Philotes is a triangular shawl designed to get the most out of your yarn. Named for the Ancient Greek spirit of friendship it would make a fantastic gift or make it from that extra special skien and treat yourself!

It is knit sideways with optional beading, a zigzag lace border, tightly braided cable, and a soft and warm garter stitch body. The size of the shawl is easily adjustable depending on the amount of yarn you have.

The pattern includes both charts and written instructions as well as a photo tutorial for beading, so however you like to read your patterns, you’re covered! The pattern has been tech edited and test knitted. There’s a screenshot of the pattern and a list of the stitches used at the bottom of the photos.

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Pattern Details


  • 400 yards of Old Maiden Aunt Merino/Silk 4ply (50% Merino/50% silk, 400 yards / 100g) (or your prefered yarn)
  • 4mm (US 6) circular needles, 24” long
  • Stitch marker
  • 400 - 500 Beads size 6/0 (optional). Approx 40g - 50g. (enough for 12 - 14 pattern repeats)
  • 0.75mm (US14) crochet hook or other method for placing beads
  • Cable needle


22 stitches and 26 rows in 10cm (4 inches) in garter stitch.

Gauge is not essential but may change the size of the finished shawl. Differences in gauge will also affect the amount of yarn used.

Finished Size

180 cm long by 34.5 cm deep (71” by 13.5”) after blocking.

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