Shortbread Shawl by Lauren Rad

Shortbread Shawl

December 2020
both are used in this pattern
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
21 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in seed stitch, after blocking
US 4 - 3.5 mm
4.0 mm (G)
760 - 800 yards (695 - 732 m)
One size
low vision format available
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This pattern includes a second PDF version that is formatted for knitters with low vision. It has black text, size 22 or larger text in a sans serif font, no italics, no columns, and fully-written directions. The chart is still included but is not needed to work the pattern. Many thanks to Gemma Thompson (gemmabelle here on Rav) and the Accessible Patterns group for their guidance in formatting patterns in a more accessible way.

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This pattern has been professionally tech edited and test knit by a pool of at least ten testers.

Shortbread cookies are my comfort cookies. I make them when I’m feeling glum or need to remember I can do something well. They’re rich, soothing, and full of butter—not sure I could come up with a better combination! They’re also infinitely customizable. You can add all kinds of flavor extracts, herbs, spices, and bits of fruit to change up the taste and texture.

Like shortbread, this shawl is meant to be a comfort, full of simple texture and a few delicate details that will feel soothing and warm when you put it on. Feel free to experiment with using heavier yarn, removing the bobbles, or adding/removing repeats of the seed stitch bands – because like a good shortbread, this shawl can be modified in lots of ways.

One size, 62” (157 cm) wingspan and 17” (43 cm) deep at its widest point

Color A: Fingering weight yarn, 380-400 yds (348-366 m)
Color B: Fingering weight yarn, 380-400 yds (348-366 m)

Sample shown knit in: Akara Yarns Organic Fingering 2-ply (407 yds/372 m), and Akara Yarns Merino Sock (420 yds/384 m)

4” (10 cm) square = 21 stitches x 30 rows in seed stitch after blocking

A note about gauge: gauge isn’t terribly important for this project, but please note that changes in gauge may change (1) the size of your finished shawl, (2) the drape of the fabric, and (3) the amount of yarn you may need.

One set of 36” (90 cm) circular needles in size needed to achieve gauge listed above

Suggested needle sizes: US 4 (3.5 mm)

Optional stitch markers for placing between pattern repeats
Size G (4 mm) crochet hook (optional)
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

Adventurous beginner to intermediate
Techniques: increases, decreases, bobbles, picot bind-off