Quixotic Shawl by Petra Breakstone

Quixotic Shawl

March 2017
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in Garter Stitch
US 4 - 3.5 mm
0.75 mm
910 - 940 yards (832 - 860 m)
One Size
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Quixotic shawl

Then name Quixotic:
quixotic “kwɪksotik”
Possessing or acting with the desire to do noble and romantic deeds, without thought of realism and practicality; exceedingly idealistic. Impulsive, like Don Quixote; romantic to extravagance; absurdly chivalric; apt to be deluded.

A shawl in a bold look and European flare that is a bit of “Contemporary” meets “Romantique”. Starting out with a simple garter stitch section, moving into a satisfying stitch pattern with great rhythm and simplicity that is easily remembered. Beads all around the shawl lend a romantic feel as does the dramatic lace section that adds the final touch. No worries the lace is surprisingly easy to knit~

One interesting and not so obvious detail, the slightly curved middle section creates a collar.

Two video links included: Adding beads and How To Style your shawl. Take a look here: Video Link

The pattern is written and has a chart for the lace section. The blocked shawl measures 82” by 18”.


You will need 4 colors and about 240 yards each.

The yarn is available in a cool linen/viscose is available at www.yarnz2GO.com.
Choose your color combo.
Colors used here are Slate/Silver/Black/Mushroom.

4 skeins Shibui linen, 246 yards a skein in a fingering weight. Colors: Tar C1/ Ash C2/ Mineral C3/ Abyss C4. As seen in the last 3 photos. Available at Quixotic Fibers, call (903) 564-3740

I fell in love with the first shawl I made for Carla and her LYS Quixotic in Whitesboro, Texas and simply had to make another one in my own linen yarn for myself~

US size 4 (3.5 mm) 29”/75 cm circular needle
NOTE: I am a loose knitter, you may not be and therefore need a larger needle.
500 size 6 beads
Crochet hook 0.75 mm (size 10) for adding beads
7 Stitch markers

Gauge: 18 sts and 24 rows in 4” of garter stitch.

The pattern has been tech edited and test knitted