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I live in Albuquerque NM & even though I grew up completely surrounded by all things fiber and knitting related I only started knitting in 2008. Now that I've spent a few years within the fiber & ...

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Scottsdale Shawl

from Claudia Donnelly Designs
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Scottsdale Shawl
Scottsdale Shawl Claudia Donnelly Designs
Scottsdale Shawl Claudia Donnelly Designs
Scottsdale Shawl Claudia Donnelly Designs
Scottsdale Shawl Claudia Donnelly Designs
Scottsdale Shawl Claudia Donnelly Designs

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knit
  • purl
  • yarn over
  • slipped stitches
  • picots

Pattern Description:

The Scottsdale Shawl was inspired by the architectural influences of Frank Lloyd Wright seen citywide in Scottsdale, Arizona. Knitted top-down, increases are done on both sides to give its crescent shape. The signature clean lines of his architecture are represented by a slipped center back stitch while the alternating bands of garter and stockinette stitch mimic the Prairie Style roof tops of the many commercial and residential structures. The shawl is finished with a knitted-on lace border with picots that, while easily memorized, add the touch of flora seen everywhere in this beautiful city. Available in two sizes and aimed at adventurous beginners, experts will appreciate its beautiful simplicity!

A couple years ago I spent some time in Scottsdale while in treatment at the Mayo Clinic. I was there in the beginning of October and the weather was impeccable. Scottsdale was far greener than I ever expected it to be! There were palm trees and grass and flowers planted everywhere right next to the cactus. I don't have much of a green thumb and don't know the names of all the things I saw, but one of the biggest things I remembered was just how green it was for being in the Sonoran desert. The other thing that struck me was the architecture. If you've been to Scottsdale you know exactly what I'm talking about. Frank Lloyd Wright's architectural influence is seen citywide from the many Prairie Style commercial buildings, lighting fixtures, and even bus stops to beautiful Taliesin West. Anywhere the clean decorative lines of Wright's architecture could be placed, they were there; street lamps, bridges, walkways, and windows. I was amazed at how much of his presence is seen around every corner the city! I've incorporated some of these easy and basic lines and textures into my Scottsdale Shawl giving it a very organic feel.


gauge is not important however if you choose to make your shawl larger or small you will need to adjust your yarn requirements accordingly.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • small - 11 inches down the center back and 27 inches from the bottom of the center back to each tip
  • large - 14.5 inches down the center back and 38 inches from the bottom of the center back to each tip


  • 400-650 yds of fingering weight yarn
  • US size 6

You Will Also Need:

  • stitch markers
  • row counter

Suggested yarn:

650 yards of Fingering weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light



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