2 June 2010

Violet-green shawl pattern (of sorts)

After sitting in the queue for over a month while waiting for my miniscule html skills to somehow magically convert the spreadsheet into a customizable pattern where one would be able to enter the tension and get the pattern altered to their own specs, the pattern's not moving and I dare say - I give up. It was a fab idea and is probably not as tricky to do as I think it is, but it looks like it'll take much too much time that I am not prepared to invest into something that's really simple. Therefore the pattern instructions here are in one size only, I used Violet-Green's sock yarn that knitted up nicely at a loose gauge to produce light, nicely draping fabric.

Gauge: 5sts & 8rows = 1 in (2.5 cm) in Stocking Stitch (St st).
Needles and notions: 4mm (US 6) circular needle or size to obtain the correct gauge, 6 stitch markers.
Note: If you would like your increases to be less noticable you should twist all YO's before working them on the row following the increase row.

Cast on 5 sts and knit one row.
Increase row 1: [K1, yo] to last stitch, k1. -- 9 sts.
Knit 4 rows.
Increase row 2 (RS): K3, yo, *k1, yo, repeat from * to last 3 sts, k3. -- 13 sts.
Next row (WS): K3, purl to last 3sts, k3.
Next row (RS): Knit.
Repeat last 2 rows once more.
Increase row 3 (WS): K3, yo, *p1, yo; repeat from * to last 3sts, k3. -- 21 sts.

Knit 1 row & at the same time place 6 markers as follows: K3, place contrast marker to denote edge sts, k2, pm, k4, pm, k3, pm, k4, pm, k2, place last contrast marker to denote edge sts, k3.

Main body of the shawl is worked in alternating strips of Stocking stitch and Reversed Stocking stitch while the edges are kept in garter.

Row 1 (inc row): K3 (edge sts), sm, YO, *knit to 1 st from next marker, YO, k1, sm, k1, YO; repeat from * 3 more times, knit to next marker, YO, sm, k3.
Row 2: K3, sm, purl to last marker, sm, k3.
Row 3: K3, sm, YO, knit to last marker, YO, sm, k3.
Row 4: K3, sm, purl to last marker, sm, k3.
Repeat rows 3&4 twice more then row 3 once again.

Repeat these 9 rows until your shawl is the size you'd like it to be or almost to the end of the ball. Work 6 rows in garter and bind off loosely to get a stretchy edge so that it doesn't pull if you were to block it. There is a number of ways to bind off loosely, from time-consuming but probably the neatest one I know -- sewn BO, to simply working it on larger needles; there is no rule to which one to use as long as it produces the result you're after and works for you. Weave in ends and block if desired.

1 comment :

  1. Thanks for the lovely pattern! I'll have to add it to the queue.


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