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Ocean Elegance Shawl

Wrap yourself in a sea of calming blue and green hues while wearing this beautiful knit shawl pattern. The Ocean Elegance Shawl is a lacy wonder you'll love being able to say you made. This beautiful lace shawl pattern will keep novice knitters interested from cast on to cast off, but it's a fun piece for more advanced knitters as well. Wear the beauty of the sea around your neck with the gorgeous Ocean Elegance Shawl.


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® Boutique Unforgettable™: 2 balls of 3960 Tidal
  • Susan Bates® Circular Knitting Needles: 5 mm [US 8] – 24” (61 cm)


GAUGE: 14 sts = 4” (10 cm), 8 rows = 4” (10 cm) in Garter Stitch.

CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needles to obtain the gauge


Finished Size
54” (137 cm) wide x 18” (45.5 cm) long


cm = centimeter
K = knit
mm = millimeter
P = purl
st(s) = stitch(es)
tog = together
Yo = yarn over

Note: Stole is worked across the width.

Cast on 180 sts, loosely.
Row 1 (Right side): Knit across.
Rows 2-6: Knit across.
Row 7: (K1, Yo twice) across to last st, K1.
Row 8: (K1, drop 2 Yo off of left needle, Yo twice); repeat across to last st, K1.
Row 9: Knit across, dropping each Yo off of left needle.
Row 10: Knit across.
Row 11: (K1, P1) across.
Row 12: (P1, K1) across.
Rows 13-16: Repeat Rows 11 and 12.
Row 17: K1, (Yo, K2tog) across to last st, K1.
Row 18: Knit across.
Rows 19-22: Repeat Rows 17 and 18.
Repeat Rows 1-22 for Stole until piece measures approximately 18” (45.5 cm) long, ending by working Row 6 or 16.
Bind off all sts loosely in knit.


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How does 180 stitches make 18"? The note says you are knitting across the width, not across the length. English is a straange language when the long way can be called length (normal) or width (what???). This sounds like an interesting stitch pattern, whichever way you do it. Thank you for that.

It's not the that strange, it appears to be your understanding that is strange, the 180 stitches is the 54", not the 18", the 18" is achieved by working rows 1-22 for the width, the length is on the needles, so it is worked width wise. Happy knitting

Really love this pattern. It is so elegant and yet practical. The yarn is especially nice. I have used it before and the project came out beautifully. Even though the pattern is a 22 row repeat it seems easy enough to finish in good time. Looking forward to starting this one.

Call it Indian Ocean Wrap or Ocean Elegance Shawl, it doesn't matter by either name you will have a beautiful scarf or shawl. Another fascinating pattern and project from - cannot thank you enough for the ideas and projects you introduce on these pages, especially for the new skills you introduce and the ideas we are able to introduce into other projects

Love this pattern. I'm a beginner at knitting, never used circular knitting needles, at the end of each row do I turn the knitting needles or is there some other way of marking the end of each row / beginning of new row? -)

Hi JiggleBaby501, I like to mark the right and wrong side of my fabric when knitting any project where the inside and outside can be confused. To do this I tie a piece of ribbon to a safety pin or a stitch holder, and place that on the right side of the fabric. Its easy to move closer to the needles and I add rows to my project. When using circular needles for a flat piece, you do switch the position of the needles when you reach the end of the row. Hope that helps.

In this case you are using the circular needles to accommodate the large number of stitches, you are working flat, so you will flip/turn after each row, so there is really no reason to mark the beginning or end of a row, you will need to use a row counter or a pen and paper to keep track of which row you are on.

Love this pattern. I'm a beginner at knitting, never used circular knitting needles, at the end of each row do I turn the knitting needles or is there some other way of marking the end of each row / beginning of new row? -)

There is no marker necessary this pattern is not knit in the round, you are knitting back and forth on circular needles as if knitting on straights, the circular is just being used to accommodate the large number of stitches. 180 stitches wouldn't fit on your average straight needles.

Not only do I love the name, but the various shades of blues and greens are fabulous.

This is beautiful. I would like to make this longer for a larger person. How many would I cast on? Thank you!

I'm a relatively new knitter and I'm interested in making it. I'm not sure why you have to use circular needles, though. Do you cast on the 180, then flip the needles around at the end of each row? Can I make it using regular straight needles? Thanks.

You are using circular needles as straight needles here, a rather common practice when knitting large garments, you could use regular straights, but I suspect it would be difficult to find ones that long to hold that many stitches and even if you did, the stitches will be bunched up while knitting , so your stitch definition and texture could be lost. Hope this helps someone.

I'm interested in making this shawl. I'm a relatively new knitter, but I was just wondering why this is knit using circular needles, since it's not a cowl/infinity scarf. I'm not sure how it would work. Do you cast on the 180, then flip the needles around at the end of each row?

The circular needle is being used to accommodate the large number of stitches, remember the cast on is 180 stitches, they're just not going to fit on a pair of straight needles.

I need photos, video? to see how rows 8 and 9 work for the Ocean Elegance Shawl. I really want to knit this. Please help. Sincerely, Debbie McNeil

Row 8: *K1, drop 2 Yo off of left needle, Yo twice; repeat across to last st, K1.-on this row you will be dropping the yo's worked on the previous row off the needle without working them, but you are also creating new ones for the next row. Row 9: Knit across, dropping each Yo off of left needle.-on this row you just knit and drop all the yo's created on the previous row off without working them. I know its a little late, but hope it helps.

Row 8 "drop 2 yo off needle" are the stitched transferred to the right needle or completely dropped leaving them unworked?

They are dropped off the needle, so do not work them. This is what is going to form the eyelets all the way across. Hope this helps.

this is lovely! i crochet right-handed but would love to learn how to knit!


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