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The Comfort Shawl

Striped knit triangular shawl


Various oddments from your stash and needles to suit. You can use absolutely anything from the finest linen to the glitziest, fuzziest novelty yarn imaginable!

I used 500 metres (550 yards) of Aussie 12 ply mohair (US worsted weight, slightly finer than bulky) and 10mm needles to make a 6ft wide shawl.


Any gauge to suit your yarn.

I like: Fingering weight cotton or linen on 5mm needles for a super light summer shawl or Aussie 12 ply mohair (US worsted weight, slightly finer than bulky) on 10mm needles for a cozy winter wrap.


K = knit
yo = yarn over


First of all, a quick explanation for my fellow “visual” learners 🙂

We are going to:

Knitted shawl diagram

Knitted shawl diagram


Knitted shawl diagram

Cast on 3 sts and place a marker in the center stitch (a piece of contrast yarn threaded through the stitch will do nicely, you won’t need it once you have the pattern established).

1st row: (K1, yo) twice, k1

2nd row: knit

3rd row: (K1, yo) four times, k1

4th row: knit

5th row: K1, yo, K until you reach the centre stitch (don’t knit the centre stitch yet), yo, knit 1, yo, k to the last st, yo, k1

6th row: Knit

Repeat rows 5 and 6 until your shawl measures:

12 – 16 inches wide for a head scarf
4 ft wide for a shoulder shawl or
The recipient’s height for a full size shawl. For example, I’m 6ft tall so my shawl is 6ft wide across the top.


Darn in all loose ends and add a fringe if desired.

For a head scarf, make a twisted cord 30 – 34 inches long and thread it through the eyelets across the top of the scarf.

Copyright Sarah Bradberry July 20th 2004. All rights reserved.