Loft 4ply Shawl – by Fay Dashper-Hughes


This pattern can either be crocheted or knitted, depending on your preference.

Loft is a slightly asymmetric shawl that is crocheted from the narrowest point, getting wider as you go. It’s an easy pattern that uses two simple stitches and a series of colour changes to create definition and interest. This is a great on-the-go project as it’s easy to memorise and won’t boggle you. Inspired by a weekend away with lots of friends at Edinburgh Yarn Festival, the stripes represent the many flights of stairs to our city centre accommodation – The Loft.

The pattern structure is simple but effective and easy to memorise. It is worked sideways, starting at the smallest point, so your rows get longer as you work through the pattern.


John Arbon Textiles Knit By Numbers, 4-ply (100% organically farmed Falklands Merino; 400 metres per 100g)

Yarn A: Crochet – KBN 93 / Knit – KBN 116; 1 skein
Yarn B: Crochet – KBN 95 / Knit – KBN 118; 1 skein
Yarn C: Crochet – KBN 97 / Knit – KBN 120; 1 skein

Blocked Dimensions

Crochet Version: depth of 60 cm, width at top edge of 194 cm
Knit Version: 66 cm deep, 224 cm wide

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Hook & Needles

Crochet Version – Hook: 3 mm (C/2 or D/3)
Knit Version – Needles: 3mm circular needles and 40cm plus cable


Crochet Version – Gauge: 23 stitches x 16 rows = 10 cm / 4″ over main pattern stitch
Knit Version – Gauge: 19 sts x 36 = 10 cm / 4″ over blocked stocking stitch