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Monday, April 27, 2015

A Pattern for Versatile "Betty's Simple Shawlette"

When I was at the knitting retreat of which I posted here, we were all given a simple copy of a shawlette knitted by the organizer of the retreat. I have just finished knitting one and have rewritten the instructions so I can share it here with you. First I'll show you the pictures to inspire you to make your own.

Notice that the 2 ends are different from each other.
Knowing that will help the pattern make sense. :^)

Sorry for the blurry photo but maybe you can get
the idea for this cast ON end.

This is how the cast OFF end looks.

I used Universal Yarn, Classic Shades Metallic, which has a very nice effect. There are other options of Classic Shades, all of which would be lovely. Or any other worsted weight can also be used. As you get the feel of this simple pattern, you could make it bigger by using chunky yarns or make it very unique by using novelty yarns. This is a great versatile basic shawl that can be expanded according to your own imaginations. Here is the basic pattern:


Universal Yarn, Classic Shades about 300 yards
        (or other worsted yarn of your choice)
size 11 US needle (see note below about the needle size)

Finished Size: Pattern reads 48" x 15" but mine turned out to be 11" x 47"

CO 20 stitches (or 25-30, to make it bigger from top to bottom)
Knit first 10 rows (garter stitch)
Row 11: cable cast on 8 stitches. *Knit those 8 stitches, PM, Purl to last 6 stitches, PM, K to end.
Row 12: Knit across*

Repeat between *'s for approximately 22 rows, ending with RS

Next row: (WS) Cable cast on 8 stitches, making sure these are on the same side as the previous cable cast on of 8 stitches. Repeat between above *'s for 24 rows, ending with RS

Next row (WS) Again cable cast on 8 stitches and work as above until piece measures approximate 40 inches from beginning. (This end-to-end length is good for me but if you have broad shoulders, you may want to go 42 inches. You will be adding 4 more inches with the final rows.)

Cast off 8 stitches, knitwise and knit each row for 12 rows (garter stitch). (Again, make sure you are casting off on the same side you have previously cast on the 8 stitches.)

Cast off 8 more stitches and work 14 more garter rows.

Cast off rest of stitches.

Weave in ends and wet block.

Please, if you make this shawl, send me photos or link to my project of Betty's Simple Shawl on Ravelry. I would love to see what you do with the pattern and which yarn you choose.

And while we're on the subject of shawls - a subject I've been knitting quite a bit lately - I have been getting some great shawl pins, all on eBay.

I started out for my first shawl EVER, with a stick shawl pin.

And just recently I have discovered the circle shawl pins or brooches with the "sticks" to hold the pin onto the fabric. I have bought, at great prices I might add, 3 really nice ones of that kind.
Isn't this little sheep adorable?

This said it was made of coconut shells

And the most recent kind I have found is a magnetic one. I haven't used it yet - I'm a bit afraid that the magnet will slip through the nice eyelet holes in the shawls. But I'm getting up the nerve to try it on the Ojo de Dios Shawl - the holes are not where the magnet will go. 

Sometimes I think I'm playing dress-up.


  1. You sure do know how to get the grin out of me with that punch line. I have never heard of or thought about shawl pins. But they look exactly like hair pins for holding up long locks. I love the little lamby and the magnet one is "to die for". And, oh yes, I almost forgot, The shawl is pretty and looks warm.

    1. Ann, I think you're right, the pins are like those hair "things." hmmm I am eager to try the magnet pin.

  2. That is a lovely shawl and I really like your shawl pins. I only have one 'shawl pin' - it's a wooden crochet hook. Mostly I don't wear any pin at all.

    1. Gillian, what a fabulous idea - a wooden crochet hook to hold a shawl together. I wonder if I might able to fashion something with my pretty wooden knitting needle(s). I think I'll try it.


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