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Karen L Bennett on craftsy.com
Fort Collins, Colorado

A creative Brit living in Colorado, I've been knitting since 7 years old. My big hobbies are landscape and skyscape photography, acrylic and oil painting. My latest knitting designs are "Western ...

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Pretty Simple Top Down Shawls

from Hand Knit Artisans
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Pretty Simple Top Down Shawls
Pretty Simple Top Down Shawls Top-down shawl
Pretty Simple Top Down Shawls Picot edging
Pretty Simple Top Down Shawls

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knit
  • purl
  • cast on / off
  • Basic knitting skills
  • knit into front and back of stitch to increase 1
  • pull up a stitch from row below and knit into that stitch

Pattern Description:

This shawl is as simple and basic as it gets for anyone new to shawls. It is worked top-down. The one in the picture is the shawlette version, but you can also continue knitting for a larger wrap version by just keeping on knitting! There are instructions and sizings for both.

The one in the picture is done in sport weight yarn, but you can make it in any weight yarn - the instruction is still the same and you just knit it to the width and length you want!

If you wish to have a plain edge instead of a picot edge, there are instructions for that too.

The one in the picture is created in a sport weight pima cotton yarn for a nice light weight summer / spring shawlette to cover shoulders on a cool evening or late in the day. But you can make it in any weight or fiber like merino or alpaca, depending on the season, warmth, feel and look you desire.

FOR LARGER VERSION, takes approx 600 yds sport weight yarn

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Shawlette: 50" wide x 20" from top to bottom
  • Shawl wrap: 60" wide x 24" deep


  • US 6 / 4mm circular knitting needles

You Will Also Need:

  • 1 place marker
  • Blunt end yarn darning needle

Suggested yarn:

400 yards of Sport weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Cascade Yarns, UltraPima Fine 100% pima cotton

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