Annandale Shawlette by Andrea Hilton

Annandale Shawlette

July 2013
DK (11 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
475 - 525 yards (434 - 480 m)
One Size
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This asymmetrical triangle-shaped shawlette falls somewhere between a scarf and a shawl. It can wrap gracefully around your neck or drape with ease across your shoulders. The pattern is very simple and easy— classy and not overdone. I needed to develop a simple pattern that I could knit while my newborn napped without risking losing track of a complicated stitch progression mid-row when he awoke without notice. This pattern does the trick!

The Annandale Shawlette starts at the skinny end by casting on several stitches and gradually grows into an elongated triangle. It is edged by a simple yet eye-catching drop-stitch border on two sides with a thin ribbed border on the third side. The main body is a simple stockinette stitch.

This pattern is flexible and can be knit on a variety of needles and yarn types. I recommend using the needle size that works best with your yarn, somewhere between a size 3 and size 6 yarn/needle combination. The drop-stitch edging probably would not look as nice with a yarn that needed needles larger than size 6 or 7; thus I would recommend staying in a light to mid-weight yarn/needle category. The length is also flexible, so feel free to knit to your desired length or the amount of yarn you have in your stash.

Yarn - Pictured in Swan Island fingering weight in Bittersweet
Needle Size - I used 24 inch size 5 circulars
Gauge - 6 stitches/inch
Yardage - Approximately 500 yards
Finished Measurements - 68 inches x 23 inches (at its longest and widest)

This pattern is pictured in Swan Island fingering weight, but I have also used Louisa Harding Merletto and very much liked the result (a slightly heavier yarn…).