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Hi, my name is Mary Gildersleeve. I began designing shortly after teaching myself to knit at the age of 8, primarily because I do not take commands very well and I also could not afford the fancy ...

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The Diamond Shawlette

from By Hand, With Heart
(6) Name: 'Knitting : The Diamond Shawlette
The Diamond Shawlette
The Diamond Shawlette
The Diamond Shawlette
The Diamond Shawlette
The Diamond Shawlette

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • easy lace (yo's, SSK, K2tog, etc)
  • garter stitch striping
  • picking up and knitting sts from an edge
  • understanding of how to increase, decrease on an edge

Pattern Description:

Knit side to side and then picked-up stitches to work the simple diamond lace pattern, this asymmetrical shawlette is a fun knit and VERY doable by any knitter (with a bit of experience).

The body of the shawl alternates garter-stitch stripes while increasing on the bottom edge and then decreasing for the opposite end. This creates an asymmetrical triangle with a long, slender end and a wider oppposite.

The lace edge is an easy garter-stitch based motif with yo's and ssk/k2tog to create a sweet diamond edge. The Diamond Edging is charted and written out line by line.

The shawlette can be worn multiple ways ... adding to the overall fun of the design.

The design needs approx 250 yards MC; 150 yards CC (I used just shy of a full skein of Spring Gate's Cashmere/Bamboo blend for the CC).



16sts x 32 rows = 4" in garter-stitch, worked flat and blocked

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • one size - 45-inches edge to edge; 15.5 inches at tip


  • approx 400 yards fingering -- 250 in MC, 150 in CC (sample used Spring Gate's Cashmere/Bamboo blend)
  • US #5 circs (24-inch length)
  • stitch markers

Suggested yarn:

400 yards of Fingering weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Spring Gate Farm's cashmere/bamboo blend


Light Olive (MC) and Charcoal Navy (CC)