Looking for a Sock Yarn Shawl

Hi Guys,
I have 475 yards of sock yarn that I got at the Colorado retreat that I think would make a nice shawl. Does anyone know of a pattern that would work with? It's for my 85yo mom and she just wants a shawl instead of a shrug.


JRob's picture

Two that I particularly like are Isbel by Ysolda Teague and Inflorescense by Jen Lucas. Both patterns are available through Ravelry and both could be made from your skein of 475 yds. There is also a book called Sock yarn shawls (Jen's pattern is in it) - forget who the author is. Maybe her and it has plenty of patterns. Our library has a copy. Your system may as well. Let us know what you decide to do and keep us posted with progress pictures. Good Luck, JRob

CLABBERS's picture

The book "Sock-Yarn Shawls: 15 Lacy Knitted Shawl Patterns" is actually by Jen Lucas. I have put a hold on it at our library. Thanks again!


CLABBERS's picture

Thanks for the insight. I'll give them a look-see. I appreciate it.

Tallguy's picture

Probably the easiest design when you have a limited amount of yarn is the triangular shawl worked from the neck out. When you are done the yarn, you are done! There are many simple designs... probably garter stitch would fit the best, and you can let the yarn show off that way. MMariio has quite a few of them available, or look for them online. I will send you a link once I get back to base!

I do like the crescent-shaped shawls -- I think they fit over the shoulders better, and you can get them very wide without a lot of depth. Again, start from the back of neck, and work outwards to the end of the yarn.

CLABBERS's picture

I like the crescent-shaped shawls as well, but haven't found one that I want to spend the money on. I am frugally cautious of spending things online when there is so much free stuff out there. I have a book on hold at the library which may garner some insight. I found a really nice triangular one that I think I will use because it is pretty simple but has a nice border that looks fancier than it really is...at least I say that now. I am about 20 rows into it starting from the neck down, so I won't know how well I can handle the lace edge until I get there. It looks fairly straightforward though.

I got your email with the two links...thanks so much!


WillyG's picture

If your library has Interweave's book Wrap Style, a nice and manageable pattern is Evelyn Clark's Shetland Triangle shawl; it is triangular, as the name suggests. One nice feature is that the pattern repeat makes for a very easily adjusted size depending on how much yarn you have. I do agree with Tallguy about crescent-shaped shawls fitting better, though.

One more thought is the Candle Flame Shawl - it is written for bulky yarn, but it makes a beautiful lace shawl when done with a lace or sock weight yarn with appropriate needles; I did one using about 475 yards of fingering weight and US 9 needles, and I thought it turned out great. Below is the web address (note, there has been errata listed by a user on ravelry; if you need it, let me know):


CLABBERS's picture

Thanks Willy,
I have saved the file to a pdf and will study it. It looks really neat. I am assuming that if I make it with sock yarn, I can just keep knitting and knitting and knitting and it will turn into a nice shawl with smaller leaves. I may try it a bit using the larger needles with some scrap yarn I have. It's pretty odd looking self-striping sock yarn, so it won't make for anything pretty. It will, however, give me some practice. I really like the candle flame design.
Again, thanks!


Tom Hart's picture

Nice looking pattern! Thanks for posting it. I think I'll have to try it...