After much hemming and hawwing, I’ve decided to offer the Noro version of the Simple Yet Effective Shawl pattern for sale here!

love those stripes!

This mini shawl is a great accent to any outfit and helps ward off the chills! It’s worked in Noro Kureyon Sock in a fun striping pattern, but would be great knit out of any sock yarns you have laying about, especially handpaints and striping yarns. It uses just one 100-g ball of fingering weight yarn – but is also adaptable to any yarn weight you like!

Finished Measurements
45 inches across the top x 19 inches deep at center point

1 skein Noro Kureyon Sock (450 yd/100g) or at least 400 yards other fingering weight yarn
eta: I used colourway S185!
1 set 3.5mm/US 4 24″ or 32″ circular needles
stitch markers
tapestry needle

Approximately 20 sts and 32 rows = 10 cm/4″ square in stockinette stitch

Easy – suitable for a beginner.

noro mini shawl

To Order

Please note that this pattern is available in print format at lettuce knit in Toronto, Ontario for just $2 Canadian. We will gladly mail copies of the pattern, printed on card stock, for $2 plus shipping. So any locals or visitors, come on by the store and pick up your copy for just $2!


Download this pattern in pdf format for $3.50 CAD.

Payment by Paypal and pattern download delivery via Ravelry.

Note: As of July 5, 2010, sales tax will be added to this price for all Canadian residents only. The rates are: British Columbia 12%; Ontario, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador 13%; Nova Scotia 15%; and everywhere else in Canada 5% GST. Tax will be added in the Paypal payment process.

Questions, concerns? email me!

Simplet Yet Effective FAQ

25 Responses to “simple yet effective, version 2.0”

  1. Dani

    Gah! I just finished mine for my mom…. I saw your little free screen shot version last week and just had to start. I think mine is a touch different – I think your sections are twice as wide as mine? It was a super quick project too. I finished it up in just a couple of days :) Thanks so much Laura!

  2. Mary

    Hi I am just learning to knit. Do you have a pattern that would be suitable for an 18 month old? This is the age my daughter will be next Fall. Thanks!

  3. Iris E.

    I have a question about how to create the stripes. I just purchased the pattern but would love some more specifics on how to split the skein into two balls. I am guessing this is done by weight? And then I just alternate knitting with each ball? I don’t need to rewind one of the balls?
    I am probably way overthinking this, but I want those pretty stripes!

  4. beth

    I know this appears to be a simple pattern, but I sew much more than I knit…so I have a question about the stripes too. I split the yarn in two by weight, but I’m wondering if I’ll need to rewind the second ball. Maybe I’m overthinking this as well, but since the yarn is self striping I’m wondering at the need to “create” more stripes. But if that’s what I need to do, I’ll do it, as I absolutely love this shawl. thank you, beth

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  9. Liz

    I just picked up some Noro Kureyon sock yarn to knit the simple shawl. Trying to follow your instructions to get the pattern you created. Do you join the second split ball after you have knitted one colour? I am not sure I understand your instructions. Thanks

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    Oh, luminous! (my earthier version of the SYES won 3rd place in our county fair this Labour Day weekend, yay!)


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