- Knitting pattern for textured, colorful shawl that utilizes a gradient set to its best advantage
- Chart, row-by-row instructions, and technique photos included
- Suitable for intermediate knitters
Materials you need at home:
- One six-skein gradient set of Miss Babs Caroline (fingering-weight merino/cashmere/nylon) - 121.5 m per mini skein. Sample was knit in the Grand Bazaar gradient. These will be colors 1 through 6
- 65 m of a contrasting color (Ebony in the sample) for the pearls, edging, and picot bind-off
- 250 m of a color that coordinates with your gradient (Corset in sample). This will be color 7
- 3.5 mm/US 4 needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
- Stitch marker
- Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
Knit sideways in an easy textured stitch with inlaid “pearls,” Night Market incorporates eight colors to mimic the southeastern Asian pasar malam, or “night market,” which holds light and warmth up against the inky night.
Don’t let the length of this pattern alarm you - because of the eight-row texture stitch repeat, the two-row increase repeat, the four-row shaping repeat, and the color changes, the instructions work best given in line-by-line format.
Skills required: yarn overs, increasing, decreasing, slipping stitches, picot bind-off (instructions provided)
Finished measurements: approximately 167.5 cm wide and 48 cm deep, unblocked. This shawl needs minimal blocking and the dimensions should change very little after blocking
Gauge: 24 stitches to 10 cm of texture stitch, unblocked
Note: Though conversions to the metric system have been made on this page for your convenience, the pattern itself uses American measurements.
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.