Fit for royalty (like you), the knit ruffle on this challenging knit shawl pattern makes it worth the hassle.
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This beautiful Princess Shawl from Red Heart Yarn was inspired by Princess William of Wales (or Catherine Duchess of Cambridge), who was seen wearing one very similar. A knitted shawl is a great fashion staple, as it's great to wear year round and can easily be dressed up or dressed down.
Knitting Needle Size8 or 5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles
Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)
Gauge19 sts = 4”; 19 rows = 4”. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needle to obtain the gauge.
Finished Size62” wide (measured across top edge) and 31” long (measured from center back neck to point). Ruffle adds 5” to length and width.
- RED HEART® “Soft Yarn®”: 4 balls 9523 Dark Leaf
- Knitting Needles: 5mm [US 8] circular needle, 32” long
- Stitch markers
- Yarn needle
- Removable split ring stitch markers (optional)
NOTE: Ruffle is worked in two pieces to keep the number of stitches on needle from becoming difficult to manage.
PATTERN STITCH (multiple of 4 sts):
Row 1 (Right Side): *K1, slip 1, k1, yo, pass slipped st over both knit st and yo, k1; repeat from * across.
Row 2: Purl. Repeat Rows 1 and 2 for pattern stitch.
Beginning at bottom point, cast on 5 sts.
Purl 1 wrong side row.
Row 1 (Right Side): K2, yo, k1, yo, k2—7 sts.
Row 2: Purl.
Row 3: K2, yo, knit to last 2 sts, yo, k2—9 sts.
Row 4: Purl.
Row 5: K2, yo, k2, yo, place marker, k1, place marker, yo, k2, yo, k2—13 sts.
Row 6: Purl, slipping markers as you come to them.
NOTE: The next four rows establish the pattern. Each Right Side row will begin K2, yo and end yo, k2. It may be helpful to mark the beginning and end of the first and last complete pattern repeats on each side of the marked center stitch using removable stitch markers.
Row 7: K2, yo, work Row 1 of Pattern Stitch to first marker, yo, slip marker, k1, slip marker, yo, work Row 1 of Pattern Stitch to last 2 sts, yo, k2—17 sts.
Row 8: Purl, slipping markers as you come to them.
Row 9: K2, yo, work Row 1 of Pattern Stitch to 2 sts before first marker, k2, yo, slip marker, k1, slip marker, yo, k2, work Row 1 of Pattern Stitch to last 2 sts, yo, k2—21 sts.
Row 10: Purl, slipping markers as you come to them.
Repeat Rows 7–10, until there are 285 sts on needle. End with a Wrong Side row. Bind off loosely, leaving last st on needle.
With Right Side facing and beginning at top left corner of shawl with remaining st on needle, pick up and knit 144 stitches across left edge to bottom point (145 sts on needle), place maker, pick up and knit 1 stitch in point, place marker, pick up and knit 145 sts across right edge of shawl, ending at top right corner— 291 sts. Slip markers as you come to them.
Row 1 (Wrong Side): P1, *yo, p1; repeat from * across—581 sts.
Row 2: Knit to first marker, yo, slip marker, k1, slip marker, yo, knit to end – 583 sts.
Row 3: Purl.
Repeat Rows 2 and 3 three more times.
Bind off loosely, leaving last st on needle.
With Right Side facing and beginning at top right edge with remaining st on needle, pick up and knit 8 sts across right side edge of Bottom Ruffle (9 sts on needle), pick up and knit 285 sts across top edge of shawl to top left corner of shawl, pick up and knit 9 sts across left side edge of Bottom Ruffle – 303 sts.
Row 1 (Wrong Side): P1, *yo, p1; repeat from * across – 605 sts.
Beginning with a knit row (Right Side), work 8 more rows in Stockinette st (knit on Right Side, purl on Wrong Side).
Bind off loosely.
Weave in ends. Wet block if desired.
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