Anchors Aweigh by Kim Shaffir

Anchors Aweigh

May 2021
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 21 rows = 4 inches
in Garter Stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
800 - 1000 yards (732 - 914 m)
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The nautical phrase “Anchors Aweigh” means that the anchors are clear of a waterway’s bottom and the ship is officially under way. With this, my first pattern launch, I too am officially under way as a designer. Thank you very much for your support!

Anchors Aweigh is a tribute to my son and to Annapolis, Maryland, the town I’ve called home for over 35 years. A triangle shawl with a center panel of lace anchor motifs, it pays homage to the rich history of Annapolis as a working port, sailing capital and the home of the United States Naval Academy. To complete the nautical theme, Anchors Aweigh is framed with a perpendicular border reminiscent of the waves that lap the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. A simple, yet elegant shawl, Anchors Aweigh is the perfect accessory for those breezy summer evenings walking along the water.

This shawl is knit from the top down. The sample shown has 6 lace anchor motifs for a generously sized shawl. A smaller version using only 5 motifs can be knit using 2 skeins (400 yards) of fingering weight yarn.

This pattern contains both written and chart instructions for the lace anchor motif and the perpendicular edge.


  • 800 – 1000 yds (731 – 914 m) fingering weight yarn
  • Featured Yarn: Pretty Knitty Base Fingering - Colorway: Cateye Wave - 100% Superwash Merino; 400 yds (366 meters) per 100 grams


  • US 6 (4mm) circular needle/length 40” or size needed to obtain gauge
  • US 6 (4mm) double pointed needles for knitting perpendicular border or size needed to obtain gauge


  • 20 sts x 21 rows over 4 in” (10 cm) in Garter Stitch with needle size after blocking
  • While gauge is not critical, varying gauges will affect yardage andand final measurements
  • One repeat of Lace Anchor Motif equals 4” x 4. 5”(10 cm x 11.5cm)

• 4 Stitch Markers
• Waste Yarn for Provisional Cast On
• Crochet Hook
• Darning/tapestry Needle

• 73” (186 cm) wide x 30” (76 cm) deep with border after blocking

This pattern has been tech edited by Jenna Sargent.

For the story behind this design, see my blog post