Friday, April 24, 2009

boneyard shawl

Boneyard Shawl
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!


cattiekit said...

Well, aren't you kind to give us this lovely-but-simple shawl pattern? I bet you could have gotten $$ for it, but some people are just nice that way. :>D

Kay-From the Back Yard said...

That's really nice, thank you!

Emily said...

If I didn't have to leave for work, I'd be casting on immediately. That's so elegant and wearable.

Thank you for the pattern!

JillTB said...

I will go through my yarn stash and see what color I come up with. Looks like a great project to start tomorrow morning after the wash is started. Thanks for sharing. Jill

KCarney said...

Stephen, I'm currently making this in Rowan Felted Tweed and I'm really enjoying it! Thanks very much for sharing this. Karen

jeri said...

Thank you so much. I started last weekend and I can't wait to finish so I can start another for a gift.
Beautiful and easy. Love it. said...

Stephen: I am starting this shawl tonight! Thanks. By the way, you remind me of myself 20 years ago except that I crocheted everything. You really do awesome work and I know that everyone is proud of you! Knit on!

Loverly said...

Where do I find instructions for EZ's sewn bind off? Thanks! Love your work, LLC