Beachcomber by Chelsea Berkompas


August 2015
DK (11 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch, blocked
US 8 - 5.0 mm
650 - 700 yards (594 - 640 m)
105" measure across top edge, blocked
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Beachcomber is a completely reversible oversized shawl full of fun shaping, garter stitch stripes and striking lace. Worked diagonally from tip to tip, the multicolored garter stitch sections alternate with bands of lace and are finished off with a fluttery picot bind-off, resulting in a delightfully squishy, colorful and lightweight shawl! The large, asymmetrical shape can be worn a multitude of ways and the breathable cotton/linen blend makes Beachcomber a striking and dramatic summer accessory.

Beachcomber is one of the four patterns included in the Sidewalk to Seashore collection. Designed in the soft and summery Knit Pick’s Cotlin and inspired by the coast, this collection includes a lace skirt, a twisted racerback vest, an asymmetrical shawl and a fringed triangle cowl. Easy living, no fuss, beach-y summer style - enjoyable to knit and to wear!


  • blocked: 105”, measured across top edge
  • blocked: 20” deep

Knit Pick’s Cotlin (70% Tanguis cotton, 30% linen; 123 yards/50g)

Conch (MC): 3 balls or approx. 250 yrds
Surf (CC1): 2 balls or approx. 150 yrds
Linen (CC2): 3 balls or approx. 250 yrds

The entirety of this shawl is shaped by a 2 row repeat. The first row increases along one side and decreases along the other. The second row increases only on the one side, gradually growing the shawl by 1 st every 2 rows. This two row repeat continues for the entire shawl.

Because of the repetitive nature of this shawl, the directions are divided up into three sections, each ending with the lace portions, to help you keep track of where you are in the pattern.

The total stitch count is given at the beginning of each lace pattern section. Although the specific stitch count does not matter for the entirety of the shawl, including the picot bind-off, row 1 of the lace section must begin with a even number of stitches.

Due to a very sharp eyed knitter, an issue was found with the stitch counts after each Lace Pattern Section. The pattern PDF has been updated and the issue fixed. The fix does not affect how the lace pattern looks, just the stitch counts. The stitch counts following each section of this pattern are now as follows:
End of Garter Section 1: 72 sts
End of Lace Pattern 1: 76 sts
End of Garter Section 2: 92 sts
End of Lace Pattern 2: 100 sts
End of Garter Section 3: 144 sts
End of Lace Pattern 3: 156 sts
End of Shawl (before picot BO) 157 sts total.