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I've crocheted just about my whole life. I taught myself to knit in the early 2000s and haven't slowed down since. I've also gone through counted cross-stitch and needlepoint periods.

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Picnic Basket Shawlette

from LaurieBea Knitting
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Picnic Basket Shawlette
Picnic Basket Shawlette pattern detail with chain edging
Picnic Basket Shawlette Isosceles body with chain edging
Picnic Basket Shawlette Asymmetric body with ruffled edging
Picnic Basket Shawlette Pattern detail with ruffled edging

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knit, purl, requires garter stitch short rows (ruffled edging only) or crocheted chain stitch (chain edging only)

Pattern Description:

This lovely shawlette has four variations... all feature a basket weave patterned body that is simple to learn and quick to knit. It can be shaped either as an asymmetrical right triangle or as a skinnier symmetrical isosceles triangle. Either shape can be edged with a ruffle (worked in short rows as you go) or a crocheted chain edging (added after the body is worked.)

The size of this shawlette is easily customizable, and if you're not afraid of a little arithmetic, the pattern notes include instructions for calculating the required yardage for any size and combination of features. But if you think math is no picnic, use one typical skein of fingering weight yarn to get the sizes shown here.

This pattern is especially well suited for hand painted yarns, since the texturing of the fabric breaks up any potential pooling of the colors.

All photography by Sandy McAnally.


27 sts and 34 rows/4" (10 cm) in Basket weave pattern.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Isosceles body with chain edging - 70" (177.8 cm) long x 7.5" (19 cm) wide
  • Isosceles body with ruffled edging - 58" (147.3 cm) long x 8" (20.3 cm) wide, including ruffle
  • Right triangle body with chain edging - 54" (137 cm) long x 11" (27.9 cm) wide
  • Right triangle body with ruffled edging - 47" (119 cm) long x 11" (27.9 cm) wide, including ruffle


  • 440 yards of fingering weight yarn
  • US 3 (3.25 mm) knitting needles, or size needed for gauge
  • D-3 (3.25 mm) crochet hook (chain edging version only)
  • Stitch marker (ruffled edging version only)
  • Tapestry needle

Suggested yarn:

440 yards of Fingering weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Cascade Heritage Paints


9883 - Wild Roses