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I have been knitting on and off since my teens, but became somewhat obsessed with it in 2007. I love squishy wools for the short, mild Los Angeles winters, and like cottons and blends for the rest ...

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Molto Bella Shawl

from Brenda Castiel Designs
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Molto Bella Shawl
Molto Bella Shawl Back view
Molto Bella Shawl Back view
Molto Bella Shawl Detail
Molto Bella Shawl Side view
Molto Bella Shawl Front view

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Easy lace
  • Grafting (Kitchener stitch)

Pattern Description:

This pretty and wearable L-shaped wrap is easy to knit like a rectangular stole (no shaping), yet it wraps around your shoulders with extra coverage. The wool blend provides lovely drape for just the extra layer you need when breezes blow.
The shawl is worked in sections, starting with lace on one edge, moving into stripes of different yarns and easy textures such as garter stitch, eyelets, and stockinette stitch. Once the lace edging is done, the rest is a relaxing knit.
Try it in your 2 favorite colors; or all one color, for a more subdued look.

The test knitters enjoyed it:
"A pretty L-shaped shawl knitted in 3 sections - no seaming, the joins are made by picking up stitches and kitchener stitch. I particularly like the shape - a move away from triangle and rectangle. It will make a wonderfully warm wrap which I will enjoy wearing in winter."

*Pattern is both charted and written, and has been professionally tech-edited and test knit.*


20 sts to 4 in/10cm

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 15"/38 cm wide; 80"/200 cm along outer edge; 50"/125 cm along inner edge of "L," after blocking.


  • Fingering weight yarn, 750 yds/686m
  • (in 2 colors, or all one color)

You Will Also Need:

  • Size 6 (US) 4.0mm needles
  • Stitch markers

Suggested yarn:

750 yards of Fingering weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Three Irish Girls


PortoFino and Volare

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