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I'm a knitwear and embroidery pattern designer and knitting teacher from Michigan who currently lives in Chicago. My patterns have been published in Interweave Knits, Knitscene, and knit.wear ...

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WORK+SHELTER Lace Striped Shawl

from The Sweatshop of Love
(6) Name: 'Knitting : WORK+SHELTER Lace Striped Shawl
WORK+SHELTER Lace Striped Shawl
WORK+SHELTER Lace Striped Shawl
WORK+SHELTER Lace Striped Shawl
WORK+SHELTER Lace Striped Shawl

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knit
  • purl
  • cast on
  • bind off
  • yo
  • skp
  • k2tog

Pattern Description:

Starting with the shawl's triangle point, St st and lace stripes are alternated while sts are increased to make a big, warm, fun shawl.

My friend Theresa VanderMeer runs an organization called The Lotus Odyssey that exports fair-trade products from different eco/people-friendly groups in India. She is starting a foundation called WORK+SHELTER that will offer women living in the slums of New Delhi a fresh start. Theresa is working to give these women decent living conditions and a chance to build a better future. WORK+SHELTER will be a safe place where women can come with their children to live and work. She will be providing training, materials, and a fair wage, and members of WORK+SHELTER will be producing products to be sold in boutiques around the world.

Theresa asked me to design garments and accessories that will be hand knit by the women living and working at WORK+SHELTER. This lace striped shawl is one of those items! By purchasing this pattern you are helping this amazing cause. Read more about this project here, donate by emailing Theresa, and when someone compliments you on your beautiful new shawl, be sure to tell them about WORK+SHELTER.


14 stitches and 20 rows in stockinette stitch

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 60" wide, 36" long at triangle's point


  • 550 yards worsted weight cotton
  • size 10 24" circulars
  • Tapestry needle

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