Lolo Shawl by Rickie van Berkum

Lolo Shawl

March 2013
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 38 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch (gauge is not critical)
US 3 - 3.25 mm
800 - 850 yards (732 - 777 m)
adult size
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This is a short-row shawl pattern that uses two colors of yarn, and is knit side to side, from point to point. It is all done in garter stitch. The pattern includes detailed instructions with many photos to explain how to do short-rows, and hints for changing yarn colors smoothly. It is appropriate for adventurous advanced beginners. The instructions are written, no chart.

Lolo Shawl is named after the Lolo National Forest that surrounds my home in western Montana.

The shape of the shawl wraps easily and comfortably around your neck, and stays in place. The pattern is written for fingering weight yarn, but can easily be adapted for any weight yarn, including hand spun. The red and blue shawl at left is knit with lace weight yarn.

The pattern is easy to memorize, so this is a great project for travel or while watching TV or listening to audiobooks.

The finished shawl (see photo with arrows) measures ~32” across (yellow arrow) and 11” deep (red arrow). It uses 2 100g skeins of fingering weight yarn. Larger or smaller shawls and different yarn weights will require different quantities of yarn.

Lolo Shawl is equally effective with 2 subtly different colors or 2 contrasting colors. The green shawl was knit with one skein of 50/50 Merino/Silk yarn and one skein of 80/20 Merino/Nylon sock yarn for an interesting textural contrast. All shawls shown in the images were knit with variegated yarns.

I have corrected two errors in the pattern: 1) I fixed the pagination error (no longer two page 5’s), and 2) I corrected an error the section at the bottom of page 3 entitled “Second Set of Garter Ridge Stripes with Increases.”