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My mom and grandma instilled in me a love for making things. I remember learning to knit from my mother when I was about 7. I made the most awful slippers imaginable - misshapen and ugly, but I ...

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Palm Springs Shawl

from Sideways Dragon
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Palm Springs Shawl
Palm Springs Shawl
Palm Springs Shawl
Palm Springs Shawl
Palm Springs Shawl
Palm Springs Shawl

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knit, purl and yarn over

Pattern Description:

Here is a light and versatile shawl inspired by the unique weather of Palm Springs. It may be worn as a rectangle or gently gathered by optional ribbons for a more fluid shape. The ribbons gather the shawl into two sections that hang effortlessly on the arms, so it stays in place without fussing.

It was inspired by the quirky Palm Springs weather and my equally quirky family. The weather demands a light cover for the shoulders, and my sisters-in-law demanded a shawl.

You see, every spring my family gathers in Palm Springs for a long weekend. The weather is almost always clear and hot, with daytime temperatures ranging from 90 - 110 F (32 - 43 C). During the day, there is absolutely no need for jackets, sweaters or sleeves.

But, in the late afternoon the sun sinks behind the ridge of mountains that make Palm Springs weather so unique. At that point the temperatures quickly drop to 70 F (21C) or so, and a little something to keep the shoulders comfortable is very welcome.

On our last visit, I brought my knitting along. After finishing the project I had brought, I asked my sisters-in-law to suggest the next project. The answer was unanimous - a shawl. Here it is - for your knitting enjoyment!

Knit on!


not critical for this project

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • approximately 56" (142 cm) by 18" (45 cm) after blocking


  • Yarn: DK weight; approximately 600 yards (550 meters) / 400 grams
  • US Optional: Ribbon, 1/2 inch wide, 15 yards
  • Metric Optional: Ribbon 1 cm wide, 14.5 m long
  • Needles: US Size 9 (5.5 mm)

You Will Also Need:

  • 2 stitch markers
  • tapestry needle for weaving in ends