Sunstruck

An asymmetrical triangular garter stitch shawl knit in at least two - but as many as thirteen - colors.

Pattern includes spreadsheets that you can download with row-by-row stitch counts for each section. A sketch of the finished shawl is included for color planning.

Skills required: decreasing (k2tog), increasing (kfb), short rows (instructions included), picking up stitches (border only)

Finished measurements: approximately 178 cm across and 63.5 cm deep

Gauge: 22 stitches and 44 rows to 10 cm in lightly blocked garter stitch

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 graphic garter stitch shawl
  • Schematic and row-by-row stitch counts included
  • Suitable for advanced beginners

Materials you need at home:

  • Approximately 1055 m of fingering weight yarn in two to thirteen colors. The requirements for each section and the border are as follows: 170 m for section 1, 95 m for section 2, 70 m for section 3, 55 m for section 4, 60 m for section 5, 65 m for section 6, 60 m for section 7, 45 m for section 8, 40 m for section 9, 45 m for section 10, 55 m for section 11, 80 m for section 12, and 215 m for the border
  • 3.75 mm/US 5 needles, or size needed to obtain gauge. Gauge is not critical but will affect yardage required and finished size. A circular with a 60 cm cable works well
  • 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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