Isobel Shawlette by Hayley Wynne

Isobel Shawlette

October 2013
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
17 stitches and 33 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 5 - 3.75 mm
400 - 450 yards (366 - 411 m)
one size, customizable
Flag of English English
This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

In college I began writing a screenplay about the zombie apocalypse, as you do. Isobel is the main character, a young woman who is at once angry, grieving, and deeply concerned with right and wrong. I have always had a very clear picture of her in my mind, and tried to capture what I see with this shawl: someone who starts out rather straight forward, but quickly shifts to something more complex.

The shawl itself is very simple, however. Using only knits, purls, and basic increases, I think it would make an excellent first pattern for someone looking to venture away from scarves and other rectangles. It is also a good pattern to use with gradient dyed yarns.

Please note that the sample used very nearly the entire skein; if you are a cautious knitter or want to make it bigger, I would recommend having extra yardage on hand.

Finished size: 51.5” wingspan x 26” at deepest point, after blocking


  • 400 yds. fingering weight yarn
  • 24” US 5 (3.75mm) circular needle
  • 3 stitch markers
  • tapestry needle for weaving in ends

October 9, 2013 - There was a mistake on Row 3 of the Set Up section, which has been corrected. Please make sure you have the file named “isobelpattern1.2.pdf” as it is the corrected version.

October 19, 2013 - Another mistake fixed. The directions for Row 7 of the second texture pattern were missing and have been added. Please make sure you have the file named “isobelpattern1.3.pdf” as it is the latest version.