Litchfield Shawl

Single-ply fingering weight yarn knit on larger needles produces a lovely gauzy fabric that makes this a great summer shawl - perfect for a walk on the beach in the early morning or evening.

Most of the shawl is plain stockinette with decreases at each side and in the middle; one row out of 20 has short-rows and requires a bit of attention! Knit from the bottom up, you pick up speed as you go and there is no long cast off – just one final double decrease and you’re done!

Knit it as shown in three colors, or use as many as you like.

If you’ve never done or are not comfortable with short-rows, try my free Lizard Ridge dishcloth pattern as a practice piece.

Finished measurements: approximately 178 cm wide and 94 cm deep

Gauge: 18 stitches and 30 rows to 10 cm in blocked stockinette (larger needles)

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 simple, wavy shawl in multiple colors
  • Suitable for advanced beginners

Materials you need at home:

  • Three colors of fingering weight yarn 285 m of color 1, 315 m of color 2, and 105 m of an accent color, for a total of 705 m. Sample shown was knit in Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light
  • 3.75 mm/US 5 and 4.5 mm/US 7 circular needles, or size needed to obtain gauge. A longer cable is better at the start; you may want to switch to shorter circulars as the number of stitches decreases
  • Stitch markers (1 color/style to denote the center of the shawl, and 14 others)
  • 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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