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Kristin Omdahl designs for both knit and crochet; she has published six books, developed her own workshop-style technique DVDs, and is a frequent guest on Knitting Daily TV.

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Barefoot Beach Shawl

from Kristin Omdahl Designs
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Barefoot Beach Shawl
Barefoot Beach Shawl
Barefoot Beach Shawl

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • picot
  • increase
  • decrease
  • yarnovers
  • knit cast on

Pattern Description:

I knit the sample shawl at the quiet and reclusive Barefoot Beach in SW Florida and thought it appropriate to name the project after the inspiring knitting location. The rolling surf softly crashes onto a beach filled with seashells of many varieties, shapes and sizes.

I chose an addicting stitch pattern that has a repeat of 5 rows, so by nature of an odd number row-repeat, it is a reversible stitch pattern. There is a different stitch count on each row of the repeat because the number of sts per repeat is heavily decreases on one row, then slowly increased on the following 3rd and 4th rows until you achieve the original stitch count per repeat. It sounds a lot more complicated than it really is, and I included the stitch count for every row of the pattern. The pretty scalloped edge is created by diligently blocking each repeat of the easy picot bind off.

Due to the stretchy nature of the combination of this stitch pattern and tape yarn, the entire shawl requires only 250 yards of yarn and the generous sizes shawl requires only 80 rows. In the realm of lace shawls, this is a relatively quick project. I knit the sample shawl in just one weekend!


4 sts/3 rows = 1" in blocked stitch pattern

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 66" wide x 26" long


  • 250 yards of bulky weight tape yarn (shown in 3 balls of Tahki Stacy Charles SAHARA)
  • US10 (6mm) circular knitting needles, 36" length or longer.