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Partly Cloudy Shawl: Free Pattern

Updated: Aug 8, 2020

The Partly Cloudy Shawl is a fun triangular summery shawl using both soft cotton yarn and slinky lace-weight acrylic. Tassels on the border make a statement, while the body of the shawl pops with cooling accented color. Interesting but simple, this is a great shawl for mindless knitting and good for beginners.

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Approximately 200g/400yds light weight or DK weight yarn, category 3 (Lion Brand Comfy Cotton Blend in Whipped Cream)

Approximately 50g/225yds of lace or sock weight yarn, category 0 or 1(Lion Brand Summer Nights in Cast Away)

Size US7/4.5mm circular knitting needle, 16” long

Tapestry needle


19 stitches and 20 rows = 4”x4” of stockinette using US size 7


STS - Stitches

K - Knit

P - Purl

KFB - Knit front and back

YO - Yarn over

K2TOG - Knit 2 together

MC - Main color

CC - Contrast color

MDS - (special stitch) Modified dandelion stitch

Instructions for MDS and charted version for rows 25-38 at the end of the post.

Pattern Instructions:

Shawl will be increased one stitch every other row throughout the project with a KFB at the end of every even-numbered row.

Cast on 3 stitches

Row 1: K across

Row 2: P across, KFB

Repeat rows 1-2 twelve times, [15 STS]

Row 25: K3, YO, K2TOG, K1, *K4, YO, K2TOG, K1, repeat from * until 2 STS remain, K2

Rows 26, 28: Purl across to 1 STS, KFB

Row 27: K across

Row 29: Holding MC and CC together P1, MDS, *P2, MDS, repeat from * until 4 STS remain, P3, KFB

Row 30: Holding MC and CC together K across

Rows 31, 33, 35, 37: K across

Rows 32, 34, 36, 38: Purl to last STS, KFB

Repeats rows 25-38 fifteen times. Bind off.

Add tassels of any length desired.


Instructions for modified dandelion stitch:

Insert right-hand needle into the YO hole four lines below and draw through a loop of only the CC, slide loop back onto the left-hand needle. Using both MC and CC held together, knit next stitch together with the loop just drawn up. Repeat four more times for a total of five loops drawn up along with the next five stitches. One modified dandelion worked.

Video tutorial for tassels:

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