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Three colors of fingering weight yarn are used to create a bent rectangular wrap full of stripes and angles. The slight bend makes it curve nicely around your shoulders. It’s not nearly as complicated to make as it looks - just one color at a time and some short rows and decreases here and there. Instructions are given line-by-line and can simply be checked off as you go.

Skills needed: long-tail cast-on, decreasing, short rows, picking up stitches (for side borders only)

Finished measurements: see schematic in photos

Gauge: 22 stitches and 44 rows to 10 cm in lightly blocked garter stitch

Note: Though conversions to the metric system have been made on this page for your convenience, the pattern itself uses American measurements.


  • Knitting pattern for graphic garter stitch shawl/wrap
  • Schematic, in-progress photos, and row-by-row instructions included
  • Suitable for advanced beginners

Materials you need at home:

  • Three colors of fingering weight yarn: 375 m of light, 295 m of medium, and 275 m of dark for a total of 945 m. Sample was knit in Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light, a superwash merino single-ply
  • 3.75 mm/US 5 needles, or size needed to obtain gauge. A circular with a 60 cm cable or longer is recommended
  • Two stitch markers
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
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Laura Aylor

If ‘knitting designer’ had been one of the job choices for those aptitude tests they give you in high school, I wouldn’t have spent so many years trying to decide what I wanted to be when I grew up. My best subject in high school was math; my best classes in college were logic, drawing, and a commercial art class. After careers in computer programming/analysis and child-rearing, knit design snuck up on me, but I think it’s the perfect use of my odd skill set! I love every step of the process, from figuring out how to actually make what I’ve envisioned to putting the finishing touches on a pattern, not to mention all the knitting that comes in between!

I also love reading and hiking and spending time on Brier Island in Nova Scotia every summer.

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