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Is this an extra-ordinarily practical shawl, or a criss-crossed vest? Both, perhaps. My great-grandma knit a doll-sized version of this shawl for my mom’s wartime doll. It inspired this woman’s garment: a shawl made of garter stitch with cupped shoulders—it clings to your curves. It is a vest with semi-hidden buttons and a shawl profile. Above all, it keeps your shoulders warm and won’t blow about with every whim. It sticks with you in all kinds of weather -- kind of like a good friend.

This pattern originally appeared as an incentive pattern for fans of [What (else) Would Madame Defarge Knit?][2] [Girl-][3] and [doll-sized][4] versions of this pattern appear in that book. This shawl utilizes garter stitch, yarn-over increases and simple decreases to hug your back and criss-cross your front, making for a lovely wrap-around fit! Shoulder straps attach at the opposite waist using 6 buttons.

Knitter may choose a worsted weight yarn like Cascade 220 or Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage.

Independent Designer
Laura Ricketts Designs
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6 buttons are necessary for attaching the straps by each hip. 6 other buttons are optional to back these fasteners.

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