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Oct 15

Out West Shawl

Designed and woven by Sara Goldenberg

We love it when something looks complicated but turns out to be quite easy. Such is the case with the Time for Fall Ruffled Shawl, designed by Sara Goldenberg for Simple Woven Garments (Goldenberg and Patrick). This piece requires two warps, one for the body woven in mock waffle weave and a second, narrow warp woven in plainweave. It’s a breeze to weave and a delight to wear, especially as cool weather approaches.

We wove this variation in luscious Silk City yarns on a Flip rigid heddle loom. You can also weave on a Wolf Pup or Baby Wolf; for floor looms, add an extra 24″ to the length of both warps. See draft below.

Finished dimensions:

16″ wide x 60″ long


Rigid heddle loom or floor loom with at least a 15″ weaving width; 10-dent reed; 2 shuttles; warping board; sewing machine.

Body of Shawl

Out West shawl with spools of colored yarn

Warp yarn: 

Cotton Bambu in Sand (200 yards); Bambu 7 in Blue Steel (110 yards); New Mini Dina in Safari (110 yards); Bambu 7 Variegated in Magnolia (200 yards)

Note: Blue Steel and Safari are used together to form one working end. Magnolia is used doubled to create one working end.


Cotton Bambu in Sand (260 yards) Bambu 7 Variegated in Magnolia (130 yards)

Note: Use Magnolia doubled in the weft.

Weave structure: mock waffle weave

Warp length: 95″ which includes take-up and 24″ loom waste—for floor looms, add an additional 24″

Warp width: 14.9″

Number of warp ends: 149 working warp ends (see note about warp yarns)

EPI: 10

PPI: 9-10


Warp color pattern stretched on loom

Warp color pattern

Warp Color Order:

Pick up pattern for Out West shawl *Blue Steel and Safari are used together to form 1 working end

**Magnolia is used double (38 working ends—76 actual ends)

For rigid heddle looms, be sure to start your threading in a hole so that the Magnolia warp ends land in the slots. You’ll be picking them up to create your pattern.

Pick-Up Stick Pattern:

*2 down 2 up; repeat from * (all the Magnolia ends will be on the pick-up stick)

Step 1: Up

Step 2: Pick-up stick

Step 3: Up

Step 4: Pick-up stick

Step 5: Up

Step 6: Down

Step 7: Up and pick-up stick

Step 8: Down

Step 9: Up and pick-up stick

Step 10: Down

Step 11: Repeat Steps 1–10 for pattern. To balance at the end of the weaving, end with Steps 1–5.

Draft pattern for Out West shawl

Body of shawl in progress


Click here for a printable draft.

S = Sand (marked in chartreuse)

BSS = Blue Steel and Safari (marked in blue)

M = Magnolia doubled (marked in purple)


Weave with Sand, except use Magnolia, doubled, for the weft floats in steps 2 and 4 of the pick-up pattern.

Step 1: Weave 1-1/2″ of plainweave for the rolled hem.

Step 2: Weave for 61″ in mock waffle weave.

Step 3: Weave 1-1/2″ of plainweave for rolled hem edge.

Weave using Magnolia doubled until warp is finished. Use a nice even beat and try for even selvedges.

Detail of ruffle pattern for Out West shawl

Ruffle in progress


Warp yarn: New Mina Dina in Safari (280 yards)

Weft yarn: Bambu 7 Variegated Magnolia (575 yards) Magnolia is used doubled,

Weave structure: plain weave

Warp length: 9 yards, which includes take-up and 24″ loom waste—for floor looms, add an additional 24″

Warp width: 3″

Total ends: 30

EPI: 10

PPI: 10

Note: do not overpack. Beating too hard will make the ruffle too dense, making it impossible to pull the warp yarns to make the fabric ruffle. Err on the side of on looser rather than tighter packing.


Hand wash both fabrics in warm to hot soapy water, hang or lay flat to dry. (I did not put this in the dryer at all. You do not want to heavily full the fabric.)


Step 1: Starting with the body of the shawl, use the 1-1/2″ of plainweave on either end to create a double rolled hem. Press, pin, and stitch into place by hand or on the sewing machine.

Step 2: Ruffle the trim by pulling the second thread in from one selvedge edge. Pull from both ends of the fabric and smooth out to get an even ruffle all the way around.

Step 3: Pin the ruffle in place around all 4 edges, overlapping the edge of the body fabric about 1/2″. Adjust as needed so that the ruffle is even around all the edges. When you are certain you have the right amount of pull in your warp to make the ruffle lie evenly all the way around, fold over one edge of the ruffle with 1/2″ single-fold hem. Steam-press and stitch.

Step 4: Using a sewing machine, stitch the ruffle to the body of the shawl all the way around, stopping 4″ from the end to double check the point at which you need to hem the other end. You may need to cut off excess or let a little bit of length out of the ruffle to make it fit. Fold the end in the opposite direction so that the folded edges of the ruffle overlap. Once you know the length is correct, sew a single-fold hem on the other end. Secure the last 4″ of the ruffle to the base of the shawl. Stitch overlapped ends of the ruffle together.

Young woman wearing Out West shawl
















Thank you to Silk City Fibers for collaborating with us on this project. We loved working with these yarns and are so delighted with the resulting shawl, luxurious in its look and feel. You might know Silk City Fibers for their collection of weaving yarns, such as their 100% rayon chenille, Nature’s Way 2/30 merino, 5/2 Perle cotton, Bambu and Cotton Bambu yarns. Find their yarns at your favorite LYS or order direct from the Silk City Fiber website at

In January 2019, Silk City Fibers became a part of Orchard Yarn & Thread Company, Inc., known by consumers as Lion Brand Yarn Company. Lion Brand Yarn, a fifth-generation family-owned and -operated business, has been developing yarns for hand-knitting and crochet for over 140 years. Silk City Fibers has been producing and distributing high quality and luxury coned yarns for over 40 years.