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Amy Swenson has been designing contemporary fashions for knitting and crochet since 2003. She has published three books, including "Sensual Crochet" and "Not Your Mama's Felting". She teaches across ...

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Middle Beach Shawlette

from Indigirl - Patterns by Amy Swenson
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Middle Beach Shawlette
Middle Beach Shawlette
Middle Beach Shawlette
Middle Beach Shawlette
Middle Beach Shawlette
Middle Beach Shawlette

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knit
  • purl
  • increase and decrease

Pattern Description:

In the Spring of 2012, I was fortunate enough to travel to Tofino to teach a weekend workshop on shapings for shawls. As often happens while teaching, I hit upon a few more ideas. This one, I couldn't resist casting on immediately.

"Middle Beach Shawlette" involves two different types of increases to shape the piece so it sits nicely around the shoulders. It's worked mostly in garter, with stockinette ribs, and features a center panel inspired by the lines in the sand at Middle Beach on Vancouver Island.

Don't let the "complexity" of the charts and written instructions put you off. This is an easy pattern to follow, with a visible logic. You'll be working without instructions in no time!

Pattern is provided with full written and charted instructions.

Want a larger shawlette? You can keep knitting and cast off when out of yarn.


20 sts and 40 rows in garter stitch = 4"

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Approximately 62" by 14" after blocking


  • 380 yards sock-weight yarn
  • US 4 / 3.5mm circular needles
  • darning needle
  • cable needle (optional)