Three border options and a center that you can stripe any way you want or not at all give you lots of room to play. The center is knit first from one corner to the opposite side. Choose the scalloped border, the fun and funky flap border, or a minimalist garter band. The scalloped and flap borders use the live stitches plus picked up stitches form the other side. The simple banded border is knit one side at a time, first using the live stitches and then picked up stitches on the other side and top edge. Three specific stripe patterns are given as a starting point. Mix and match them with the borders or use your own idea for the center.
Techniques: garter stitch, knit in front and back increase, picking up stitches, backwards-loop cast-on for scalloped border
Finished measurements: approximately 127-150 cm across and 61-76 cm deep
Gauge: 22 stitches to 10 cm in lightly stretched, unblocked garter stitch
Note: Though conversions to the metric system have been made on this page for your convenience, the pattern itself uses American measurements.
- Knitting pattern for simple triangular shawl with a choice of three unique edgings
- Suitable for advanced beginners
Materials you need at home:
- Approximately 655 to 990 m of fingering weight yarn, depending on the style and size chosen. For the medium scalloped shawl, you will need 450 m of color 1, 45 m of color 2, and 160 m of the border color for a total of 655 m. For the large scalloped shawl, you will need 635 m of color 1, 55 m of color 2, and 240 m of the border color for a total of 930 m. For the medium flapped shawl, you will need 165 m of color 1, 110 m of color 2, 220 m of color 3, and 210 m of the border color for a total of 705 m. For the large flapped shawl, you will need 235 m of color 1, 155 m of color 2, 305 m of color 3, and 255 m of the border color for a total of 950 m. For the medium banded shawl, you will need 155 m of color 1, 345 m of color 2, and 230 m of the border color for a total of 730 m. For the large banded shawl, you will need 210 m of color 1, 480 m of color 2, and 300 m of the border color for a total of 990 m. Samples were knit in Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light, a single-ply superwash merino
- 3.75 mm/US 5 needles (circular recommended), or size needed to obtain gauge or get a fabric you like. (If you knit at a different gauge, be aware that your meterage requirements will be different)
- Stitch markers
- Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
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.