Friday, April 24, 2009
By Stephen West
This simple triangular shawl is a great project for traveling or while relaxing at home. Once you get started, it is easy to memorize the construction of this cozy garment.
I worked this shawl in a DK weight tweedy wool yarn, but it would look lovely in any weight or fiber (bulky, fingering, striped, variegated, cotton, silk, etc…) I like to knit with a larger than recommended needle size for the yarn on this shawl because I get the most out of a yarn’s yardage. A looser fabric also allows for excellent drape.
Yarn: Rowan Rowanspun DK, colorway #748, 3 skeins (654 yards)
Needles: US 8, 32” circular
Notes: The shawl increases from the cast on stitches and ends at the shawl’s point with a garter stitch edge. The first and last 2 stitches of every row are knit while 4 yarn overs are added every other row (a yarn over at each end and a yarn over on each side of the center or “spine” stitch). As the shawl grows, a ridge is added every 12 rows to create extra textural interest and a simple garter stitch border ties everything together.
CO 5 sts
Set up row (WS): K2, P1 (mark this center stitch by placing a marker on it or a removable marker on each side of it), K2
Row 1 (RS): K2, yo, K1, yo, K2
Row 2 (WS): K2, yo, P3, yo, K2 (this is the only WS row where you increase with yo’s)
Row 3 (RS): K2, yo, knit to center stitch, yo, K1, yo, knit to last 2 sts, yo, K2
**Row 4 (WS): K2, purl to last 2 sts, K2
Repeat rows 3 and 4, creating a stockinette stitch fabric with garter stitch edges.
**On every 12th row (on the WS) knit the entire row instead of purling to form the ridges.
Continue knitting until shawl reaches about 2 inches less than desired finished size.
Keeping the yarn over increases going on every RS row, Knit all stitches on the RS and WS rows, making the garter stitch border. (Remember to allow enough yarn for the garter stitch border because with the large number of stitches at the end, the long rows use a lot of yarn.)
After the border is the desired length, bind off all stitches and weave in the ends. (I used one of my favorite flexible bind offs, Elizabeth Zimmerman’s sewn bind off, and I was very pleased with the finished edge.)
Block the finished shawl if you wish and enjoy!