Holbrook Shawl

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Holbrook Shawl Pattern


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Knitting: Holbrook Shawl
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Pattern Details:

Pattern Details






Women, Petite, Tall, Plus-sized



Skill Level:

medium skill level requirement Intermediate

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knit
  • purl
  • increases and decreases
  • familiarity with lace knitting

Pattern Description:

Holbrook is a top-down, semi-circular shawl with a beautiful, wide knitted-on lace border. I just love the look of knitted-on borders--they add a touch of elegance and drama that is very intriguing. This border has lace patterning on both sides, but is easy to memorize and fun to knit.

The shawl body consists of three triangles: a larger triangle in the middle section composed of a lovely old lace pattern known as English Mesh Lace and side triangles that are knitted in classic stockinette for a stunning design contrast. As you wrap Holbrook around your shoulders, the stockinette stitching peeps through the lace sections, providing visual interest no matter how the shawl is worn.

Holbrook is shown in fingering weight but the design is also suitable for lace weight. The size is easily customizable for whatever weight or size you choose by working additional body chart repeats. A solid or tonal yarn is highly recommended to showcase the intricacy of the border design.

The pattern includes instructions on how to work a knitted-on border; large, easy-to-read charts as well as written instructions; and detailed blocking notes. Enjoy!

Errata: For anyone new to knitting charts, please note that the Chart Legend on page 7 is missing the "O" symbol for Yarn Over. Also, on page 11, the Border Chart 3 written instructions for Row 2 should say "k17" rather than "p17" in blue... but it really makes very little difference in the final result if purled.


4.5 st = 1 inch blocked, but gauge is not critical with this project

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Blocked size: 66" x 26"


  • US Size 5 (3.75 mm) 32" circular needles
  • US Size 7 (4.5 mm) DPN for bind off
  • 650-700 yards of fingering/sock weight yarn - Black Sheep Dyeworks Sock Weight Superwash Merino Wool, "Delphinium" colorway to knit the blue shawl pictured

You Will Also Need:

  • stitch markers
  • T-pins for blocking - approx. 140 for pattern size
  • blocking mats (nice to have but you can always use your bed!)

Suggested yarn:

650 yards of Fingering weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Any fingering/sock weight of your choice,

Pattern Reviews

Pattern Reviews

Average Review (of 3 reviews)
Edens on craftsy.com

Excellent Holbrook Shawl, a wonderful experience to knit  May 17, 2013

A beautiful, fairly large shawl. Very easy to follow pattern. The pattern is given as both written and chart. This pattern is a breeze for experienced lace knitters and quite easy for experienced, but new to lace knitters.

I used a sock weight yarn, a blend of Merino wool and Bamboo. This gave an oh, so soft and warm shawl that drapes beautifully.

I loved knitting this shawl, the bottom edge is knit-on after the rest is finished - a new technique to me but extremely well ...

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CCaarrooll on craftsy.com

Excellent A Beautiful Shawl  December 9, 2012

This pattern was very clearly written with lots of clarification for those of us who are not totally confident when it comes to lace. This is my second project from a pattern by this designer. Both were very knitter-friendly.

Pacific Rose on craftsy.com

Excellent Awesome Shawl, Awesome Pattern  September 12, 2012

The pattern is easy to read and easy to understand, and is beautifully done. It is as if the designer is right there with you, helping you knit this absolutely breath taking shawl.

About Designer

About Designer

stevieland on craftsy.com

Hi! I am a former professional guitarist who at least for now am very grateful to be designing full time.

I made all my clothes and jewelry as a hippie girl many years ago, and had a little cottage industry of selling my handcrafts to friends in high school. I later turned to music and put down all the needles and hooks and soldering guns and whatnot for over 30 years. I picked up knitting ...

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