La vie est belle


As my brain rewires with my EMDR therapy, I find I’m a lot more present and grateful for what I have in my life. I’ve started taking more joy in the little things. I’ve slowed down a lot, instead of keeping myself in a state of “GO GO GO” as a distraction from bad situations I had in my life, I allow myself to stop and take in the world around me. To appreciate the unique and diverse people I have in my life. I’ve also started enjoying my misfit nature, no longer bullying myself for not fitting in or pressuring myself to fit in. I like being my weird little self! It’s like my blinders have been taken off, and I now see how beautiful the life around me truly is.


La vie est belle (Life is Beautiful) is a top-down crescent-shaped shawl that beautifully blends elegant lace stitches to create a captivatingly engaging knit.

Should a larger shawl be desired, as lace-weight skeins can vary in yardage, notes for a larger shawl have been provided.

Worked flat, La vie est belle contains written directions and charts. A handy-dandy progress tracker is included to help you with your rows and stitch counts. Yardage for each section is given should you wish to turn this into a scrappy project!

Skill Level

Finished Measurements
Approximately 72” / 183 cm across the wingspan, 30” / 76 cm deep, after blocking

Suggested Needles
US5 (3.5 mm) 40” (102 cm) circular needles, or size required to obtain gauge

Tapestry needle

Yarn Requirements
860 yds / 787 m lace weight yarn

Suggested Yarn
Colorista – Indulgence Dentelle
50% Merino 50% Silk
875 yds (800 m) / 3.5 oz (100 g)
Colorway: Soupir

24 stitches by 28 rows in stockinette = 4” / 10 cm, after blocking.

LOW-VISIBILITY FORMAT: A low-visibility English version of this pattern is available in this download. This format is 22pt print in Arial, black font, no italics, written directions only (there are no charts). This document was accessibility checked by MS Word and read-aloud functions.

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Additional information


English, French




Digital Download, PDF

Skill Level


Type of Instructions

Charts, Low Visibilty, Written Directions

Fabric Characteristics

Eyelets, Lace


Top-Down, Worked Flat