Have a few skeins of fingering-weight yarn that need something to do this summer? Bring two or a few colors together to play in Summer Camp, an easy-to-memorize and easy-to-modify shawl that makes an effortless, low-key knit. It’s perfect for pairing a crazy variegated or a speckled colorway with a coordinating solid, or for using leftovers or a gradient set. The shawl is worked sideways with a knitted-on edging, and the simple instructions mean you can knit one up from wherever your summer days take you.
Resizing is easy - just add stripes! (The final scallop directions will work as written as long as you increase by full stripes.)
If you like having a row-by-row stitch count, there is a separate pdf available to download.
Finished measurements: approximately 173 cm wide and 35.5 cm deep
Gauge: 22 stitches to 10 cm of 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 summer shawl
- Photo tutorial and line-by-line stitch counts included
- Suitable for advanced beginners
Materials you need at home:
- Approximately 880 m of fingering weight yarn. For the shawl used, about 440 m of each color were used
- 3.75 mm/US 5 needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
- Stitch markers - 13 locking markers to mark off the final scallops (optional, but they will help keep you on track)
- 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.