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Color, shape, and texture endlessly inspire me. For several years, I’ve been wholly consumed by knittingbecause it’s so forgiving, so flexible, and so free to the imagination. It also fits neatly ...

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Mistaken Shawl

from Kourtney Robinson - Dollybird Workshop
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Mistaken Shawl
Mistaken Shawl
Mistaken Shawl
Mistaken Shawl
Mistaken Shawl
Mistaken Shawl

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Knit
  • Purl
  • Work a Kfb - knit into the front and back of each stitch

Pattern Description:

This shawl is based on a "mistake rib" that my grandmother showed me years ago. It is essentially reversible, with the satisfaction of three knits for every purl in the body. I've never found it as such in a stitch dictionary; whether it's my mistake or hers, it's a pleasure to knit.

This shawl is worked from the center neck outwards, with increases at the beginning and end of every row & increases at the center on wrong side rows. The left & the right are mirrors of each other, with a narrow 'spine' at the center.

I knit this shawl in a weekend - as did my test knitter! The yarn used in the original has since been discontinues, but any supler bulky or bulky yarn can be used - even lighter yarns, held double! If you are subsituting yarns, adjust your gauge and yardage accordingly, and be aware that the finished object may be a different size as well.


10.5 sts/12.5 rows = approx 4" in stockinette stitch


  • 550yd/500m of super-bulky yarn (sample worked in yarn that was 137yd/125m per 4.5oz/125g skein)
  • One 40-inch US #17/12mm circular needle
  • Two stitch markers
  • Darning needle - when weaving in ends, split yarn and work in individual plies for less bulk

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