Grace Fryer Shawl


The Grace Fryer Shawl is a semi-circular shawl knit flat with sections of repeating lace patterns.  It uses one skein of sock yarn, perfect for that single skein you can’t decide how to use.  The stitch patterns are provided in a chart, as well as written out, and percentages of yarn used are also provided if you wish to modify the size of your shawl.

The pattern is available for sale on Ravelry for $5 (you don’t have to be a member).

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In addition to a background on the name of the pattern, details regarding gauge, yarn, needles and measurements are listed below, with several photos.


Background: Grace Fryer, along with other “Radium Girls,” worked for U.S. Radium applying radium-laced paint to watch dials in the early 20th century.  At that time radium was widely believed to have health benefits and U.S. Radium encouraged the Radium Girls to use their lips and tongues to keep their paint brushes fine tipped.  Grace was the first of the Radium Girls to bring suit against U.S. Radium after incurring strange medical symptoms and ultimately the legal action paved the way for improvements in industrial and employee safety.


Supplies Needed:

  • Yarn
    • Approximately 360-400 yards/330-365 meters fingering weight yarn. Shown in Copper Centaur Studios Centaur Sock (80% superwash merino/20% nylon, 400 yards/365 meters, 3.53oz/100g) in the colorway Caribbean Sea.   Other suggested yarns include Cascade Heritage Silk, Dream in Color Smooshy, Madelintosh Sock, or Plucky Primo Fingering.
  • Needles
    • Size US 6 (4.0mm) circular needle in a length of 24″/60 cm or 32″/81 cm, or size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Other Materials
    • 2 stitch markers
    • Tapestry needle
    • Blocking pins
    • Optional: Additional stitch markers


Other Pattern Information:

  • Finished Measurements
    • After Blocking
      • 39.5 inches wide
      • 21.5 inches height/depth
  • Gauge (4”/10cm) for Chart C Lace Pattern
    • 20.5 stitches and 22 rows

The shawl is blocked aggressively. Meeting exact gauge is not crucial but may affect the final dimensions. Gauge is provided to assist with determining an appropriate needle size for you.