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Castaway Shawlette

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(6) Name: 'Knitting : Castaway Shawlette
Castaway Shawlette

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Cast on
  • Bind off
  • Knit
  • Purl
  • Increase
  • Decrease

Pattern Description:

You've been cast up on a desert island. Luckily, you kept hold of your skein of Malabrigo Lace and a circular needle, so why not cast on a Castaway?

This is a straightforward "wide" shawlette (four increases on the "right" side, two on the "wrong"), mostly knitting one way and purling the other, with an occasional row that will cause your stitches to run. The final section creates a pretty ruffle along the edge.

Malabrigo Lace knits up into a divinely soft and cozy shawlette (an LYS owner friend of mine thought it was cashmere!). The pattern takes advantage of the yarn's tendency to be a little sticky, which will keep the dropped-stitch ladders open and lacy.

Desert island? Not too bad!

Technical Editing: Ruth Garcia-Alcantud
Test Knitting: Elizabeth Hutchinson, Annie Rota
Photography: Nicholas Dames
Location: Maine Maritime Museum


26 sts x 44 rows = 4"/10cm in Stockinette

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 57"/145cm wide x 17"/43cm high


  • 450-470 yds laceweight yarn
  • US4/3.5mm 29" circular needle (or size needed to obtain gauge

You Will Also Need:

  • stitch markers
  • tapestry needle

Suggested yarn:

470 yards of Lace weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Malabrigo Merino Lace


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I live and knit in New York City and Bath, Maine, with my husband and our three children, getting my style fix in the one and my New England (Red Sox/cranberry bog/lobster roll/chilly nights in need ...

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