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Knitwear designer (you can find my work in Knitty -- the Citron Shawlette -- Knitscene magazine, Twist Collective, and "Brave New Knits") and mama. You can read my knitting "epic" at ...

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Rioja Shawlette

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Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knit
  • purl
  • yarnover
  • simple decreases
  • bind off

Pattern Description:

Texture and lace combine in Rioja, a pretty semi-circular shawlette with a bit of Spanish feel. Garter stitch gives it squish and the two very simple lace patterns open up the shawl and let it flutter at the picot-encrusted edge. Rioja begins with just a few stitches, and grouped increases are performed just after each textured band to give it its shape. This piece is certainly easy enough for a beginner, with enough going on to keep it interesting for more advanced knitters.

Rioja is a one-skein project, requiring only a single skein of sock yarn (which I know you have tons of in your stash). But because Rioja is knit from the top down, it is simple to make it larger -- and detailed instructions for optional sections have been provided should you have more yarn and wish to do so.


19 sts & 28 rows = 4"/ 10 cm in Garter St

Note: Meeting this exact gauge is not crucial, but any major differences will affect the size of the finished shawl.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 43" / 109 cm along top edge
  • 19" / 48.5 cm height at center


  • Malabrigo Yarn Sock (100% Merino; 440 yds / 402 m per 100g); 1 skein in color 811 Eggplant Or, 440 yds / 402 m of fingering weight yarn
  • US 6 (4 mm) circular needle, at least 24" / 60 cm long, or size needed to obtain gauge

You Will Also Need:

  • Tapestry needle

Suggested yarn:

440 yards of Fingering weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Malabrigo Yarn Sock



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