Trastevere by Jem Arrowsmith


October 2023
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 33 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette
US 5 - 3.75 mm
558 - 656 yards (510 - 600 m)
One size
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This shawl pattern was inspired by a trip to Rome in 2018. One of things my husband and I like to do when exploring a new City is to make sure that we make some time between the usual tourist attractions to find a coffee shop (or if its later in the afternoon a small bar ) off the beaten track. Here we will sit for an hour or two and just soak up the atmosphere of the city and watch as people go about their daily life.

One such afternoon we found ourselves in a quiet piazza in Trastevere, a bohemian area of the city with winding cobbled lanes and colourful buildings. Having spent most of the morning exploring we decided to take a break in a small, quiet café. My husband got out his book and I of course found my knitting. As the shadows of the afternoon grew longer, we had a few drinks and enjoyed the simplicity of just being in the moment, without any agenda for the rest of the evening. It remains one of my favourite memories of our visit to Rome.

The Trastevere Shawl invites you to kick back and relax and enjoy being in the moment as you explore colours and textures through your knitting. The simple ‘slip 1, knit one’ stitch pattern creates a stitch pattern reminiscent of cobblestone streets, each colour creating a new path. The pattern works beautifully with 6 or more mini-skiens, or why not use it to go stash busting. At the end of this pattern you will find a handy checklist that will help you to determine how much yarn you will need for each section.

The beauty of this design is that you can just keep going. The simple repeats allow for new colours to be constantly added. It’s up to you whether you follow an established sequence of colours or find new combinations as you traverse through your Trastevere Shawl. You can even add a flourish of tassels at the end too if you wish!

Stitches Used – Sl1 wyif, sl1 wyib, knit, kfb, k2tog

Sizes: One size

Measurements: The finished, blocked item has a wingspan of 71.5” (181.5cm) and a depth of 19” (48cm)


• 6 or more mini skeins or leftover yarns: 93yd / 85m, 0.7 oz / 20g 4 ply, sock or fingering weight yarn. The yarn used in the pattern pictures is Under the Olive Tree Knits Mini Skeins 75% Superwash Merino / 25% Nylon in:
o Yarn A - Bunny Tails (cream)
o Yarn B - Mocha (brown)
o Yarn C - Demerara (sandy brown)
o Yarn D - Pumpkin Latte (light orange)
o Yarn E - Seafoam (pale blue)
o Yarn F - Alaskan Sky (teal)
• US size 5 (3.75mm) 32” (80cm) circular needle
• A tapestry needle for weaving in the ends

Gauge: 22 stitches and 33 rows to 4” (10cm) in stockinette stitch after blocking

The pattern includes written instructions and charts. It has been tech edited and test knitted prior to publication.

Pattern Testimonials

“A lovely quick knit for either a beginner or an advanced knitter. Great for using up leftovers from previous projects. Very well written and easy to follow” – Audrey

“Another gem from Jem, pattern was easy to follow but highly effective. The end result looks great, the shawl has great texture and looks so complicated when it really isn’t. Loved it!” – Aurelie

“Delightful to knit, delightful to wear. Easy fun pattern, you don’t need the pattern after several repeats. Chart is easy to follow” - Barb

“A lovely pattern. Beautifully written. The pattern when knitted gives a lovely texture. An amazing pattern to use up 4ply leftover yarn” – Nicola

“A pleasure to knit. I will really enjoy wearing it and I have used up some of my leftover sock yarn” – Ros