Shawl of Solitaire free knitting patternThis shawl was inside of me for quite some time. I wanted it to be without extra complicated details, but still interesting enough to knit. Only regret I’ve got is that I didn’t make it colorful – yellow or pink or maybe light baby blue. I already used white yarn in my Mother’s Day summer shawl and it is getting boring. I think I have to knit it one more time, just to satisfy my need. Or make up something new…

closeup for knitted lace pattern with rhombs

I broke my bamboo needles twice while knitting this shawl. OK, my husband broke one pair and I broke the other. No, we didn’t get into knitting needle fight. At first, he wanted to help me because my needle got stuck (I usually cast on with two needles together and I have to get one needle out to start knitting. I casted on too tightly and of course I was too lazy to just start picking my stitches one by one. So he helped me…brake my needle. And I still had to pick up my stitches one by one). I broke one because I have a nasty habit – I tend to sit on my needles. By accident, of course. So all my wooden needles will get broken and all my metal ones are warped. With the shape of my butt.

Now. Let’s cut the pointless chit chat and start knitting.


I used:

  • 3 balls (150 g / 5,28 oz or 525 m / 573 yards) white DROPS Baby Merino (or use some other baby weight yarn)
  • pair of long needles size 3,25 mm / US 3 (or use circular needles)

Gauge: 10×10 cm (4″x4″) = 18 sts x 38 rows

Measurements:

  • Length: 114 cm / 45 inches
  • Width: 35 cm / 14 inches

Shawl is knitted in flat (back and forth).


Cast on 81 stitches and knit 10 rows.

Start with lace pattern.

NOTE! First five and last five stitches are knit stitches on both rows for edging (and these are already counted in written instructions so you don’t have to add another 5 stitches).

Row 1 (RS): k5, k2tog, YO, k1, YO, ssk, k3, *k4, k2tog, YO, k1, YO, ssk, k1, k2tog, YO, k1, YO, ssk, k3*rep total of 3 times, k4, k2tog, YO, k1, YO, ssk, k5;

Row 2 and all the wrong side rows: k first 5 sts, purl until 5 sts are left, k last 5 sts;

Row 3: k9 (first 5 are edge stitches, next 4 are from pattern), YO, ssk, k2,*k3, k2tog, YO, k3, YO, sk2p, YO, k3, YO, ssk, k2* rep total of 3 times, k3, k2tog, YO, k9 (first 4 sts from pattern and last 5 sts for edging);

Row 5: k5, YO, ssk, k1, k2tog, YO, k1, YO, ssk,* k1, k2tog, YO, k1, YO, ssk, k1, k2tog, YO, k1, YO, ssk, k1, k2tog, YO, k1, YO, ssk* rep total of 3 times, k1, k2tog, YO, k1, YO, ssk, k1, k2tog, YO, k5;

Row 7: k6, YO, sk2p, YO, k3, YO,* sk2p, YO, k3, YO, sk2p, YO, k3, YO, sk2p, YO, k3, YO* rep total of 3 times, sk2p, YO, k3, YO, sk2p, YO, k6;

Row 9: k8, YO, ssk, k1, k2tog, YO,* k1, YO, ssk, k1, k2tog, YO, k7, YO, ssk, k1, k2tog, YO* rep total of 3 times, k1, YO, ssk, k1, k2tog, YO, k8;

Row 11: k9, YO, sk2p, YO, k1,*k2, YO, sk2p, YO, k9, YO, sk2p, YO, k1* rep total of 3 times, k2, YO, sk2p, YO, k9;

Row 13: k8, k2tog, YO, k1, YO, ssk,*k1, k2tog, YO, k1, YO, ssk, k7, k2tog, YO, k1, YO, ssk* rep total of 3 times, k1, k2tog, YO, k1, YO, ssk, k8;

Row 15: k7, k2tog, YO, k3, YO,*sk2p, YO, k3, YO, ssk, k5, k2tog, YO, k3, YO* rep total of 3 times, sk2p, YO, k3, YO, ssk, k7;

Row 17: k5, k2tog, YO, k1, YO, ssk, k1, k2tog, YO,* k1, YO, ssk, k1, k2tog, YO, k1, YO, ssk, k1, k2tog, YO, k1, YO, ssk, k1, k2tog, YO* rep total of 3 times, k1, YO, ssk, k1, k2tog, YO, k1, YO, ssk, k5;

Row 19: k9, YO, sk2p, YO, k1,*k2, YO, sk2p, YO, k3, YO, sk2p, YO, k3, YO, sk2p, YO, k1* rep total of 3 times, k2, YO, sk2p, YO, k9;

Row 21: k5, YO, ssk, k1, k2tog, YO, k3,* k4, YO, ssk, k1, k2tog, YO, k1, YO, ssk, k1, k2tog, YO, k3* rep total of 3 times, k4, YO, ssk, k1, k2tog, YO, k5;

Row 23: k6, YO, sk2p, YO, k4,*k5, YO, sk2p, YO, k3, YO, sk2p, YO, k4* rep total of 3 times, k5, YO, sk2p, YO, k6;

Row 24: k first 5 sts, purl until 5 sts are left, k last 5 sts;

Repeat rows 1 to 24 in total of 15 times. If you want longer stole then add pattern repeats.

Knit last 10 rows and cast off.

Wave in ends and block (usually this means that you make it wet and lay flat to dry somewhere).


If you knit according to chart:

*Add 5 knit stitches before and after main lace stitches for edging and repeat middle section for 3 times (or more if you want wider shawl).*

Shawl of Solitaire chart


 

closeup for knitted lace pattern with rhombs

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45 thoughts on “Shawl of Solitaire pattern

  • 8. May 2015 at 13:47
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    This is lovely and I have some Dale of Norway Baby Uhl just waiting for this pattern.
    I thought the. Mother’s Day shawl was amazing and then you appear with this one. Thank you so much.

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    • 8. May 2015 at 14:03
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      No, thank you 🙂

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  • 8. May 2015 at 15:55
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    Thank you for this lovely pattern. Its not to difficult and not to easy and my 12 year old nephew has asked me to teach him how to knit this for his mum.

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    • 8. May 2015 at 16:00
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      Thank you and good luck for him 🙂

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  • 8. May 2015 at 16:20
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    Beautiful and thank you so much for sharing it.

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    • 8. May 2015 at 16:21
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      Thank you, Nilda 🙂

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  • 9. May 2015 at 07:26
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    You are a brilliant designer and so generous to share your wonderful patterns with us. Thank you! Some day you will have enough patterns to publish in a book and I’ll be in line to purchase it!

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    • 9. May 2015 at 08:19
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      Thank you, June. My own book is my dream actually 🙂

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  • 26. May 2015 at 12:48
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    Thank you for sharing, very elegant. BTW, I’ve broken a needle or two and feel your pain.

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    • 26. May 2015 at 13:40
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      It’s good to know that I’m not the only one 🙂

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  • 16. June 2015 at 14:38
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    I love your blog! I’ve been trying to knit this stole and keep coming up short on row 5. When I get to row 7 I only have 5 stitches for the edge instead of 6. I noticed that I only have 80 stitches coming out of row 5 when I should have 81, but I can’t figure out what I’m doing wrong. UGH!

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    • 16. June 2015 at 15:27
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      Maybe you missed one yarn over somewhere – it happens to me all the time and then I’m searching this one stitch that seamed to disappear. It’s hard to help you… maybe you can take a picture of your knitting and email me? mariliis at patternduchess dot com – maybe I could help you?

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      • 16. June 2015 at 20:41
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        Yeah, I did it! This time I left my markers in so it was easier to see where a mistake was without going through the whole row. You’re right, I must have missed a yarn over somewhere.

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      • 21. January 2016 at 15:57
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        hello!!!thanks again for sharing this pattern!looks beautiful, but, as some comments before, I get to row 7, I have 81 st. total, I marked everything with stich markers, but still in the first part of the row (before the repeating part) I end up with an extra stich…and if i use that stich for the Sk2p I get an extra stich in every part as well…any suggestion?

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        • 21. January 2016 at 16:38
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          Make sure that you have every YO and decreases on the right places. Most of the mistakes are coming from loosing yarn over at wrong side or decreases made wrong. Hope this helps 🙂

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  • 25. July 2015 at 19:06
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    Bravo, il est merveilleux ce châle je l’adore, merci pour le pas à pas ! wonderful! I love it ! thank you so much for the pattern !

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    • 25. July 2015 at 19:19
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      I’m glad you like it 🙂

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  • 20. August 2015 at 22:43
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    Dear patternduchess

    I saw this pattern on pinterest and I loved it so I wanted to try it myself. I started knitting but I failed in row 1 already and I just can’t figure out what I am doing wrong.
    When I count the stitches in row one there are 97 (15+3×22+16) which is already wrong cause I only have 81.
    Maybe you know what I am doing wrong?
    I want to knit this shawl so badly and I get frustrated that I am failing all the time

    Greetings

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    • 21. August 2015 at 09:08
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      Hi, Liedeke. First of all, I’m glad you like my pattern. I checked and you should have 81 stitches. You have exactly right amount. Where did you get the 97? Maybe I have a mistake in somewhere? 13 (edge) + 3×18 (middle) + 14 (edge). You should be good to go. Let me know how you’re doing.

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  • 25. August 2015 at 16:30
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    I began this shawl because I find it magnificent. So, I translated the tutoriel into French. I must be very concentrated to make it ! It is not complicated but the number of rows returns the work, complex . It is impressive that you manage to make a pattern like that! Congratulations ! Thank you very much for the sharing !!

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    • 25. August 2015 at 17:00
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      Thank you Celine. I try my best to make my patterns interesting. That makes it…well.. not too easy 🙂 Show me your outcome if you’ve finished it.

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  • 22. November 2015 at 16:39
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    I understand why you choose this name… 🙂 no one must perturbs you while you re doing it

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    • 22. November 2015 at 17:41
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      Yes 🙂

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  • 10. December 2015 at 23:34
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    Beautiful! Thank you for sharing this pattern 🙂
    I want to try it but I don’t see row 10…am I missing something? :0

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    • 11. December 2015 at 09:21
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      Hi 🙂 Row 2 and all the wrong side rows: k first 5 sts, purl until 5 sts are left, k last 5 sts – including row 10

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  • 19. December 2015 at 08:01
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    Hello Pattern Duchess! Your ideas and work is absolutely enchanting. I have a question: should I assume that all slipped stitches are slipped knitwise unless otherwise stated? Thank you for sharing such intriguing patterns and all of your lessons. It is much appreciated.

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    • 19. December 2015 at 12:01
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      Hi and thanks 🙂 And you got that right 🙂

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  • 25. January 2016 at 17:26
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    Help! I get 22 in the middle, rather than 18. On both Row 1 and Row 3. So I can’t repeat 3 times.

    K2tog = 1 stitch, YO increases = 2 stitches.

    Lovely pattern, can anyone help as to how I’m going wrong???!!! Trying to knit for mothers birthday as I have no money to buy anything, and thought it would be ideal to keep her shoulders warm. (Knitting newbie).

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    • 25. January 2016 at 17:36
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      Do you have total of 4 decreases and 4 YOs on Row 1 for middle part?

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    • 25. January 2016 at 17:57
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      Sorry, figured out where I was going wrong. I was counting the YO as a YO, K1 then adding K1 as an extra stitch! Thanks again for the pattern 🙂

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      • 25. January 2016 at 17:58
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        I’m glad you found your mistake 🙂

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  • 25. May 2016 at 19:49
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    Oh,, it is sooooo beautiful! Wish it were crochet since I can’t knit. (sad face)

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    • 25. May 2016 at 20:08
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      I’m sure it can be made – when I’m in my crochet mode then I’ll try 🙂

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  • 30. July 2016 at 01:01
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    I am having trouble with row 11. i am only getting 17 stitches between the * and only 13 stitches at the end of the row instead of 14. Any help?

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    • 30. July 2016 at 09:09
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      Try counting all your “yarn over”s – usually it’s the part where the differences are coming from.

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      • 30. July 2016 at 14:57
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        Thanks! I found my problem…i was doing k2tog instead of k2.

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        • 1. August 2016 at 18:12
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          I’m glad you found it 🙂

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  • 30. August 2016 at 17:22
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    Hello, when you say 3 balls 150g, do you mean 150g total or 3x 150g balls?

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    • 30. August 2016 at 17:30
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      Total of 150 grams (if you have same yarn or similar to this)

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  • 23. February 2017 at 23:40
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    Hi,
    On row 13, it says “k8, k2tog, YO, k, YO,” so it’s missing the numbers of knit in between the two YO’s I looked thru the comments and could not find an answer. Would appreciate knowing as I would love to make this for my sister. Thank you. This is a gorgeous, gorgeous shawl!!!

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    • 23. February 2017 at 23:50
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      Please disregard, I found the answer by looking at the chart. (Why didn’t I think of that before?) But nonetheless, you might want to fix the pattern for the many others who will want to make this beautiful shawl. Oh by the way, it’s a k1.

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      • 24. February 2017 at 09:29
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        Hi Deb, thank you so much for noticing. I messed with this post the other day, so I might have made the error then. It’s fixed now.

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  • 18. April 2017 at 02:49
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    Hi! I have gone through to row 23. Then the purl row…but then it says to knit 5 and purl to last 5 again (row 24) won’t this ruin the pattern? It will be 2 purl rows

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    • 18. April 2017 at 11:43
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      You will knit first 5 stitches, purl to last 5 stitches and then knit those last 5 stitches. First 5 and last 5 stitches are for edging. I hope this make sense.

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