Kate's Ruffled Shawl


A royal treat! This adorable knit shawl pattern was inspired by a similar item worn by the beloved Kate Middleton. Kate's Ruffled Shawl is a fun shawl to throw on for a quick errand or whenever you feel like looking a little more polished. This knit ruffle shawl looks great in green (as seen on Kate), but another solid color would be just as charming. Cute and completely versatile, this pattern is a great project for the intermediate knitter looking to master the ruffled hem technique.


Knitting Needle Size8 or 5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)


  • RED HEART® “Soft Yarn®”: 4 balls 9523 Dark Leaf.
  • Knitting Needles: 5mm [US 8] circular needle, 32” long.
  • Stitch markers
  • Removable split ring stitch markers (optional)
  • Yarn needle

GAUGE: 19 sts = 4”; 19 rows = 4”. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needle to obtain the gauge.

k = knit
st(s) = stitch(es)
yo = yarn over
* = repeat whatever follows the * as indicated.

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.

Bottom Ruffle
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.

Top Ruffle
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.

Shawl measures 62” wide (measured across top edge) and 31” long (measured from center back neck to point). Ruffle adds 5” to length and width.


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I am printing this pattern out now and including it with the yarn I have that would be perfect. I do that a lot, match the pattern with the yarn and just keep it in a separate bag so I have everything ready when I want to begin it. I have this beautiful pink mohair yarn which will look perfect. I really like the ruffles. I have always been a "ruffles girl" so this will fit in. Spring is coming and this will be lovely. Easy pattern to do and the ruffles just add to it. Thank you!

Can this pattern be made with a fingering weight yarn, like superwash merino? Want to make it but worsted iweight is just too hot.

It could be done in that yarn weight, you have two options to do it, use the fingering weight yarn with the appropriate needles and follow the pattern as written, it will come out much smaller than the project pattern indicates or to get it to this size in the yarn weight, alter the pattern by doing more increases in the increase section, to match the size indicated for the pattern. The pattern repeat is 4, so if you alter the pattern make sure your stitches are divisible by 4 in order for the size to come out to your liking. The biggest challenge will be the ruffle, you will have substantially more stitches on your needle if you make to size with smaller yarn. Hope this helps.

I love the look of this pattern. I wear ponchos and shawls all the time, mainly because you can never tell when it will be just a tad bit too cool where ever you are at. Plus I love the ruffles around the edges it makes the shawl look a little dressier.

How many yard, please, in "4 balls"???? I don't guess I expect an answer - since the previous question is 2 1/2 years old and still isn't answered. Ah well. It was a thought.

Jeeze, just look it up. How lazy do you have to be? According to the Red Heart web site there are 256 yards in a skein of Red Heart "Soft". If you need someone to do the math for you too, that would be 1024 yards total.

Honestly some people need everything handed to them and just are plain lazy, too lazy to look up the yarn on a search engine!

I was wondering can this be converted into crochet?

I was wondering the same thing, while I do knit I am much more comfortable crocheting. I do believe it would be easily converted to crochet using the single crochet stitch and doing multiple stitches together in the trim. While I say that I have no idea! I do know you can probably find a crochet pattern and there are lots of tutorials on how to make the edging.


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