Friday Freebies: Persia Goes Green Free Shawl Knitting Pattern


Friday Freebies? That’s All?

Hello everybody! I hope your week was as exciting as mine and I would like to make an announcement: this is going to be the last Friday Freebie for a while.

This doesn’t mean there will be no more free stuff on this website – of course there will! I just have to admit that I’m getting bored with doing the very same thing every week and would like to take this website to the next level.

Having published free knitting patterns every Friday for almost a year, things are getting boring. Most of my knitting patterns have been available as Friday Freebies already. Do you really want to see the same free stuff over and over again?

Honestly: I don’t.

Don’t be too sad. Next week, a different type of Friday Freebies is going to take off here at I’ll let you know soon. To tease you a little bit: it’s going to be of much more value than just one single free knitting pattern each week.

So watch this blog – and your inbox, if you’re already on my mailing list! and keep an eye out for it. It will be worth it, promise!

But now… on to this week’s Friday Freebie!

Today’s free knitting pattern is Persia Goes Green, a knitting pattern for a stole worked center out.


You can download the free shawl knitting pattern in the shop for the next 24 hours.


Feel free to drop me a note if you knit your own version of this lovely shawl, I’d love to see yours. Enjoy your free shawl knitting pattern!

Happy knitting! Feel free to share & spread the word :)

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Today? Video. What Are You Up To?

Right now, I’m editing the videos for the Q&A section of part one of the Shawl Design Bootcamp. I have to confess my latest video editing assignment has been back in 1999. Yes, you read right: nineteen ninety-nine.


Taking this into account, I’m doing pretty well with video editing. Some skills just seem to persist, and Adobe seemed not to have changed much in the last 15 years when it comes to usability. Still pretty good!

Needless to mention it’s a lot of work, though. But I’m enjoying every moment and learning lots.

I’m considering adding video content to my tutorials on this site. What do you think? More video or not? Let me know!


30 Days To Better Knitting, Day 10: Knitting Lace (II): Reading Charts

30 Days to Better Knitting, Day 10: Lace Knitting (II) #30DTBK

Welcome to 30 Days to Better Knitting, a knitter’s master class helping you getting better at knitting and learn new knitting techniques and tricks in 30 days!

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Once you’ve been bitten by the lace knitting bug, there’s no way back. Knitted lace shawls are among the most challenging and satisfying knitting projects.

Unfortunately, most lace patterns come with charts. Many people seem to be rather intimidated when it comes to reading charts. Here’s the good news: don’t be afraid of reading charts – it’s easier as it seems.


Knitting Charts and How to Read Them

An example of a knitting chart is shown below (it’s a border chart, also from the Marlene knitting pattern). So what do we see here? Let’s take a closer look.

Knitting from charts: reading charts is not rocket science. You can learn it, too!

  • The chart contains a rectangular grid of eight columns and six rows.
  • The first and last column are colored in light gray not white or colored as the rest.
  • Above the sixth row, outside of the grid, there are numbers too.
  • There are numbers on both the right and the left side in the gray part of the grid.
  • There’s only one knitting symbol per grid.

The white part of the rectangular grid (rows 1-6 and columns showing numbers above them) is the real chart. Within the chart, one square represents one stitch in your knitting.

The light gray parts (the edges with the numbers) contain row and column numbers. On the right side, all odd numbered rows (right side rows) are labeled, on the left side, all even numbered rows (wrong side rows) are labeled.

Charts are read line by line, starting at the lowermost right corner (row 1, column 1) and continuing in the same way you knit and your working thread is located. For each little square, lookup the symbol in the legend to find out which stitch has to be worked.

We start  – with 4 stitches on the needle – at row 1, column 1. The square at this position is white only. Looking up the white square in the legend unveils that it represents a knit stitch – we knit one stitch.

The next stitch is row 1, column 2 which is white too. So we knit the second stitch, too.

Row 1, column 2 shows a different symbol: a circle with a 3 inside of it. Looking it up tells us to yarn over three times. So we work three yarn overs.

The next two stitches are white squares again, so we knit another two stitches. And that’s it, we ran out of stitches!

The next two squares are dark gray, looking it up in the legend shows that this is “no stitch” – these squares are there just to fill up the rectangular grid. These “no stitch” squares occur only in charts where the stitch count is not constant over all rows.

The first line of the chart translates to the written instructions k2, YO three times, k2.

Our working yarn is now at the very left end of the right side (the first row is always a right side row unless otherwise stated). We continue to read and knit our chart: the next stitch is row 2, column 7. Why? Simply because this is the position of our working yarn and we are working flat.

Working Flat Or in the Round?

As the numbers in the light gray area alternate on the right and left sides of the rows, this chart is worked flat. If all row numbers would show on the right side only, each row would be started and read from right to left – the chart would be worked in the round (otherwise it wouldn’t work out with the position of your working yarn).

If there are no clear row numbers (or none at all) in the charts of a specific pattern, refer to the pattern instructions whether the project is worked flat or in the round.

How to Read Chart Symbols on Wrong Side Rows?

Chart symbols are all charted viewing the knitting from the right side. Continuing with column 7, row 2 we slip the first stitch (look up the “V” in the legend). The next two squares show dots – purl stitches. So as we are now facing and knitting the wrong side of our knitting, how is this stitch worked?

We are facing the wrong side of the knitting but charts show all symbols from the right side of your work. Some legends take this into account by stating “knit on RS, purl on WS” for the little white “knit” square and “purl on RS, knit on WS” for the square with the dot in it. (Maybe I should, too. For me it’s so obvious but I’m no measure.)

Row two translates to the following written instructions: sl1, k2, p1, k3.

Work is then continued on row three (reading from right to left), row four (reading from left to right) and so on.

Taking Away the Fear of Reading Charts

Reading charts is not rocket science. Cast on four stitches and try to work the small chart shown above. Did it work out for you? Let me know if this article has been of helpful for your skills in knitting from charts!

Yours truly,

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30 Days to Better Knitting: Table of Contents

<< Day 9: Knitting Lace (I): Increases and Decreases | Day 11: Knitting Lace (III): Which Row am I? Reading Your Knitting >>





Shawl Design Bootcamp: What’s it all about?

Yesterday, Alice asked the following question in a comment here:

“Can you explain a little more what the Shawl Design Bootcamp will entail? Is it something you can watch on your own time? How long is it? What kinds of activities will it involve?”

I guessed these questions would arise, so I prepared a compilation of facts about the Shawl Design Bootcamp.

Course Outline

The Shawl Design Bootcamp will help you getting started with shawl design by providing all the information you need to learn how to design a shawl. This is done by guiding you through the whole process of designing a shawl from start to finish. During this course, I’ll show you how to design an example shawl pattern: a stole worked from center out. Different shawl shapes are covered, too.

Course Schedule

The course will be a live event taking place next week. It consists of three parts delivered every other day starting tomorrow, Sunday Nov. 15th.

  • Part One: How To Start (Sunday, Nov. 15th)
  • Part Two: The Design Process (Tuesday, Nov. 17th)
  • Part Three: Pattern Finalization (Thursday, Nov 19th)

Availability of Course Material

All course material will be available for all subscribers even after the course is finished. If you don’t enroll before Friday Nov. 20th you will not be able to access the course materials.

Attending The Shawl Design Bootcamp Is For Free.

I don’t charge for this course, attendance is for free. All you need to do to enroll is to register for the bootcamp:

You can reserve your free seat in the Shawl Design Bootcamp here.

Hope this helps and answers your questions, Alice!