Inspiration of the Little Frills Shawlette
The Little Frills shawlette design came to me as I was watching a movie and I saw a ruffley-type scarf. When I saw that, I knew that I needed to create a free knitting pattern with ruffles! When King Cole Yarns reached out to me about their 2023 Make-Along, I knew that this was the perfect time to design this baby!
About the yarn
The King Cole “Finesse” yarn called to me to be worn against the skin. The yarn is a wonderful cotton and silk blend that’s a DK / #3 lightweight yarn. Each skein holds approximately 131 yards / 120 metres and is 77% cotton, 23% silk and 100% scrumptiousness!
As I worked with this particular yarn, I was in awe of the softness. It glided through my fingers and there weren’t any knots! It took the Russian Join very well as I added the next skein to the project and I love all the color options. This yarn is to be hand washed in cool water and laid flat to dry. I highly recommend this yarn, not only for this project, but for any project that calls for a dk / #3 lightweight yarn that will be worn next to your skin.
The Little Frills Shawlette uses size US 9 / 5.5 mm knitting needles and uses just under 3 skeins of the main color (Blush) and 2 skeins of the contrast color (Ice).
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About the Little Frills Shawlette
This shawlette begins with casting on 81 stitches. Then, on each right side row for the first panel, you’ll work gradual increases. Then, as you progress, you’ll begin doing large increases that nearly double your stitch count. The rows work quickly, as they are only using knits, purls and yarn overs. The yarn over rows are also accented with a garter stitch border; so that’s 2 rows with each yarn over where you won’t be purling!
When having this pattern tested, I did an oops that included one extra repeat of the final increase rows. I corrected the pattern, but my testers loved it so much that they kept that extra increase (If you’d like to see their makes, please check out their Ravelry projects). That extra increase added so much ruffley goodness, but also added quite a bit of time needed to work the bind off. The bind off used is the “Picot” bind off and it requires casting on 2 stitches and then binding off 4. It takes some time, but is so worth it in the end. If you choose to add that extra increase section, you’ll need approximately 220 yards / 202 metres more of your contrast color.
King Cole “Finesse” Cotton Silk DK (77% Cotton, 23% Silk; 131 yds / 120 m; 50g; #3 Light / DK weight) yarn in colors:
1 locking stitch marker or scrap piece of yarn (optional)
Measures: 60” / 152.4 cm long at widest point x 10” / 25.4 cm deep
Gauge: 15 sts x 18 rows = 4” / 10 cm in Stockinette Stitch – Gauge isn’t critical in this project, but will affect yarn usage
Pattern Difficulty level: Easy
The terms are written using US terminology and I’ve created a video with time stamps to help you along.
Stitches & Terms Used
(Pattern is written in US terms):
Cable cast on: Insert right needle between the first and second stitch on left needle, draw up a loop and place on left needle (1 stitch casted on)
CC: Contrast color
K2tog: Knit two stitches together
Kfb: Knit into the front and back of the same stitch
MC: Main color
Rs: Right side
Ws: Wrong side
Wyib: With yarn in back
Wyif: With yarn in front
- To avoid weaving in multiple yarn tails, I recommend working the Russian join as you join a new skein of yarn. To see a video tutorial of this technique, please visit: https://youtu.be/iU9rszpZzoQ
- Use a locking stitch marker or scrap piece of yarn to mark the right side of your work.
- When slipping stitches while working on the RS, yarn is always held at the back of your work.
- To see a video tutorial on how to knit this shawlette, please visit: https://youtu.be/yiUWuPHjdi4
Directions for Little Frills Shawlette – Free knitting pattern
Using German twist cast on method, cast on 81
- Row 1: Sl, k1, kfb, knit to last 3 sts, kfb, sl, p1 (83 sts)
- Row 2: Sl wyib, p to last 2 sts, sl wyif, p1
- Row 3: As row 1 (85 sts)
- Row 4 (WS): Sl wyib,p1, k to last 2 sts, sl wyif, p1
- Row 5: Sl, k1, kfb, *k2tog, yo; rep * to last 4 sts, k1, kfb, sl, p1 (87 sts)
- Row 6: As row 4
- Rows 7 – 10: Rep rows 1 – 2 (91 sts)
- Row 11: As row 1 (93 sts)
- Row 12: As row 4
- Row 13: As row 5 (95 sts)
- Row 14: As row 4
- Row 15: As row 1 (97 sts)
- Row 16: As row 2
- Row 1: Sl, k1, kfb, k across to last 3 sts, kfb, sl, p1 (99 sts)
- Row 2 (WS): Sl wyib, p last 2 sts, sl wyif, p1
- Row 3: As row 1 (101 sts)
- Row 4: Sl wyib, p1, k to last 2 sts, sl wyif, p1
- Row 5: (In this row, we nearly double our st count) Sl, k1, *k1, yo; rep * to last 3 sts, k1, sl, p1 (198 sts)
- Row 6: As row 4
- Row 7: Sl, k across to last 2 sts, sl, p1
- Row 8: Sl wyib, p to last 2 sts, sl wyif, p1
- Row 9: As row 7
- Row 10: As row 8
- Row 11: As row 7
- Row 12: As row 4
- Row 13: Sl, k1, *k2tog, yo; rep * to last 3 sts, k1, sl, p1
- Row 14: As row 4
- Rows 15 – 18: Repeat rows 7 – 8
- Row 19: As row 7
- Rep rows 4-18 once more (392 sts)
Switch to CC
(If you’d like extra ruffly goodness, like my testers did, repeat this section one more time and plan on using approximately 220 more yards / 202 metres of your CC)
- Row 1: Sl, k across to last 2 sts, sl, p1
- Row 2 (WS): Sl wyib, k last 2 sts, sl wyif, p1
- Row 3: (In this row, we nearly double our st count) Sl, k1, *k1, yo; rep * to last 3 sts, k1, sl, p1 (780 sts)
- Row 4: As row 4 of Panel 2
Picot Bind off
- Cast on 2 sts using cable cast on method (2 sts increased)
- Bind off four stitches knit-wise (to get four bind-off sts, you will have to knit a total of 5 sts and pulled a total of 4 sts over on the right needle, the 5th st will be left on the right needle
- Place that last st back on the left needle
- Repeat until you are out of sts to bind off
I do hope you’ve enjoyed this free knitting pattern for the Little Frills Shawlette! When you’re all done, please take pictures and tag me on social media. @handmadebystacyj or #handmadebystacyj so that I can see your beautiful shawlette 🙂
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