Islington by Mara Licole


April 2019
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in textured lace pattern, after blocking
US 6 - 4.0 mm
760 - 800 yards (695 - 732 m)
One Size (easily adjustable)
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Imagine exploring a picturesque borough in London. Spending your day popping in and out of quaint vintage shops on a street called Camden Passage, striking up conversations with locals, and imagining the stories of the people living in homes you stroll pass. Then, in the most appropriate way, you end the day eating dinner at a local pub that has huge windows that frame snapshots of life in motion. The textured lace and lofty garter border in this shawl capture the grandness, elegance, architecture, and undeniable beauty of Islington. The perfect tribute to my first trip to London.

Islington is knit from the center top down to create an easy to wear crescent shape that is versatile and very textured. It features wrapped lacey stitches framed by an irresistibly squishy garter stitch border. The cashmere blend yarn creates an extra soft, lofty, and drapery fabric. I included a chart and schematic in the pattern to provide helpful visual cues to supplement the written instructions.


  • fun wrapped stitch technique
  • textured
  • uses increases on back and front to create shaping
  • easily adjustable -- make it as small or big as you like
  • classic crescent shape for easier wear -- stays on your shoulders
  • pattern includes written instructions, charted instructions, and a schematic


Yarn: 760 yards | 695 meters of fingering weight yarn
If you would like to knit additional repeats for a larger size shawl, take care to reserve enough yarn for your border and consider having extra yarn on hand.

Sample Details:
I used 2 skeins of the Primo Fingering base from The Plucky Knitter; 75% Extra Fine Italian SW Merino, 20% Cashmere, 5% Nylon.

shown in color: Mighty Mac

Needles: US 6 | 4.00 mm, 32”| 80 cm circular for knitting flat
take care to use a size that gives the stated gauge or gauge you prefer.


  • cable needle, double pointed needled, or removable stitch maker (for holding stitches to be wrapped)
  • tapestry needle
  • optional waste yarn (for lifeline)

all gauge measurements taken over 4” | 10 cm, after blocking.

  • 24 stitches and 32 rows in textured lace pattern
  • 15 stitches and 48 rows in garter stitch

Sizes: One size, easily adjustable by adding additional repeats.

Finished Measurements:

  • Wingspan 64”| 163 cm
  • Depth 15”| 38 cm

For fit reference the model is approximately 5’ 3” | 162 cm tall

Happy knitting, from me to you! xo - mara licole

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