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.
• 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.
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)
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.