Flotus Shawl

In Fingering weight yarn, Good for gradients, Patterns, Shawls & Shawlettes by Shannon

As a tribute to Michelle (and all of our illustrious First Ladies past), and as a nod to the big knitting trade show being held in DC this year, the Flotus Shawl was born. Grab a gorgeous gradient, mix in a sprinkle, and you’ve got potato chip knitting at its very finest. Fun, fast, and with a truly presidential punch, you’ll find this shawl flying off of your needles and around your neck.


  • Finished Measurements: 78″ wingspan, 16″ deep at center.
  • Yarn: approximately 645 yards total fingering-weight yarn. I used Knitted Wit Victory Fingering in this shawl: 45 yards each of a Gumballs Sixlet Gradient Set (colors A-F) & 375 yards of a First Lady Sprinkle (color G).
  • Needles: US5/3.75mm needle for flat knitting, or size needed to get gauge.
  • Notions: stitch markers, tapestry needle.
  • Gauge: 22 sts = 4″/10 cm in stockinette stitch, measured after blocking.