Simple Knit Triangle Shawl free Pattern

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Many of the shawls found in my shop, JiSTknits on Etsy start with a simple triangle from which individual garments evolve with decorative edges, borders and beads.  A triangle shaped shawl can be knitted from the bottom up… side to side or in this case, from the top down.  Starting at the back of the neck with very few stitches, the triangle shape is achieved through rythmic increases.

triangle shawl knit with lace border

Triangle shawl knit of a light rayon hand dyed yarn with an open lace and bead edging.

• Approximately 200-500 yards of yarn of your choice. (Purchase an additional 100-500 more yards for bottom edge lace or ruffle)
• Round knitting needle 1-4 sizes larger than yarn packaging suggests in order to achieve either a firm (the size the yarn manufacturer suggests)  or an open and airy knit fabric (a larger needle than suggested).
• 36-50 beads with a large enough hole to fit 2 strands of yarn – optional
• 1 yard of waste yarn
• 4 stitch markers

Sizing: One size fits all. Finished shawl size (as pictured at right) approximately 58 wide x 29” tall.

Gauge:  Gauge will vary and is not important with this garment.

green triangle shawl with buttons and leaf border

This triangle was knit of a nubby green cotton with a traveling leaf design along the bottom edge. Optional buttons turn the simple triangle into a poncho.

Slip Stitch Pearlwise
– slide right hand needle into stitch with yarn in front as if to purl. Shift stitch from left needle to right needle without making a new stitch.
Yarn Over Increase – bring the knitting yarn around the needle between two existing stitches on one row, and then work that strand as a stitch when you work your way back to it in the next row.
Stockinette Stitch – Knit right side rows. Purl wrong side rows
Garter Stitch – Knit every row

Select yarn: Choose yarn and needle size to knit a loose fabric that will drape, have some body but little or no stiffness. This easy shawl can be knit with any weight yarn from lace to bulky. I especially like working this pattern with a yarn with thin and thick textures.

Set up:Using waste yarn of a similar weight as your project yarn but contrasting color, cast on 3 stitches. Change to your shawl yarn and garter stitch for 5 ridges.  Next row: knit across the three stitches, pick up 5 stitches along the garter ridge. Remove the waste yarn and knit the three stitches from your cast on edge. (11 sts)

This periwinkle blue shawl has a wide ruffle knitted at the bottom. It is 100% cotton and available in my etsy shop.

Row 1 (RS): sl 1, knit 1 sts, place marker (pm), yo, k3, yo, pm, k1, pm, yo, k3,yo, pm, k2. (15 sts)

Row 2 (WS): sl 1, k1, purl 5, slip marker, p1, slip marker, purl 5, slip marker, k2.

Repeat Rows 1 & 2, slipping the first stitch of each row and maintaining the 2 stitch garter stitch edge and 1 stitch between yo’s on center back, you will be increasing 4 stitches on each right side row (2 stitches between each yarn over, except the center.) Continue to desired length minus the width of whatever decorative border you choose. Your border design will dictate the number of stitches needed at the bottom edge.

Part two will discuss border edge designs including lace, cable and fringe.

Happy Knitting!

Let me in!

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early spring cardinal trying to get to into my office window

Sitting at my computer on Saturday afternoon, I looked up to see a cardinal staring at me.  Well, to be more precise, he is staring at his reflection in my window.  He sits in the branches of the maple and white birch trees, hopping closer and closer… then fwackkkk… right into the window!

the cardinal trying to get at it's reflection in my office window

I suppose it will learn at some point that the window reflection is not real but in the meantime… here he comes again!

Yeah! Spring!

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‘A POP of Color in PA’ by JiSTdesigns

Yeah!!! Spring!!!

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Gorgeous Opaque Green Earrin…


Luxe Body Wash Trio, 8 oz ea…


Packet in Arabian Spice Leat…


Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

A “Make it work” moment or perhaps… Just Do It!

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The concepts materialize.. the words flow brilliantly…

And then I step out of the shower… crap!

What was I thinking? What did I want to say? What was that phrase that sounded so eloquent a moment ago?
Turn the water back on! Help!

I spend my weekdays creating blog posts, newsletter articles, advertisements, coupons… all for my day job.
When I get home in the evening, in front of the computer is the last place I want to be.
Give me a set of knitting needles, some yarn and maybe some beads and I’m happy. Relaxed.

On the weekends, cleaning, errands, baking, creating stained glass items for my other etsy shop… more knitting… again… staying away from the computer.

Well – that is about to change! New day, new leaf…

Split Personality

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Glass and fiber couldn’t be more different.  Sharp, clear, rigid… soft, lofty, pliable.

But something draws me to both of them equally.  Design ideas flow from one medium to the other as a new knitted cable design might inspire a stained glass picture frame or the texture in a sheet of glass triggers a knitted poncho design.

I’ve been known to literally walk through a yarn store scribbling ideas for a glass vase or picture frame, talking to myself or anyone around who will listen about the idea and its possibilities.  They think I’m nuts!

The colors of autumn (she writes on an 80 degree May day!) inspire a wonderful frame and fingerless gloves simultaneously.  The gloves were fun to create with glass beads knitted into the lace design.  The picture frame contains a photo from my daughter’s wedding… Flame Frame in Amber and Red - Dayna and Matta not so traditional frame for a wedding photo.

I must admit, it is easier to knit most days.  Working on stained glass takes time and energy.  It takes planning.  Knitting is a relaxing-in-the-evening activity. It travels well.

Stained glass… not so much…

But I’m drawn to both and will some day figure out a way to combine the two… stay tuned!

Welcome to JiSTdesigns!

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Welcome to JiSTdesigns!

Today is the first sunny spring day we’ve had in forever… and here I sit in front of the computer watching dark clouds roll in.

I’ve been planning to start a blog for a very long time but now that it’s in front of me, my mind is blank.  Guess that’s not unusual.  I’m more of a craftsperson than a writer so this blog will be filled with photos of my ideas and creations and some thoughts on my creative process (aka creative confusion!)

I work in fiber and glass… some day I’ll figure out a wonderful way to combine the two.  For now, I knit scarves, hats, wraps, fingerless or texting gloves, bags that are then felted and whatever else strikes my fancy.  My glass work is centered around functional items such as boxes and picture frames – things that have a purpose – although I have been know to create a “what the heck is that?” type object once in a while!

Here you’ll see it all!

Hope you enjoy!  ~jill