“Ubiquitous Kate” is my interpretation of the now-famous shawl worn by Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge. It’s a top-down triangular shawl with a zigzag texture stitch. There are has additional increases to make a shallower, curved triangle with longer wings. After knitting the body of the shawl, stitches are picked up along the top edge, and the ruffle is worked in the round in your choice of either 1×1 rib or stockinette. Another option would be to just knit the ruffle on the bottom edge, leaving the top edge plain.
Yarn: Knit Picks Gloss Fingering, in “Timber”, 6 skeins. I used about 5 1/3 skeins of yarn for the shawl, so there is plenty of yardage for swatching and allowing for differences in gauge. The ruffle will take about the same amount of yarn as the body of the shawl.
Gauge: Approximately 20 sts and 36 rows over 4” in chart pattern after blocking on US 4/3.5mm needles.
As a reference, my gauge in stockinette UNBLOCKED was 23 sts by 30 rows. The yarn “grows” and the stitch pattern relaxes a bit after washing, so for an accurate gauge, be sure to knit a good-sized swatch and wet-block it by soaking it, squeezing the water out, then patting it out on a smooth surface and letting it dry.
The body (without the ruffle) after blocking is 20″ down the spine, and about 62″ along the curved top edge. With the ruffle, it measures about 24″ by 66″.
Errata: There were some errors in the written directions that have now been fixed, as well as one of the setup row instructions for the charts. The updated version has “Revised 8 July 2011” in the upper right corner of the first page. If you have the older version, please download the newer one.
Click here to download the pattern (Version2)
The photos below show the different ruffle options. The one on the left is the 1×1 rib, and the one on the right is the stockinette ruffle. The stockinette ruffle is more ruffly, but may have a tendency to curl (this didn’t seem to be a problem with the Gloss yarn, but it might be with some yarns). The 1×1 rib has more drape.