Islington by Mara Licole


April 2019
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in textured lace pattern, after blocking
US 6 - 4.0 mm
760 - 800 yards (695 - 732 m)
One Size (easily adjustable)
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Imagine exploring a picturesque borough in London. Spending your day popping in and out of quaint vintage shops on a street called Camden Passage, striking up conversations with locals, and imagining the stories of the people living in homes you stroll pass. Then, in the most appropriate way, you end the day eating dinner at a local pub that has huge windows that frame snapshots of life in motion. The textured lace and lofty garter border in this shawl capture the grandness, elegance, architecture, and undeniable beauty of Islington. The perfect tribute to my first trip to London.

Islington is knit from the center top down to create an easy to wear crescent shape that is versatile and very textured. It features wrapped lace stitches framed by an irresistibly squishy garter stitch border. The cashmere blend yarn creates an extra soft, lofty, and drapery fabric.


  • decrease bind-off
  • wrapped stitches
  • lace stitches
  • crescent shawl shaping
  • garter-tab cast-on


  • engaging techniques
  • all-over-lace pattern lends sophistication
  • make it as small or big as you like/easily adjustable
  • classic crescent shape stays on your shoulders easier
  • pattern includes written instructions, charted instructions, and a schematic

For fit reference the model is approximately 5’ 3” | 162 cm tall

wingspan: 64” | 163 cm
depth: 15” | 38 cm


estimated yardage:
If you would like to knit additional repeats for a larger size shawl, take care to reserve enough yarn for your border and consider having extra yarn on hand.

760 yards | 695 meters of fingering weight yarn

yarn used for sample:

The Plucky Knitter, Primo Fingering
75% Extra Fine Italian SW Merino, 20% Cashmere, 5% Nylon
380 yards | 347 meters per 100g
shown in color: Mighty Mac

recommended notions:

  • cable needle
  • tapestry needle
  • waste yarn - optional, for threading lifelines

Happy knitting, from me to you! xo - mara licole

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