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Knit Kate’s Simple and Beautiful Shawl

This simple shawl highlights the color and texture of unique yarns like naturally colored cotton.

Kate Larson Jun 1, 2023 - 2 min read

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Kate's Simple and Beautiful Shawl celebrates unique yarns with an easily memorized pattern. Photos by Kate Larson

With a simple construction, this asymmetrical garter-and-lace shawl is the ultimate comfort knitting. There's no need to match an exact gauge—just cast on a few stitches and work the triangular pattern until it reaches the desired length. (Want to know if you'll have enough yarn? Take Rita Buchanan’s advice).

For her shawl, Kate used the traditional Shetland edging pattern called Brand Iron (from The Magic of Lace Knitting by Elizabeth Lovick), but any garter-stitch lace edging will do. Try Hilton Lace or another favorite pattern.

Learn about naturally colored cotton in “Cotton Comes in More than White!”

Work the easy-to-remember garter-stitch lace pattern as you go for a delicate edging on this hearty shawl.


Yarn Any yarn that gives the desired fabric when worked in garter stitch.

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Kate Larson is editor of Spin Off Magazine.