Download PDF version o the pattern here: Jhumka PDF (to download and print)
Jhumka, which means earring (dangler) in Hindi / Urdu, is a rectangular shawl featuring a lace pattern worked over a multiple of 22 stitches and 28 rows. You cast on a total of 74 stitches, including 66 main pattern stitches (22 x 3) in the center and 8 border stitches – 4 on either side. The shawl can be made wider or narrower, longer or shorter by adding or leaving out one or more pattern repeats.
The pattern includes both a chart and written instructions.
– I used approx. 2 skeins or 550 yards of the Cascade 220 Fingering in the Goldenrod colorway.
– A pair of US size 6 (4 mm) needles for knitting
– US size 8 (5 mm) needle for casting on loosely (optional)
– 2-4 Stitch markers (if using)
– Blocking pins / wires
– Tapestry needle to weave in ends
Gauge (after blocking)
– 20.5 stitches and 27 rows = 4 inches, measured over the Jhumka lace pattern
– 14.5 inches wide and 61 inches long
- RS – Right side
- WS – Wrong side
- YO – yarn over
- k2tog – Knit 2 together
- ssk – slip, slip, knit the 2 slipped stitches together
- (s2, k1, psso) – slip two stitches together as if to knit; knit 1 stitch; pass slipped stitches over the knit stitch (2 stitches decreased)
Jhumka stitch pattern (worked over multiples of 22 stitches and 28 rows):
(Note: Rows 1- 14, that make up the diamonds in the pattern, can be further broken down into smaller 11- stitch repeats, but I have not done that and have written all rows as 22-stitch repeats to maintain consistency. Please refer to the chart for more clarity.)
- Row 1 (RS) – *k3, k2tog, YO, k1, YO, ssk, k6, k2tog, YO, k1, YO, ssk, k3*, repeat from * to * for pattern
- Row 2 (WS) and all WS rows – purl all stitches
- Row 3 – *k2, k2tog, YO, K3, YO, ssk, k4, k2tog, YO, k3, YO, ssk, k2*, repeat from * to *
- Row 5 – *k1, (k2tog, YO) twice, k1, (YO, ssk) twice, k2, (k2tog, YO) twice, k1, (YO, ssk) twice, k1*, repeat from * to *
- Row 7 – *[(k2tog, YO) twice, k3, (YO, ssk) twice] repeat twice *, repeat from * to *
- Row 9 – *k2, YO, ssk, YO, (s2, k1, psso), YO, k2tog, YO, k4, YO, ssk, YO, (s2, k1, psso), YO, k2tog, YO, k2 *, repeat from * to *
- Row 11 – *k3, YO, ssk, k1, k2tog, YO, k6, YO, ssk, k1, k2tog, YO, k3*, repeat from * to *
- Row 13 – *k4, YO, (s2, k1, psso), YO, k8, YO, (s2, k1, psso), YO, k4*, repeat from * to *
- Row 15 – *k5, (YO, ssk) twice, k4, (k2tog, YO) twice, k5*, repeat from * to *
- Row 17 – *k6, (YO, ssk) twice, k2, (k2tog, YO) twice, k6*, repeat from * to *
- Row 19 – *k4, (k2tog, YO) twice, k6, (YO, ssk) twice. k4*, repeat from * to *
- Row 21 – *k3, (k2tog, YO) twice, k8, (YO, ssk) twice, k3*, repeat from * to *
- Row 23 – same as row 15
- Row 25 – same as row 17
- Row 27 – same as row 19
- Row 28 (WS) – purl all stitches
Repeat rows 1 to 28 for pattern
- Loosely cast on 74 stitches using the larger needle (if using). I used the long-tail method to cast on.
- Switch to smaller needles. Knit 7 rows.
- On row 8 (WS), knit 4 stitches, purl 66 stitches, knit the last 4 stitches.
From this point on, the first and last 4 stitches will always be knit to form a garter stitch border, and the Jhumka stitch pattern will be worked over the center 66 stitches (22 x 3).
- On row 9 (RS), knit 4 stitches; work row 1 of the Jhumka chart /stitch pattern 3 times (placing stitch markers between every repeat if you want); knit the last 4 stitches.
- On the next row (WS), knit 4 stitches; purl 66; knit the last 4 stitches (all WS rows are worked this way).
- Continue, as above, to knit rows 3 to 28 of the Jhumka pattern, maintaining a garter stitch border throughout.
Repeat rows 1 to 28 of the Jhumka stitch pattern a total of 14 times. Then knit rows 1 – 14 of the pattern once more (ending with row 14 – a WS row).
(You can work fewer or more repeats of the pattern to make the stole shorter or longer. Just remember to end with row 14.)
- Knit 7 rows
- Loosely bind off all stitches knitwise (on the WS).
- Block to desired measurements. Weave in ends.