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Summer Shawlette

May 16, 2007
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Designer: Sandi Wiseheart
Published: May 17, 2007
Technique: Lace
Skill Level: Intermediate

I’ve always been fascinated by Faroese shawls, those lovely, winglike garments devised by the women of the Faroe Islands over a hundred years ago. These shawls drape gracefully over your shoulders; their ingenious shoulder shaping ensures that they stay in place as you move about. This shawlette is easier to knit than you might think, and the yarn is more wonderful to work with and to wear than you can imagine.

The Comfort Shawl, a similar Faroese Isle design is also available on Knitting Daily!

Finished Size: 60" around lower edge and 151⁄2" long from back of neck to lower edge, after blocking.

Yarn: Jade Sapphire Mongolian Cashmere 4-Ply (100% cashmere; 155 yd (141 m)/55 g): lupine (periwinkle), 2 skeins.

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: 16 sts and 25 rows = 4" in St st, after blocking.

Skill Level: Intermediate.

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carotango wrote
on Dec 9, 2009 7:04 AM


I love this shawl also. But I absoluteley do not understand the beginning. Is the neckband part of the shawl or is it just to tie it together? Who can help me?

Caroline from Berlin

rileydaisy wrote
on Sep 24, 2009 3:56 PM

This is beautiful. i think I shall try and make a longer version. Thank you for sharing your pattern with me Bev

gottaknit@2 wrote
on Sep 14, 2009 7:24 AM

In my knitting group there are several members who are making the shawlette but there is on member who is on her 8th one making them for holiday gifts. The shawlette is so beautiful.

Jan@269 wrote
on Jun 24, 2009 5:01 PM

I just love this pattern.  The details tell me everything I need to know and it's turning out just perfect.  I love having the stitch count too, so I know right away if I missed a YO.  Thanks so much for a great design.

on May 9, 2009 12:14 PM
Hello, I knitted three or three different colors of the summer shawlete, when the pattern came out. It is beautiful, stays perfectly on the shoulders. People ask me where I bought it, because it is exactly what they want to wear. I love them, Thank you for so beautiful pattern. Miche from P. Quebec.
on Mar 26, 2009 3:23 AM
This looks to be a lovely shawl, but is there anyway of making it smaller for children, as I ahve been asked to find a shawl for two young girls to go with their bridesmaid dresses. Can anyone help?
JoAnn@2 wrote
on Mar 14, 2009 4:33 PM
Is there anyone that can help me get this printed darker? My old eyes have trouble reading grey print. Thank you in advance. JoAnn
Yogaknitter wrote
on Sep 26, 2008 2:32 PM

Is anyone here to respond to these questions? Is there another place to go for help?

sewlee wrote
on Sep 26, 2008 1:57 PM

Who if anyone responds to these questions?

sewlee wrote
on Sep 24, 2008 1:34 PM


It would be nice to know what size this summer shawlette will be.  

Is it a child's pattern, or is it for an adult?

LaLa wrote
on Sep 17, 2008 4:25 AM

Beginning knitter, this is my first upgrade from blankets and booties and scarves! I think I can do it, but was wondering what the pattern means when it says

to "work so selvage at end of row is uppermost" and the next instructions are "bring yarn to the front. Skipping first slipped selvage st closest to needle"

Just starting and already lost?

Maxermoo wrote
on Sep 14, 2008 4:53 PM

Apparently this is a very popular pattern with some's another Ravelry link.  There's even one example where she added beads for a matron of honor!

I love knitting lacy things and this would be perfect for my over-air-conditioned office.  So for all of you who wanted more pics, enjoy!

SherrieB wrote
on Sep 13, 2008 4:26 PM

I found a pic on flickr when I googled "summer shawlette flickr.  Very pretty

Mara wrote
on Sep 12, 2008 7:49 PM

SandyJ pm means place marker.  I hope that helps!

SandyJ wrote
on Sep 12, 2008 7:24 PM

I would like to make this swalette for my daughter's wedding in one month. I am having trouble proof reading the pattern. I do not understand the "pm" in the Row 1 direction.Also Row 4 for example says:" sl m, p11, pm, p19  etc. I assume the slm is slip marker but I do not understand what pm is??Thank you for any help you can give me.

SheilaJ wrote
on Sep 11, 2008 12:19 PM

Thanks, Jenn.  I signed up to become a member.  Looks like it might take a while.  I look forward to the pics.  Sheila

JenniferL wrote
on Sep 11, 2008 8:26 AM

Some good pictures (front and clearer one of lace pattern on the back) are on Ravelry, but you need to sign in as a member.  Links below.  (Might need to copy and paste if links don't work)


SheilaJ wrote
on Sep 11, 2008 7:20 AM

Very Nice...but why would you not post a photo of the front???  I think this is a mistake that should not be repeated judging from the comments posted. Sheila

carol wrote
on Sep 11, 2008 6:27 AM

I have never tried a shawl but I will try this one.  I am a short person, and this may be better than a long one.  carol

Patr Kitchen wrote
on Sep 11, 2008 2:48 AM

Looks nice and light to carry around for when I go on holiday, European churches (I live in England) like your shoulders to be covered.  So this is definitely one I will make - I usually carry a shawl around with me, but it can be bulky and bits fall out of the bag.  Patr

SherryCole53 wrote
on Sep 10, 2008 10:50 PM

I haven't knitted this yet but I'd suggest a quick peek at the free shawl pattern called "Comfort Shawl" for a front view. This pattern may have, or not, a more lacier look but the drape is there. It shows the way it flows over the shoulders and the edges come to a sort of point.

Happy knitting.

Sherry in Seattle - where it is summer again!

Betty BJ wrote
on Sep 10, 2008 7:24 PM

Yes, that shawlette is beautiful.

Well, there are more Bettys... I wonder how many...

BettyJ is the one who's knitted this - love to see the pic.

I'm Betty BJ - I haven't knitted this - yet  :)

Once again, a wonderful freebie from Knitting Daily - thank you :)

Take care,

Betty BJ in Ontario - who's not yet knit this pattern...

imalulu wrote
on Sep 10, 2008 6:22 PM

PLeeeeeease, someone please, post a photo of the front.

ChristineT@2 wrote
on Sep 10, 2008 3:56 PM

Lovely!  I'm working up some handspun this pattern would suit very well.  Thank you for posting it.

MargaretR wrote
on Sep 10, 2008 3:37 PM

I second NancyC's request

NancyC@2 wrote
on Sep 10, 2008 2:48 PM

Very pretty, but is it possible for you to send a photo of the front, Sandi?  Or could Betty J. send a photo of the front and her longer version?  Thank you!

Zaz wrote
on Sep 10, 2008 12:12 PM

Betty, that is SO nice. can you share photos?

BettyJ wrote
on Sep 10, 2008 11:17 AM

bpj: I have made three from this pattern. One short and the other 2 much longer. They are so pretty and I always am asked did you make that? I can't believe it, is what they say when I say yes.

TinaB wrote
on Sep 10, 2008 10:22 AM

It is very pretty... but it is always good to see both front and back!

GraceB wrote
on Jul 20, 2008 11:27 PM

Is there a way to make this longer?? thank you.

CatR wrote
on Jun 7, 2008 8:13 AM

What a pretty little cape-like shawl! I worry that I won't be able to gracefully wear a shawl, so maybe this is a good one for starting off with.