With an easy stitch pattern reminiscent of a field of gently waving grasses, our Meadow Breeze Scarf + Shawl in our new fingering weight cotton and linen Oleander yarn is as soft and light as a summer breeze!

Meadow Breeze Scarf + Shawl | Purl Soho

Simple increases and decreases travel in a repeating pattern across the surface of the fabric, blowing first in one direction, then the other… A mesmerizing knit! The straightforward pattern repeats each right-side row, shifting one stitch to the left or right until it’s time to change direction, for easy, meditative knitting. 

Meadow Breeze Scarf + Shawl | Purl Soho

And the stitch pattern naturally creates a beautiful ripple along every edge of the fabric. A quick, little slip stitch to start and finish every other row enhances these soft lines.

Meadow Breeze Scarf + Shawl | Purl Soho

It’s all super elegant in our new Oleander. Named for a silver-leaved, flowering shrub that thrives in the hot climate of the Mediterranean, Oleander is the ultimate warm-weather knitting yarn. It’s as light as a whisper, and you’ll need just two balls for a narrow, floaty scarf, and five for a generously sized square shawl.

Meadow Breeze Scarf + Shawl | Purl Soho

Made in Italy from 50% Turkish cotton and 50% Belgian linen, earthy Oleander is breathable enough for the hottest of days. The linen has a pleasing, dry touch, while the cotton brings touchable softness for next-to-skin wear… And both fibers will keep you wonderfully cool!

Meadow Breeze Scarf + Shawl | Purl Soho
Meadow Breeze Scarf + Shawl | Purl Soho

Cast on for a Meadow Breeze Scarf or Shawl that you’ll wear all summer long. You’ll smile every time you feel the fabric floating in the gentle gusts it’s named for!

Meadow Breeze Scarf + Shawl | Purl Soho

Designed by Purl Soho designer, Hiromi Glover. See even more of Hiromi’s work on her Instagram

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Materials

Meadow Breeze Scarf + Shawl | Purl Soho
  • 2 (5) balls of Purl Soho’s Oleander, 50% cotton and 50% linen. Each ball is 205 yards/ 50 grams; approximately 385 (910) total yards required. We used the colors Toasted Sesame and Dijon Yellow.
  • US 2 (3 mm), 16- or 24-inch circular needles, or size needed to obtain gauge

NOTE: If you’re knitting the Shawl size, you may not need the 5th ball (we used every last bit of 4 balls, plus an extra few yards for our sample). If you don’t end up needing it, you can return unwound yarn for a refund within 30 days of purchase, or within 6 months, for store credit. Our Return Policy has all the details!

GAUGE

30 stitches and 39 rows = 4 inches in stitch pattern

SIZES

Scarf (Shawl)

  • Finished Dimensions: 5½ inches wide x 59¼ inches long (27 inches wide x 27¼ inches long)

SAMPLES: We knit the Scarf in Toasted Sesame and the Shawl in Dijon Yellow.

NOTES

STITCH MULTIPLE

This pattern is worked over a multiple of 10 + 2 stitches.

SLIP STITCHES

Slip all slip stitches purlwise with yarn in front (wyif).

LIFTED INCREASES (RLI + LLI)

RLI (Right Lifted Increase): Lift right leg of stitch below next stitch on left-hand needle onto left-hand needle and knit it. [1 stitch increased]

LLI (Left Lifted Increase): Lift left leg of stitch 2 rows below last stitch on right-hand needle onto left-hand needle and knit it through the back loop. [1 stitch increased]

To see both techniques in action, visit our Lifted Increase Tutorial!

PATTERN

Cast on 42 (202) stitches. We used a basic Long Tail Cast On.

Set-Up Row (wrong side): Slip 1 (see Notes), purl to last stitch, slip 1.

Work Meadow Breeze Pattern either from Written Instructions or Chart, both below.

MEADOW BREEZE PATTERN: WRITTEN INSTRUCTIONS

Row 1 (right side): K2, *LLI (see Notes), k2, slip slip knit (ssk), k6, repeat from * to end of row.

Row 2 and all even-number rows (wrong side): Slip 1, purl to last stitch, slip 1.

Row 3: K3, *LLI, k2, ssk, k6, repeat from * to last 9 stitches, LLI, k2, ssk, k5.

Row 5: K4, *LLI, k2, ssk, k6, repeat from * to last 8 stitches, LLI, k2, ssk, k4.

Row 7: K5, *LLI, k2, ssk, k6, repeat from * to last 7 stitches, LLI, k2, ssk, k3.

Row 9: K6, *LLI, k2, ssk, k6, repeat from * to last 6 stitches, LLI, k2, ssk, k2.

Row 11: K7, *LLI, k2, ssk, k6, repeat from * to last 5 stitches, LLI, k2, ssk, k1.

Row 13: K6, *knit 2 together (k2tog), k2, RLI (see Notes), k6, repeat from * to last 6 stitches, k2tog, k2, RLI, k2.

Row 15: K5, *k2tog, k2, RLI, k6, repeat from * to last 7 stitches, k2tog, k2, RLI, k3.

Row 17: K4, *k2tog, k2, RLI, k6, repeat from * to last 8 stitches, k2tog, k2, RLI, k4.

Row 19: K3, *k2tog, k2, RLI, k6, repeat from * to last 9 stitches, k2tog, k2, RLI, k5.

Row 21: K2, *k2tog, k2, RLI, k6, repeat from * to end of row.

Row 23: K1, *k2tog, k2, RLI, k6, repeat from * to last stitch, k1.

Repeat Rows 1–24 twenty-three (10) more times.

Go on to Finishing section, below.

MEADOW BREEZE PATTERN: CHART

NOTE: New to reading charts? Unravel the mysteries with our Reading A Chart Tutorial!

Starting in the bottom right corner of the Chart below, work right-side (odd number) rows from right to left and wrong-side (even number) rows from left to right.

Work Rows 1–24 twenty-four (11) times.

KEY

Meadow Breeze Scarf + Shawl | Purl Soho

CHART

Meadow Breeze Scarf + Shawl | Purl Soho

NOTE: Want to see it bigger? Download this chart (and key) as a PDF!

FINISHING

With right side facing you, bind off knitwise.

Weave in the ends and gently wet block.

Meadow Breeze Scarf + Shawl | Purl Soho
Meadow Breeze Scarf + Shawl | Purl Soho

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