a contemporary of the Art Nouveau designers. 

The Debussy pattern includes both charts and full written out instructions for those of you who prefer not to use charts.


Medium 58 x 26” (147 x 66 cm) / Large 73 x 33” (185 x 84 cm), adjustable


Approximately 490-540 yds (448-494 m) for medium or 725-775 yds (663-709 m) for large

Hazel Knits Lively DK; 90% Merino, 10% Nylon; Silica (medium) and Aquarius (large) colorways

US Size 6 (4.0 mm) circular, 24” (60 cm) or 32” (80 cm) long
US Size 8 (5.0 mm) straight, double pointed or circular, for bind off

1 stitch marker, blocking supplies, tapestry needle to weave in ends

4.25 sts = 1” (2.5 cm) garter stitch, blocked. Note that gauge is not critical but will affect the finished size and yardage requirements.

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This original pattern is intended for the purchaser’s personal use only. Copying and then distributing or sharing the pattern in whole or part including text, charts or photographs is prohibited without my written consent. All rights reserved.
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