Urban Collection Vol 2: Caroline Ave Shawl (final collection pattern)

Knitters, I promised you one final pattern in the Urban Collection, Vol 2, and here it is! Presenting the Caroline Ave. Shawl, named (like the Empire Ave cardigan) for one of the Queen streetcar stops en route to the Purple Purl yarn shop in Toronto.

The pattern is available here on Ravelry, and soon the entire set will also be available on Patternfish.


My goal with this collection was to present three sweaters of slightly different styles, each with at least one accompanying lace accessory. I also wanted to use a selection of different yarns, and Tanis Fiber Arts Red Label yarn is one that I hadn’t worked with before – so, a one-skein project with TFA Red Label was on deck to accompany the Empire Ave. cardigan.

This yarn is an elegant fingering/sport-weight luxury blend, and is soft and pleasant enough to touch that not much is required to make it really stand out. So, I gave it the crescent-shaped shawl treatment with this pattern, with a stockinette body (worked with short-row shaping) and a simple 2-row lace pattern border. This makes it easy to use up the entire skein, since you can essentially just stop working the border pattern once you’re left with enough to work the final couple of rows before bind-off. (If in doubt – always place a lifeline as you go in case you need to pull back! 😉 )


The Caroline Ave. shawl (or ‘shawl-ette’, more appropriately) is a simple accessory intended for those times when you want a little something extra to keep away the chill (or over-airconditioning, perhaps), or an accessory to add a splash of colour to your outfit. It’s shown here in ‘olive’ but I think would be fabulous in just about any of Tanis’ yarn colours.


Thanks again to Tanis for the yarn support on this collection, for my knitter friend Austen for patiently modelling (sometimes in awfully chilly temperatures!) and to you fine knitter folks for your interest in the collection. It’s been a satisfying set of patterns to release and I am hoping to go back to them for more items for my own wardrobe!

I hope your week is starting off well – I’ll catch you a bit later with more knitting adventures in the week!




  1. Stunning! This seems like a perfect accessory for spring and fall, when it’s barely too chilly for those lovely sundresses or you want to keep from freezing your butt off in the air conditioning. It’s also nice that the pattern works with variegated yarn, sometimes lace just disappears if there’s any color variation. I love the green and purple combo too, it’s so pretty!

  2. Stephanie · ·

    It looks very pretty in that strong color. Just the perfect thing for air conditioning days at work! Another pattern to consider…

  3. A beautiful design collection all together!

  4. Just discovered your blog… where have I been?

  5. Very pretty!!

  6. Pilaar · ·

    Yup! That’s what I’ve been waiting for…now to get home from work and be able to scoop it up! Thanks for your lovely work, I’ve enjoyed a number of your patterns.

  7. Meredith MC · ·

    I love crescent-shaped shawls. They are so easy to wear as a scarf or shawlette, or even with the ends tied around the lower back for a shrug-type effect. I love that the lace pattern is simple enough to really let the yarn shine. Excellent design sensibilities!

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