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Leher is a rectangular lace shawl featuring a wave-like stitch pattern, worked over a multiple of 17 stitches and 34 rows. You cast on a total of 99 stitches, including 85 main pattern stitches (17 x 5) and 14 border stitches (7 on either side).The pattern includes both a chart (with three sections) and written instructions.

I worked 5 horizontal and 12 vertical repeats of the pattern to get an 18-inch wide and 64-inch long shawl. (You could work 3 repeats between the right and left borders to make a scarf or work fewer vertical repeats to make a shorter version).

Yarn – 3 skeins or approx. 800 yards of the Cascade 220 Fingering, or any light-fingering weight yarn that blocks well (preferably 100-percent wool). I used a little less that 3 skeins of Cascade 220 Fingering in the ‘Sage’ colorway.

Needles – A pair of US size 6 (4 mm) needles for knitting; US size 8 (5 mm) needle for casting on loosely (optional)


  • 6 Stitch markers (if using)
  • Blocking pins / wires
  • Tapestry needle to weave in ends

Gauge – 22 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches measured over pattern stitch (after blocking)

Finished dimensions – 18 inches wide and 64 inches long


  • RS – Right side
  • WS – Wrong side
  • YO – yarn over
  • k2tog – Knit 2 together
  • ssk – slip, slip, knit the 2 slipped stitches together
  • PM – Place Marker
  • SM – Slip Marker

Leher Stitch Pattern (Worked over a multiple of 17 stitches, between the right and left borders):

  • Row 1 [RS] – *k 7, [YO, ssk] 3 times, k4*, repeat from * to *
  • Row 2 and all WS rows – purl all stitches
  • Row 3 – *k 8, [YO, ssk] 3 times, k3*, repeat from * to *
  • Row 5 – *k 9, [YO, ssk] 3 times, k2*, repeat from * to *
  • Row 7 – *k 10, [YO, ssk] 3 times, k1*, repeat from * to *
  • Row 9 – *k 7, k2tog, YO, k2, [YO, ssk] 3 times*, repeat from * to *
  • Row 11 – *k 5, [k2tog, YO] 2 times, k1, [k2tog, YO] 3 times, k1*, repeat from * to *
  • Row 13 – *k 3, [k2tog, YO] 3 times, k1, [k2tog, YO] 3 times, k1*, repeat from * to *
  • Row 15 – *k 2, [k2tog, YO] 3 times, k1, [k2tog, YO] 3 times, k2*, repeat from * to *
  • Row 17 – *k 1, [k2tog, YO] 3 times, k1, [k2tog, YO] 3 times, k3*, repeat from * to *
  • Row 19 – * [k2tog, YO] 3 times, k1, [k2tog, YO] 3 times, k4*, repeat from * to *
  • Row 21 – *k 1, [YO, ssk] 3 times, [k2tog, YO] 2 times, k6*, repeat from * to *
  • Row 23 – *k 1, [YO, ssk] 3 times, k2tog, YO, k8*, repeat from * to *
  • Row 25 – *k 2, [YO, ssk] 3 times, k9*, repeat from * to *
  • Row 27 – *k 3, [YO, ssk] 3 times, k8*, repeat from * to *
  • Row 29 – *k 4, [YO, ssk] 3 times, k7*, repeat from * to *
  • Row 31 – *k 5, [YO, ssk] 3 times, k6*, repeat from * to *
  • Row 33 – *k 6, [YO, ssk] 3 times, k5*, repeat from * to *
  • Row 34 –  purl all stitches

Right border (worked over 7 stitches):

  • Row 1 (RS) – k4, YO, ssk, k1
  • Row 2 (WS) – p4, k3

Repeat rows 1 and 2

Left border (worked over 7 stitches):

  • Row 1 (RS) – k1, k2tog, YO, k4
  • Row 2 (WS) – k3, p4

Repeat rows 1 and 2


Instructions to knit the shawl:

(See chart)

Loosely cast on 99 stitches (using the larger needle).

Switch to smaller needles.

Knit 5 rows.

On row 6 (WS), knit 3 stitches, purl to the last 3 stitches, knit 3 stitches.

You will now start working in pattern

  1. On row 7 (RS), work seven (row 1) stitches of the Right Border, place marker (PM); then work  17 (row 1) stitches of the Leher Stitch pattern five times, placing markers after every repeat; work seven (row 1) stitches of the Left Border.
  2. On the next row (WS) and all WS rows, knit 3; purl 93 (slipping markers as you go); knit the last 3 stitches.

Continue to work rows 3 to 34 of the Leher pattern between the right and left borders, as established above. Then repeat these 34 rows 11 more times (total 12)

On the 12th or last repeat, work only 32 rows of the Leher pattern, ending with a WS row.

To finish, knit 5 rows.

Bind off all stitches loosely (knitwise) on the WS.

Block to desired measurements.

Weave in ends.


22 thoughts on “Leher

  1. Wow I love this and Imaarat. In fact, all of your patterns that I’ve seen are just lovely. I can’t believe these are available for free! Gorgeous.

  2. Do you think this pattern would work with knitting worsted yarn? I have some Madelinetosh Pashmina that would look fab in this design. If so, what needles would you suggest? Gorgeous pattern!


    • Thank you, Rebekah! 🙂

      Yes, I think it would work very well with worsted weight yarn. I’d use US size 10 needles (6 mm). or maybe size 9, depending on the fabric I’m getting.

      It would be ideal if you could knit up a gauge swatch and block it to see if you like it before starting the final project.

      Happy knitting!

    • Thank you, Jackie! 🙂

      Yes, I think you can make it into an infinity scarf. If I had to do that, I would leave out the garter stitch rows at the beginning and the end – maybe knit just 1 row (to help with seaming) after casting on before starting to knit in pattern. Also, I would work 3 pattern repeats between the left and right borders (instead of 5), and make it shorter in length (between 50-60 inches), ending with the LAST row of the Leher stitch pattern (row 34) and then bind off and seam the cast-on and bind-off edges together.

      [Another option would be to start with a provisional cast on, knit the whole scarf, and then do a three-needle bind off to join the ends]

      Hope that helps 🙂

  3. This is amazing. Whilst looks simple , it is so stylish and classic. I am making it in a burgundy cashmere/wool blend fingering yarn. Where do you get your inspiration! I love all your designs.

  4. I have a couple of questions about the pattern. In one place it says to knit 3, purl 93, knit 3 on all WS rows. In another place there is a border pattern for both RS and WS rows. Also, for the borders, do you work RB at the beginning of the row and LB at the end, whether on Row 1 or Row 2? Thanks for your help. I’m planning to make a table runner out of this pattern. It’s lovely.

    • Hi Leigh,

      Great questions! You do knit 3, purl 93, and knit the last 3 stitches on all WS rows – the chart reads the same way. I specified it in the written instructions just to make it simpler 🙂 If you’re trying to figure out the borders alone, then on the RS rows you’ll start with the RB like so – k4, yo, ssk, k1, then knit in the main patt., and then work the LB – k1, k2tog, yo, k4. On the WS rows, you start with the LB – k3, p4, then purl 93 main patt. sts, then finish with the RB – p4, k3. So, really, you don’t need to worry about reading the pattern on WS rows – you can just knit 3, purl to the last 3 sts, and then knit 3.

      You read the chart from right to left on all RS or odd-number rows, and from left to right on all WS or even-number rows.

      Hope that helps! Please let me know if you have any other questions.

      Happy knitting! 😀

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