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This shapely shawl is a nice contrast to rectangles, squares, and triangles.

Stockinette stitch and a simple lace pattern showcase the yarn and provide structured texture to the garment. A simple toggle and I-cord closure allows the garment to become a capelet or you can opt to wrap it snug around your neck. 

The deliciously thick yarn means this is a quick knit, and once you start, you won't want to stop until it's wrapped around you, warding off the fall chill.


spacer model: Eliza Tozer spacer photos: Jilian Chapman



Length: 40 inches
Width: 34 inches
Note: Measurement taken after blocking.



Manos del Uruguay [100% wool; 138yd/126m per 100g skein]
spacer [MC] G-Coffee; 1 skein
spacer [CC] 115-Flame; 2 skeins

Recommended needle size
[always use a needle size that gives you the gauge listed below -- every knitter's gauge is unique]
spacer 1 40-inch US #10/6mm circular needle
spacer 1 set US #10/6 mm double-point needles (for I-Cord loop; only two are used)

spacer 3 stitch markers
spacer 1 toggle or button (optional)
spacer Yarn needle


14 sts/20 rows = 4 inches in stockinette st


[Knitty's list of standard abbreviations and techniques can be found here.]

yo2: Yarn over twice (wrap yarn twice around right needle, from front to back)



Stockinette Section:
Using MC, CO 42 sts.
K 3 rows.

Set-up Row [RS]: K2, [yo, k8, yo, k1, place marker, k1] three times, yo, k8, yo, k2. 50 sts.

Next Row [WS]: K2, p to last 2 sts, k2.
Next Row [RS]: K2, [yo, k to 1 st before marker, yo, k1, slip marker, k1] three times, yo, k to last 2 sts, yo, k2.

Repeat these 2 rows 14 times more, then work the WS row once more. 170 sts. Break MC and join CC.

Lace Column Section:
Note: In the following directions, a semi-colon denotes the end of a section indicated by the placement of a marker. In order to make the directions easier to read, the few differences between Row 1 and Row 3 are shown in bold type.

Row 1 [RS]: K2, yo, k4, [yo2, k2tog, k2tog] to 1 st before first marker, yo, k1; k1, yo, [k2tog, k2tog, yo2] to 5 sts before next marker, k4, yo, k1; k1, yo, k4, [yo2, k2tog, k2tog] to 1 st before next marker, yo, k1; k1, yo, [k2tog, k2tog, yo2] to last 6 sts, k4, yo, k2. 8 sts increased.

Row 2 [WS]: K2, p to last 2 sts, working [k1, p1] into each yo2, k2.

Row 3 [RS]: K2, yo, k2, [yo2, k2tog, k2tog] to 1 st before first marker, yo, k1; k1, yo, [k2tog, k2tog, yo2] to 3 sts before next marker, k2, yo, k1; k1, yo, k2, [yo2, k2tog, k2tog] to 1 st before next marker, yo, k1; k1, yo, [k2tog, k2tog, yo2] to last 4 sts, k2, yo, k2. 8 sts increased.

Row 4 [WS]: Work as for Row 2.

Repeat Rows 1-4 seven times more. 298 sts.

K 4 rows. Loosely BO all sts.



Weave in ends and block. Note that shawl shown was blocked gently, only enough  to open the lace pattern and smooth the edges.

Button Loop (optional):
Using double-point needle and MC, CO 3 sts. Work I-Cord until cord forms a loop long enough to fit around button or toggle (loop shown measures 5 inches). BO all sts.

Sew ends of cord to side edge of shawl, using photos as guides; loop shown has been sewn approx. 4 inches down from upper edge.

Sew button or toggle to other side edge, opposite loop.

Weave in remaining ends.


designernamespacer Stephen knits, designs, and dances in the Midwest where he is currently pursuing a BFA in dance while knitting everywhere he goes.

His knitting adventures can be found on his blog, where there will be much more to come.