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Comfort Shawl

Jun 4, 2007
Views: 140,821
Downloads: 12,966
Comments: 14
File Size: 252kB

Designer: Sandi Wiseheart
Published: June 5, 2007
Technique: Lace
Skill Level: Intermediate

Sandi Wiseheart needed to knit a shawl, but it couldn’t be a fancy shawl, it had to be a practical, working woman’s shawl for a friend who was undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer. Sandi decided to start with a good thing and make it even better: she took the basic design of the popular Summer Lace Shawlette (Interweave Knits, Summer 2006), and then made it longer and wider. She also eliminated the back lace panels to make the shawl faster and easier to knit. The result: a beautiful shawl that stays put on your shoulders and can be worn comfortably from doctor’s office to treatment room, and then even out to tea afterwards with a friend to celebrate life and strength. The shoulder shaping, based on the clever shawls from the women of the Faroese Isles, is easy and adds graceful vertical lines; the single row of lace blossoms at the bottom of the shawl symbolizes healing and hope (and can be omitted for an even simpler shawl). This shawl is for Kathryn, and for Shawneen, and for all cancer warriors everywhere.

The Summer Shawlette pattern is also available on Knitting Daily!

Finished Size: 60” around lower edge and 15½” long from back of neck to lower edge, after blocking.

Yarn: Filatura di Crosa Zarina (100% extrafine merino wool; 181 yd (165 m)/50 g): #1462 light blue, 3 balls.

Needles: Size 10 (6 mm): 24” circular (cir). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions: Size J/10 (6 mm) crochet hook; smooth waste yarn; markers (m); removable markers or safety pins; tapestry needle.

Gauge: 18 sts and 28 rows = 4” in St st, after blocking.

Skill Level: Intermediate.

Shawl Shaping

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Allieknits wrote
on Dec 3, 2009 2:12 PM

Another suggestion:

Read through the pattern for the Summer Shawlette, from which the Comfort Shawl was derived,

(It's contained in the "Sweet Somethings" PDF file:  )

and see if the original instructions for Row 35 make better sense. Perhaps something was lost in translation from one pattern to the other?

Please let us know if you find anything helpful.

Allieknits wrote
on Dec 3, 2009 1:53 PM

@Rebecca from San Diego: Based on the photos of completed shawls on Ravelry, it is not a mistake, but a design element that is repeated symmetrically on the other back "seam." On the other hand, many knitters didn't seem to like the look, so they used a double open stitch for all four "seams" instead of decreasing to one in the back.

@SnowApple: So far I've never seen Knitting Daily staff EVER respond to reader comments; instead, they leave it to the readers to help each other. I've been looking on Ravely to see if any of the knitters have commented on Row 35, but I haven't found any yet. To date there are 159 people who've knitted or are knitting it, so it may take me a while.  :-)

SnowApple wrote
on Oct 20, 2009 8:18 AM

I'm certainly glad I read all the comments before I started knitting this shawl. So many knitters having problems @ row 35, asking questions and being left to shift for themselves. Is help coming from Knitting Daily?

knitter417 wrote
on Aug 29, 2009 5:23 PM
StacyS wrote
on Mar 29, 2009 9:43 AM
I would like to make this , but would like an answer to all the queries first. Is one coming?
Jazzyspinner wrote
on Mar 11, 2009 6:30 PM
Has anyone resolved the problem with this pattern? I'm about to start a shawl and it could be this one if someone has the problem solved. Bev
doris@4 wrote
on Oct 9, 2008 3:23 PM

I do not understand the double decrease on row 35.  Will someone help me.


Remington4 wrote
on Sep 6, 2008 5:14 AM

Yes, the double decreases are very difficult to do in a manner that looks nice.  My shawl ended up being "puckered" down the back shoulder line due to this method of stitching, and I couldn't even flatten it in the blocking.  If I ever make this shawl again, I'd definitely knit this part differently so that it lays better, because it is indeed a fabulous garment.  I LOVE the "collar" and am incorporating that into a baby sweater that I'm designing!

on Aug 30, 2008 3:44 AM

I made this shawl for a friend of mine who is undergoing chemo ( for the 64th time! she says). She was just thrilled to receive it. She stated that she had never heard of such a thing!  I was pleased to be able to make such a wonderful gift for her. I am about to embark on another shawl. This one will be a donation to my local Cancer Center.  Keep up the good work

StephanieB@5 wrote
on Aug 14, 2008 4:24 PM

Help needed on Row 35 also!

VonnieG wrote
on Aug 7, 2008 5:14 PM

Well, at least I'm not alone here!  I'm having trouble at this point in my shawl also.  Is the center shoulder stitch the area where there are two markers one stitch apart from each other?  It' is mentioned in Row 5, but there are no mention of markers being moved or removed in the instructions for Row 35.

Did the rest of you resolve this problem yet?

AmandaM wrote
on Jul 15, 2008 6:48 PM

I love this shawl, it is also the most challenging project for me to date.  I too am on row 35 and struggling to understand the first double decrease.  Is there a way to get more clarification?  

JanetK@2 wrote
on Jul 14, 2008 5:19 PM

On row 35 the pattern says to knit to 1 st before center shoulder stitch.  This is not mentioned anywhere in the pattern - which stitch is it?

Rebecca@6 wrote
on Jun 5, 2008 1:04 PM

I love the shawl and specially the shape. I only have one question. That open stitch down the back shows either an error on the pattern or did you start off wider and halfway changed it to more narrow open stitch.

Also thank you so much for sharing your patterns.

Rebecca from San Diego CA.