When you have a really beautiful yarn, a simple pattern is sometimes best, like this yarn over shawl. The basic triangular shape is easy to work, and the yarn overs up the middle add even more interest to the lovely yarn.
The yarn I chose made this a one-skein project, but even if you don't have a huge skein lying around it's a great project for a special yarn you don't know how to use.
- About 550 yards of light weight wool or wool-blend yarn or other yarn of your choice (I used a hank of Interlacements Toasty Toes in Grape Harvest)
- one set of size 6 US circular knitting needles, the longer cable the better
- two stitch markers
- scissors and yarn needle
20 stitches and 27 rows per 4 inches (5 stitches and 6.75 rows per inch) in Stockinette Stitch. Gauge is not critical.
Finished size is 57 inches wide at the top and 31 inches long at the center. Your size may vary.
- Cast on 3 stitches.
- Knit 1, yarn over, place marker, K1, place marker, yo, K1.
- Knit next row.
- K2, yo, slip marker, K1, slip marker, yo, K2.
- Next row, K3, P1, K3.
- Continue, increasing each side of center stitch on right side and keeping first and last 3 stitches in Garter Stitch on each side, until you have about 150 stitches on needle.
- Next right side row, add a make one increase on each end after and before the Garter Stitch border in addition to the yarn overs.
- When you start to get worried about running out of yarn (I had about 265 stitches), work in Garter Stitch 3 rows.
- Bind off, cut yarn and weave in ends.
Finishing Your Shawl:
It's absolutely critical to block this project, both to get the edges to lie flat and to open up the yarn overs. Take the time to do this, or your project won't look as great as it can.