Free knitting pattern: Oaklet Shawl
By Megan Goodacre
A small triangular shawl with an easy lacy border, the Oaklet is a pretty little accessory that you can wear around your neck or across your shoulders. In the size shown, Oaklet uses about one skein of fingering weight yarn. It’s worked on relatively large needles for extra drape.
If you would like to learn more about knitting triangular shawls, including modifying this pattern and designing your own, you might enjoy my Triangular Shawls Step by Step guide.Skill Level intermediate (basic lace, reading from a chart)
Yarn Fingering weight yarn, 1 skein 100gm/350m. Shown in Sweatermaker Yarns Merino Silk 4-ply. (The shawl shown used the entire 350m).
Finished Measurements 48 inches wide x 20 inches at the point (blocked)
Tension/gauge 22 sts, 33 rows = 4 inches/10 cm of stocking stitch. Gauge is not essential for this project, however a smaller shawl might be too small to reach around your shoulders.
Needles 3.75mm circular needles, 24” long.
Other Supplies tapestry needle, 2 stitch markers
Begin Cowl Pattern
The shawl is worked from the top down, starting at the top center and ending at the lace border.
(See Chart A for additional guidance).
Cast on 9.
Row 1 (WS): K4, place marker, p1, place marker, k4.
Row 2 (RS) (Inc): K2, yo, knit to marker, yo, sm, k1, sm, yo, knit to last 2 sts, yo, k2 sts—13 sts.
Row 3: K4, purl to marker, sm, p1, sm, purl to last 4 sts, k4.
Repeat rows 2 and 3 fifty-five times—233 sts. (Note: if you want to make a larger shawl, you can increase the number of reps by multiples of 4, for example, 59, 63, 67, 71, 75, etc. Before you start your border, the number of sts, minus 9, should return an even number when divided by 8).
Shawl Border(See Chart B for additional guidance).
Border Row 1(RS) (remove markers as you go): K2, yo, k3, *yo, k2, sl2-k1-pss2o, k2, yo, k1; rep from * to last 4 sts, k2, yo, k2—235 sts.
Row 2 (WS): K4, purl to last 4 sts, k4.
Row 3: K2, yo, k4, *yo, k2, sl2-k1-pss2o, k2, yo, k1; rep from * to last 5 sts, k3, yo, k2—237 sts.
Row 4: Rep row 2.
Row 5: K2, yo, knit to last 2 sts, yo, k2—239 sts.
Rows 6-8: Rep rows 4 and 5 once, then rep row 4—241 sts.
Row 9: K2, yo, k2, k2tog, k2, yo, k1, *yo, k2, sl2-k1-pss2o, k2, yo, k1; rep from * to last 8 sts, yo, k2, ssk, k2, yo, k2—243 sts. Row 10: Rep row 2.
Row 11: K2, yo, k3, k2tog, k2, yo, k1, *yo, k2, sl2-k1-pss2o, k2, yo, k1; rep from * to last 9 sts, yo, k2, ssk, k3, yo, k2—245 sts. Rows 12 & 13: Rep rows 4 and 5—247 sts.
Row 14: K4, *k3, p1; rep from * to last 7 sts, k7.
Row 15: Rep row 5.
Row 16: K4, p1, *k3, p1; rep from * to last 4 sts, k4.
Row 17: Rep row 1.
Row 18: K5, p1, *k3, p1; rep from * to last 5 sts, k5.
Row 19: Rep row 3.
Row 20: K6, p1, *k3, p1; rep from * to last 6 sts, k6.
Row 21: Rep row 5.
Bind off using a stretchy bind off as follows: K2, *put tip of left needle through front of these 2 sts, knit them together, k1; rep from * until you have 1 st on right needle, break yarn and draw through last st.
Wet block to shape. Weave in ends.