My So Called Life Impsy Pimsy Shawl Recipe

© Debbie Qalballah 2011 all rights reserved

Please do not sell this pattern. This is given freely for personal use only. Permission is also granted for people wishing to use this pattern as part of a class so long as full credit is given. Thankyou for respecting my intellectual property.

This shawl was intended as a ‘scrap shawl’ for any leftover remnants or skeins in the stash. As such yardage isn’t exact and the pattern is simple enough to extend til the desired length is achieved.


I used Noro Silk Garden in colourway 236 for the top part of my shawl;  the combination of silk, kid mohair and lambswool means this is extra warm.  This is the yarn I used but use what you have/want for the colour and effect you desire ::

Yarn ::  1 skein noro silk garden 50g

             1 skein of kid mohair      50g

           1 skein of Peace Fleece Soyuz Apollo Teal 200yards

Needles :: 6mm

                 9mm circular

On the 6mm needles

CO 5 st

Row 1 (RS) ::      K2, YO, K1, YO, K2

Row 2 ::   K2, purl til last 2 stitches, K2

Row 3 ::   K2, YO, K1, YO, pm, K1, pm, YO, K1, YO, K2

Row 4 ::   as row 2

Row 5 ::   K2, YO, knit to marker YO, slm, K1, slm, YO, knit to 2 stitches                                                          

                before the end, YO, K2

Row 6  ::   as row 2

repeat row 5 & 6 until the shawl is the desired length before we finish off with the ‘lacey’ layer at the bottom. You can, of course, simply not bother with the lacey trim and BO here.

If you are using a worsted weight yarn for the ‘lacey’ trim then you can now change needles to the 9mm, or if not, stay with the 6mm, it doesn’t really matter. Increasing the needle size for weightier yarn will look great, but if you use a larger needle on DK yarn it might look scrappy. Your call.

Lacey layer ::  

row 1  ::   (RS) K2, *YO, K2tog   repeat* til you reach the centre stitch. If you have an even number of stitches to repeat the pattern of ‘yo, k2tog’ before you reach the centre stitch then do so. If one stitch remains before the centre stitch then YO, K1. Before the centre stitch in either case ::   YO, K1, YO then repeat *YO, K2tog until the final 2 stitches remain, then, YO, K2.

 row 2 :: K2, purl to the final 2 stitches, K2

repeat rows 1 & 2 til trim is desired length (or yarn almost finished) then finish the final few (I did six) rows in garter stitch and BO. Weave in ends and cosy up.