Atalaya

This cozy worsted–weight shawl is knit in a basket-weave stitch with several size and color options. It is worked top-down from the center outward in a shallow V.

Skills required: increasing by knitting into the front and the back of a stitch, backwards-loop cast-on, slipping stitches

Sizes: small (152.5 cm across and 54 cm deep after blocking) and large (183 cm across and 61 cm deep after blocking)

Gauge: 17 stitches to 10 cm of garter basket-weave stitch. Gauge is not critical but will affect the finished size and the meterage required

Note: Though conversions to the metric system have been made on this page for your convenience, the pattern itself uses American measurements.

Contains:

  • Knitting pattern for textured garter basket-weave shawl in multiple colors
  • Suitable for advanced beginners

Materials you need at home:

  • Approximately 625 m of worsted weight yarn for the small size (185 m of color 1, 165 m of color 2, 230 m of color 3, and 45 m of an accent color) and 880 m for the large (265 m of color 1, 245 m of color 2, and 370 m of color 3). Samples were knit in Cascade 220 (wool), Noro Silk Garden (mohair/silk/wool), and Miss Babs Heartland (merino wool)
  • 4.5 mm/US 7 needles, or size needed to obtain gauge. A circular with an 80 cm or longer cable will be best one you have a large number of stitches on the needles
  • Needles a size or two larger than your gauge needles, for binding off
  • Stitch marker
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
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Laura Aylor

If ‘knitting designer’ had been one of the job choices for those aptitude tests they give you in high school, I wouldn’t have spent so many years trying to decide what I wanted to be when I grew up. My best subject in high school was math; my best classes in college were logic, drawing, and a commercial art class. After careers in computer programming/analysis and child-rearing, knit design snuck up on me, but I think it’s the perfect use of my odd skill set! I love every step of the process, from figuring out how to actually make what I’ve envisioned to putting the finishing touches on a pattern, not to mention all the knitting that comes in between!

I also love reading and hiking and spending time on Brier Island in Nova Scotia every summer.

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