Madison Free Shawl Knitting Pattern


Madison Free Shawl Knitting Pattern

"Madison is one of our most popular free shawl knitting patterns by the designer Anni Howard and knitted in the the lovely peacock feather of Artesano Hand painted DK Alpaca and Wool Blend."


Knitting Needle Size7 or 4.5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles

Yarn Weight(3) Light/DK (21-24 stitches to 4 inches)

Gauge18 stitches, 22 rows, 4 inches. in fact, the tension is not important , just enjoy knitting your hearts out

Materials List

  • 6 x peacock Feather Artesano Handpainted DK alpaca and wool blend which is shipped internationally


  • 6 hanks of Artesano Hand-Painted DK Yarn - EZ71 Peacock Feather
  • 4.5mm straight and circular needles. (You will need the circular needle due to the large number of sts in the border)
  • Stitch markers

Tension: Tension not important

Sizing: 195 cm wide and 68 cm deep



Cast on 135 sts.
Commence honeycomb lace patt
Row 1 (RS): Purl.
Row 2: K2, *yo, skpo; rep from * to last 3 sts, yo, sk2po.
Row 3: Purl.
Row 4: K1, *yo, skpo; rep from * to last 3 sts, yo, sk2po.
Rep these 4 rows until 5 sts rem, ending with Row 1.
Next row: K2, yo, sk2po.
Next row: Purl.
Next row: K1, yo, sk2po.
Next row: Purl.
Next row: Sk2po.
Fasten off.


With RS facing, pu and k166 sts down row ends of straight edge of honeycomb lace, 1 st at corner (mark this st) and 166 sts along cast on edge. 333 sts
Row 1 (WS): Knit.
Row 2: K1, m1, k to marked st, m1, k1, m1, k to last st, m1, k1.
Rep these 2 rows 9 times more, then row 1 again. 373 sts
Next row: K3, [k1 winding yrn 3 times, p1 winding yrn needle 3 times, k1 winding yrn 3 times] all into next st, *k5, [k1 winding yrn 3 times, p1 winding yrn needle 3 times, k1 winding yrn 3 times] all into next st; rep from * to last 3 sts, k3.
Next row: K2tog, k1, k3 dropping extra loops, *k1, k3tog, k1, k3 dropping extra loops; rep from * to last 3 sts, k1, k2tog.
Cast off k-wise.
Pull each scallop in lacy edge out slightly to lengthen the sts.
Weave in ends.
Block to measurements given.



skpo = slip 1 st, knit 1 st, pass slipped stitch over
sk2po = slip 1 st, knit next 2 sts together, pass slipped stitch over


Madison Free Shawl Knitting Pattern

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How many yards of yarn does this pattern require?

Hi, booklady246! This pattern requires about 654 yards of yarn. Hope this helps! Happy knitting! -The Editors of AllFreeKnitting

hi so i just finished row 4 but im just a bit confused, very new to knitting, the instructions say ' Rep these 4 rows until 5 sts rem, ending with Row 1." but for how long do i do these rows? im still learning how to understand written patterns.. anyways help? thank you

You will follow the directions exactly, you will keep repeating the 4 rows until you only have 5 stitches left on the needle, when you follow the pattern, you are reducing the amount of stitches on the wrongside rows until, reducing each row until there are inly 5 stitches left, then continue in the pattern for the 5 remaining stitches. I know this is late, hope it helps someone, happy knitting.

I am in desperate need of some help I was very close to finishing the Madison Shawl Knitting Pattern when I knew that I made a mistake on Row but could not figure how I made the mistake Instead of ending up with only stitches at the end of Row I ended up with I didnt know what to do so I got rid of the extra stitch by doing this yo s s k pass the slipped stitches over Of course this did not work out br I followed the directions and cast on stitches br Row says to purl the entire row stitches remain br Row says to Knit the first stitches then yo skpo and repeat the sequence between the s until there are stitches remaining br My Problembr When I finished the last sequence of yo skpo there were stitches remaining not br On the last stitchesRead More you are supposed to do yo sk po thus using up the remaining stitches But there is still stitch remaining on the left needle when there should be none left I unravelled balls worth of knitting and started over I followed the instructions counting my stitches after casting on and completing Row purling the whole row br I continued on to Row following the directions exactly As I finished the last sequence of yo sKpo I still had stitches remaining instead of on my left needle br I have gone over this pattern again and again I finally decided to write down the number of stitches as if I were knitting the pattern and still I end up with stitches remaining at the end of Row I cant continue on with this pattern until someone tells me what I am doing wrong I bought the wool indicated in the pattern which was very expensive now Im stuck because I cant finish Row properly If anyone understands what I am trying to explain can you please advise me as to what I am doing wrong I would love to keep working on this shawl but I cant continue and its driving me insane The wool is beginning to look raggedy from all of the knitting unravelling knitting recounting etc br I am desperate so any advice offered to correct my work will be greatly appreciated br Thank You

Hi, its' not you, there is a mistake in the pattern, that row cannot possibly work out as written, after you do the knit 2 at the begging of the row, you have 133 stitches, which cannot be divided evenly by 3, which is what the stitch repeat is, so when you have 4 stitches left on the needle, the last stitch needs to be a knit 1 otherwise you will not have enough stitches to carry on with the pattern.

Did you make this shawl using this method.

I just got round to making this shawl again, disregard my previous comment, I confused the skpo with sk2po, the first one is 2 stitches and the second one is 3 stitches. to complete this row, think of it this way, the knit 2 at the beginning and the work to last 3 stitches use 5 of the 135 stitches on the needle, the yo, skpo use 2 stitches to complete that stitch pattern each time, so you are repeating the yo, skpo 65 times across that row, which will give you the exact stitch count of 135 stitches on the needle and the correct amount of stitches to carry on to the next row.

You'll have 134 stitches on the needle to work the next row, I meant to write you will have used the 135 stitches on the needle to move onto the next row. You are reducing 2 stitches every rows, so it will take 65 repeats of the 4 row pattern to get down to the 5 stitches before you are start the border.

I made this in the exact same yarn, a few years ago. I love it. Unfortunately the company is out of business.

Please also tell us what the abbreviation m1 stands for?

Hi jhm11434024198! M1 stands for "make 1." It's basically just an undetectable increase. To do this, all you have to do is find the piece of yarn in between the stitch that you just knit and the one you're about to knit. With your working needle, pick up this piece of yarn and transfer it to your left-hand needle. Then knit through the back of that stitch. This handy video that we made in collaboration with ChemKnits is a great way for visual learners to learn the M1 as well:

It stands for Make 1, an increase that is made by picking up the strand between the stitches and knitting it.

Should the K2 at the beginning of the rows be K2 tog. Since we are knitting 2tog at the end with the sk2po? It seems to me the shawl is not decreasing evenly on each side the way it is written. Please help. Thanks.

No, the knit 2 at the beginning of the row is the border, you don't increase or decrease in the border in knitting.

This is a lovely pattern but I can see where it would get a bit confusing. You really have to read it carefully. The yarn really makes a difference. I will have to find the correct yardage first before starting it. I have yarn now which would be perfect but do I have enough. Thank goodness you can "search" for all the information. Thank you for the pattern.

This shawl looks lovely. I love to read patterns written from someone in another country. The details are usually written just a bit differently but you always learn something. I will have to look at the yardage on this yarn. That is the only problem I have with this pattern. It is an unique shawl pattern and should look lovely when finished. Thank you.

Explain the next to last row please. I tried to accomplish the "k1 winding yrn 3 times, p1 winding yrn needle 3 times, k1 winding yrn 3 times" It seems everything would come off together in one large opening (all 9 wrapped) rather than the picture of the pattern. Need help!

When you go into the stitch to knit 1 and wrap yarn 2 times, do not remove left hand stitch, go back in purl wise and wrap yarn 3 times again, do not remove stitch from left needle, go back into the stitch knitwise and wrap the yarn around the needle 3 times, after the 3rd wrapped stitch allow the stitch on left hand needle to fall off as you normally would. At the end of this row you will have about 900 or so loops on your needles. After you complete the second row, the number of stitches will drop back down to approximately 33 stitches to complete the bind off.

when you go into the stitch to wrap 3 times-I wrote 2 times by mistake on first instruction, sorry.

Pattern will not download or print

Hello Vera R, if you click the "Print" button directly under the name of the pattern, you should be able to easily print the pattern. Hope this helps! -Editors of AllFreeKnitting

same challenge. And I am unable to find a "print" button anywhere. (

Hi Madalmu, at the bottom of the pattern (directly under the diagram), you will see a dark blue button that says"More." Click that button and you will see a button with a printer icon. Once you click the printer button, a print-friendly version of the pattern will appear. Hope this helps! -Editors of AllFreeKnitting

Very pretty. I just started knitting prayer shawls and love the honeycomb pattern. I wonder if you could leave off the edging and would it still look nice? Also, hand-painted yarn is a little expensive. Any suggestions on a less expensive brand? Thanks.

Susan, from the looks of it, you would need some kind of edging to keep the edge from curling. It might look good with a simple garter stitch edging or a broken rib anything that won't curl when it's bound off. I haven't tried it, so I'm not sure, I'm just going by reading the pattern. I don't know what other yarn would work, but if it were me, I'd go to a yarn store and just look. Surely there is something to substitute.

This is an extraordinary shawl knit in a beautiful wool and the secret is, its a simple repetitive pattern that grows smaller as you knit. For those of you unfamiliar with skpo there are some videos showing how to make this stitch on youtube. Just type SKPO into your browser search.


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