School Gate Shawlette Knitting Pattern & ECIYC Back2School Campaign

Introducing my newest knitting pattern called School Gate Shawlette. It was inspired by the ironwork openings and lattice textures of my son’s school gate. This pattern is being released as part of a fundraiser for Every Child Is Your Child Ireland’s Back2School GoFundMe. All proceeds from this pattern go to ECIYC.

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Red circle logo of parents holding infants

Every Child Is Your Child

Every Child is Your Child is a Limerick-based community group in its fourth year running. Their goal is to assist parents of school-going age children living in Direct Provision with back-to-school-related costs. Currently, there are over 2,000 children living in the Direct Provision system in Ireland. Direct Provision is intended to provide for the welfare of asylum seekers and their families as they await decisions on their international protection applications in Ireland. Around 40% have been waiting for more than five years.

Asylum seekers live on an allowance of €38.80 per week and €29.80 per child per week without any additional support from social welfare. There is a once-a-year back-to-school allowance, but it is not sufficient at all. It is a huge burden and challenge for parents, and for children, especially those of school-going age. This campaign is ECIYC’s only hope to provide 2,000 children living in Direct Provision with essential back-to-school supplies.

Every Child Is Your Child is not just the name of their group, but also what they represent. Let us show the children living in Direct Provision they are not forgotten, but instead that they are valued and deserving of the essential tools to pursue their education and to be children.


The Design

The School Gate Shawlette is a bottom-up crescent-shaped shawlette with two lace patterns. The body of shawl is comprised of columns of eyelets reaching up to the top edge which is a texture-rich lattice design. Increases are made along the edge.

The entire shawl is knit with one six-skein mini fade set, which has a total of 552yds/504m, 120g. You can create your own custom fade or mini skein sequence for your School Gate Shawlette. This would also be a beautiful shawl to knit the body with a single 100g skein, then knit the top edge with a contrasting 20g mini skein. The yardage was exactly perfect for this design.

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It is just the right size to fit under layers without adding bulk. The top edge bears a lattice-like stitch design.

The yarn fade also happens to match the colors in my central heterochromia eyes.

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 Screenshot of GoFundMe page to show the referral dropdown and my name Evin OK listed as the option if you want to buy the knitting pattern.

How to Buy This Pattern

This pattern is available exclusively by donating to Every Child Is Your Child Ireland’s Back2School GoFundMe.
Here is the exact process to follow if you’d like this pattern:

  1. Donate at least €7.00 to ECIYC’s Back2School GoFundMe.
  2. Select ‘Evin OK’ as the team member who referred you to the campaign.
  3. Email me with a subject line including ‘ECIYC’ and include the name given at time of donation. Use the email address to which you’d like the pattern download link sent. A Dropbox download link will then be emailed to you. I will not send any attachments. If you do not receive the pattern link within seven (7) days, email me again so I can fix things.
  • Ravelry: If you prefer delivery of the pattern on Ravelry, include your Ravelry username in the body of the email. The pattern will then be delivered straight to your library. I will not be using Ravelry as a delivery system unless you specifically request it due to recent accessibility issues.
  • Your Data: The screenshot of your donation is for verification purposes only. I will delete your original email, email address, and attached screenshot once the pattern link is sent.
  • Past Donations: If you previously donated to the GoFundMe and want that donation to count towards ‘purchasing’ this pattern, you can use the same process of emailing me, but send me a screenshot of your confirmation email. No payment details, please!

To maximise the funds going to ECIYC, this pattern is only available for purchase by donation through their GoFundMe. When that campaign ends, I will adjust the process accordingly but ALL proceeds will continue to go towards ECIYC for the rest of 2020. You can learn more about ECIYC’s work on their website or Instagram, but I’ll also describe their work briefly here.


The Hand-dyed Yarn

The design came together last summer when I saw a stunning mini skein fade set dyed by Les Belles Lainages. Her luminous 4ply Merino Singles mini skeins were the perfect inspiration for this design. Each of the six 20g (92yds/84m, 100% Merino Wool) mini skein shifted slightly from speckled off-white to a rich rust and patina hues.

4113973743_123dd0e751_oA rusted teal gate against a white concrete wall.Yarns drying with deep green on the left then rusty colors then off-white.A rusted teal gate against a white concrete wall.

Yarns mini skeins with deep green on the left then rusty colors then off-white.

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