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Romancing the Shawl

I love big, chunky shawls. There's nothing better than wrapping one around your body and feeling it envelop your back, shoulders, and arms. The Romancing the Shawl is one of those special shawls I'm talking about. This easy knit shawl pattern is the perfect combination of style and comfort. It features a rustic, tribal-inspired design accentuated by beautiful, warm colors perfect for fall. Is it better than a significant other? Maybe. One thing is for sure: you'll fall in love with the Romancing the Shawl every time you put it on.


Knitting Needle Size9 or 5.5 mm

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


  • RED HEART® Boutique™ Magical™: 3 balls of 1101 Crystal Ball.
  • Susan Bates® Knitting Needles: 5.5 mm [US 9].

GAUGE: 15 sts = 4” (10 cm), 20 rows = 4” (10 cm) in Pattern Stitch. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needles to obtain the gauge.

cm = centimeters
K = knit
mm = millimeter
P = purl
st(s) = stitch(es)
tog = together.

Special Stitches
PSSO = Pass Slipped Stitch Over – Insert the left needle into the front of the slipped stitch, passing it over the previously worked stitch and off the needle (1 stitch decrease).


Cast on 55 sts.
Row 1 (Right side): Knit across.
Repeat Row 1 for Top Edging until piece measures approximately 1” (2.5 cm) from cast on end, ending by working a right side row.

Row 1 (Wrong side): K3, purl across to last 3 sts, K3.
Row 2: K4, *yo, K4, slip 1 as if to knit, K2tog, PSSO, K4, yo, K1; repeat from * across to last 3 sts, K3.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 for pattern until piece measures approximately 55” (140 cm) from cast on edge or to desired length, ending by working Row 2.

Bottom Edging
Row 1 (Right side): Knit across.
Repeat Row 1 for Bottom Edging until piece measures approximately 56” (142 cm) from cast on end.
Bind off all sts in knit.

Finished Size: 15” (38 cm) wide x 56” (142 cm) long.

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a shawl maybe, but what a striking scarf it could be too! There is something about this project that draws one in and says, Knit me. Have to see if we can buy this yarn here -- takes so long to order and have it sent and I always want to do things now --

Simply love the shawl! It does not only looks great but seems cozy as well. The two-row pattern should not be hard to knit after the first couple of rows. I am excited to try the yarn used for this shawl - I have not used this yarn ever before and would love to see how if pattern comes out as shown.

i got the exact yarn and am following the instructions. It is coming out just like the picture. Well aside from my mistakes. Its gorgeous!!!!

i like the colours in the picture too, what is the right pattern for it please?

OK - I looked the pattern up on the site and it says the colour strips are in the yarn. I've never known self-striping to come out this exact. Has anyone tried this yarn?

I don't think these are the instructions for the shawl in the photo - or at any rate they are not complete because there is nothing about the colour pattern. Please supply instructions for this - I would love to knit the shawl in this colourway.

There is no colour pattern, its in the yarn. if you knit to gauge the stripe pattern does come out pretty exact.


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