I’d Rather Purl My Waves

Knitting Pattern

By: Amal Saleh

 Aka: Purpleneedle


Before Youtube, I thought that the whole world knits just like me, English Style. I remember the first time I saw someone knitting Continental I thought they were left handed. Before Ravelry, I thought that purling is everyone’s primary stitch. For the longest time I believed that the only way to produce garter is by purling every row.

After all the exposures to different knitters and patterns, I realized that I belong to a very small group of people who’d rather purl than knit and that’s not the worst part. The worst part is that all patterns are written for those who’d rather knit than purl as if we don’t exist.

As a result, I had to keep converting patterns for myself.

They say, be the change you’d like to see, so I decided to start writing patterns for those, like me, who’d rather purl than knit.

When you look at the featured shawl in this pattern, you’d think it’s similar to any “Old Shale” pattern. Yes, the end results are the same, but the stitches are different.

This enormous rectangular shawl took me years to finish, but if you’re a product knitter you’d probably finish it in no time. It’s a meditative cozy wrap that can be used as a blanket or even a pillow.

All corrections, questions and comments are welcome.




One Size with notes at the end on how to customize

Finished Measurements

76” x 36”

Skill Level

Easy Intermediate


Needle US 6 – 4mm

11 Markers (Optional)


Worsted to Aran Yarn – 2950 to 3000 Yards

  • Color A – Debbie Macomber Blossom Street Collection Cashmere Fleur De Lys (10 Skeins)
  • Color B – Cascade Yarn, Casablanca (7 Skeins)
  • Color C – Scrumptious Solid (2 Skeins)

Gauge (Unwashed Un-stretched)

Lace Stitches – Each repeat 3.25” to 3.5”

Lace Rows – 8 rows in 2”

Garter Stitches – 10 stitches in 1”

Garter Rows – 5 ridges in 1”

Blocking this wrap is optional.


Ws – Wrong Side

Rs – Right Side

P – Purl

P2tog – Purl Two together

Yo – Yarn Over


Pattern Instructions

Using Color A and long tail Cast On, CO 200 Stitches

  • Row 1 (Ws) – P
  • Row 2 (Rs) – P

Join Color B to knit the following Rows without cutting Color A

  • Row 3 (Ws) – P
  • Row 4 (Rs) – P while placing markers after the first ten stitches, then after every 18 stitches and before the last 10 Stitches


Drop Color B and use Color A to knit the following Rows without cutting Color A

  • Row 5 (Ws) – P
  • Row 6 (Rs) – P10, P2tog x 3, (Yo, P) x 6, P2tog x 3, P10

Drop Color A and use Color B to knit the following Rows without cutting Color B

  • Row 7 (Ws) – P
  • Row 8 (Ws) – P

Row 9 to Row 16 – Repeat Row 5 to Row 8 two more times

Color A

  • Row 9 – Repeat Row 5
  • Row 10 – Repeat Row 6

Color B

  • Row 11 – Repeat Row 7
  • Row 12 – Repeat Row 8

Color A

  • Row 13 – Repeat Row 5
  • Row 14 – Repeat Row 6

Color B

  • Row 15 – Repeat Row 7
  • Row 16 – Repeat Row 8

Then knit two garter ridges

 Color A

  • Row 17 – P
  • Row 18 – P

Color B

  • Row 19 – P
  • Row 20 – P

Keep repeating Rows 5 to 20 until desired length

To match the Cast On Row, purl the last 3 rows using solid color and bind off at Ws.


Featured Shawl Instructions

  • I used three colors in the featured shawl, two at a time. You can use two colors or more.
  • For best results use solids for lace rows and variegated, self striped, hand died or speckled for garter ridges. I used solids for color A and C and self striped for Color B
  • I changed and alternated between Color A and C at the end of each ball but you can change colors every ridge (2rows) especially if you’re using left over yarn or mini skeins.
  • I mixed single and plied yarn to add some visual interest to the stitches. Feel free to experiment with what you have in stash or what you find pleasing to eyes.

How To Avoid Mistakes

  • Using markers between lace repeats will help you avoid mistakes
  • The garter ridges between the lace rows work as lifelines. So if you missed up a lace row all you have to do is just frog down to one of the garter ridges which is not too far from the lace row.

 How To Customize

  • You can use this pattern to knit any yarn weight and its compatible needles.
  • You can decrease the width by decreasing the number of border stitches. Instead of 10 border stitches at the beginning and at the end of each row, you can work 5 or 3 border stitches.


200 CO Stitches – (5 x 2) = 190 Customized CO Stitches

200 CO Stitches – (7 x 2) = 186 Customized CO Stitches

  • Also you can change the width by changing the number of the lace repeats. Instead of 10 lace repeats you can have 9, 8 or 7. All you have to do is just decrease the Cast On number of stitches by 18.


200 CO Stitches – 18 = 182 Customized CO Stitches (9 lace repeats)

200 CO Stitches – (18 x 2) = 164 Customized CO Stitches (8 lace repeats)

200 CO Stitches – (18 x 3) = 146 Customized CO Stitches (7 lace repeats)


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