Miss Potter

This shawl combines simple stockinette with a touch of texture and a deep garter ruffle. It is knit from the top down and can be knit with a straight top edge or with curving ends. The size of the shawl will depend on the amount of yarn you have, as you knit to a certain point with half of your yarn. The measurements given are for four balls (700 m) of Felted Tweed at the specified gauge. Choosing not to knit the curved ends will give you a slightly deeper shawl with the same yardage. Yarn with some alpaca is recommended for drape. The textured band will show up better in a lighter color.

Note: Felted Tweed is classified as a DK weight yarn, but many find it knits up more like sport weight.

Finished measurements: approximately 137 cm wide and 66 cm deep, easily modified

Gauge: 17 stitches to 10 cm in stockinette on smaller needles. Gauge is not critical but will affect the size and meterage required

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, textured shawl
  • Schematic included
  • Suitable for advanced beginners

Materials you need at home:

  • Four balls of Rowan Felted Tweed DK (175 m per ball), for a total of 700 m
  • 3.75 mm/US 5 and 5.0 mm/US 8 needles, or sizes needed to obtain gauge with smaller needles. Texture stitch is worked on needles three sizes up from the rest of the shawl. You may want several different cable lengths to accommodate the shawl as it grows
  • 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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