One of the easiest borders to add to your Simple Knit Triangle Shawl base is a ruffle. Hot right now, the ruffle adds a feminine touch to any knit garment. It does take a little patience as you will end up with more stitches on your needle that you ever thought possible!
Step 1: Complete your Simple Knit Triangle Shawl to your desired length…. 12″to 18″ from center for a scarf/capelet, 24″ to 30″ for a shawl/poncho. This measurement is from the back neck center stitch to your needle. The actual width of your shawl is twice that measurement. The blue shawl measures approx. 26″ and used approx. 200 yards of yarn.
Step 2 (decorative optional row): On the next right side row, k 2, slip marker (sl m), yo, *(knit two together, yo) across to marker, ending with a yo at marker, sl m, k2. Next row (WS): k2, sl m, purl to marker, sl m, k2.
Step 3: This is where things get interesting! Change to a 36″ – 40″ circular needle of the same needle size. Next row (RS): k2, sl m, yo, knit in front and back of each stitch across to marker, yo, sl m, k2. You have now virtually doubled the stitches on your needle! If necessary, change to longer double pointed needle of the same size and stockinette stitch the next 4 rows being sure to maintain your garter stitch/yarn over border.
Step 4: Get ready to double your stitches again! Seriously! Next row (RS): k2, sl m, yo, knit in front and back of each stitch across to marker, yo, sl m, k2. Continue in stockinette stitch for an inch to 5 inches depending upon the width of the ruffle you prefer. The blue ruffle measures 4 inches from the bottom of the decorative eyelet row to this point.
Step 5: In order to discourage the stockinette stitch ruffle from curling as stockinette stitch is inclined to do, I added another eyelet row (rs) and three rows of garter stitch. Bind off all stitches loosely knitwise. The ruffle of this shawl used an additional 500 yards of yarn.
Step 6: Sew in all loose ends.
Voila! A triangle shawl with knitted on ruffle! Enjoy!
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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.
• 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.
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… a 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!