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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 ...

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Holbrook Shawl

from Design by Dee
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Holbrook Shawl
Holbrook Shawl
Holbrook Shawl
Holbrook Shawl
Holbrook Shawl
Holbrook Shawl

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,