In the midst of several demanding knits, I craved garter stripes, simple eyelets, and picots. It had to be almost mindless, easy to put down and pick up so that I could squeeze it in among other things, and be appropriate for using a variegated yarn with a couple of supporting solids. All these things make this shawl great vacation knitting!

If you want a really mindless knit, this pattern includes a separate pdf with row-by-row instructions which includes stitch counts for every row. You can simply check off each row as you knit it. The row numbers are consistent between the two formats, so you can switch from one to the other at any point.

Finished measurements: approximately 178 cm across and 38 cm deep

Gauge: 20 stitches to 10 cm in 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 textured openwork shawl
  • Supplemental row-by-row instructions, including stitch counts for each row
  • Suitable for advanced beginners

Materials you need at home:

  • Approximately 595 m of fingering weight yarn: 65 m of color 1 (pale gray in sample), 370 m of color 2 (yellow-green in sample), and 160 m of color 3 (darker gray in sample). Sample was knit in Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light (single-ply superwash merino fingering)
  • 3.5 mm/US 4 needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
  • 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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