Esther Belle Shawl by Fibretown Designs

Esther Belle Shawl

October 2015
23 stitches and 25 rows = 4 inches
in See pattern notes below for complete gauge and yardage requirements
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
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The Esther Belle Shawl is named after my Great-Grandmother, a sassy, practical and compassionate woman who was always stylish. The circular motif employs pi shawl shaping then branches out on either side as wings that stay easily on your shoulders. Choose a monochromatic look, or opt for a coordinating edge color. Esther Belle is knit in four sections and the yarn is broken only once. Techniques to keep your interest include incorporated icord, both circular and flat knitting, a feather and fan edging, the pinhole cast-on and the Russian bind-off.


Sport weight version:

Copper Corgi Jones Street Sport (Alpaca/superwash merino/silk blend) in the lemongrass colorway, 2 skeins of 350 yds (320 m) each

Fingering weight version:

2 skeins Copper Corgi Savannah Sock (sw merino, 460yds) either in the same colorway or in coordinating colorways (pictured are Inkwell and Playing in Puddles/Spanish Moss). Blue/yellow shawl was knit using 2 skeins Dragonfly Fibers Djini in starry night (420 yds, 1.4 skeins used) and approx. 60 grams of scrap yarn for border.


67/57” wingspan, 25/20” deep.


Sport weight version:
23 stitches, 25 rows per 4”/10cm after blocking

Fingering weight version:
22 stitches, 36 rows per 4”/10cm after blocking.

Needles: US 6 (4.0 mm) circular needle with a 40” or longer cord for circular section of shawl. A second set of needles (US 6) is optional for working back and forth. (The circular needle can hold live stitches during a portion of the pattern)

Notions: stitch markers, tapestry needle, scrap yarn

Many thanks to my test knitter/tech editor/BT mommy extraordinaire, NatashaLeBlanc! Thanks also to the other amazing and patient test knitters: espressoknitter and sarahjg2. Kudos to Heather Love and mereoshop for their stunning photography. Many, many thanks.