Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Free Pattern: Easy Peasy shawl

I said I'd do this last week, but better late than never! Here's the pattern for the Easy Peasy shawl:

Easy Peasy!


Yarn: Fingering weight, 350m
Needles: 4.5 mm
Gauge: To be honest, I don't think it's that important because the beauty of top-down shawls is that you can make them any size you want.
Size made: Around 120cm x 60cm (but this may be because I had a shortage of yarn. You can make this as big as you want, just add more yarn).

More about the shawl design here.

To start,
Cast on 5 sts.
Row 1 (right side row): Knit 2 border sts, yarn over, knit 1 (this will be the center stitch from now on), yarn over, knit 2 border sts.
Row 2 (wrong side row): knit 2 border sts, purl to last two sts, knit 2 border sts.
Row 3: knit 2 border sts, yo, k1, yo, k1 (center st), yo, k1, yo, knit 2 border sts.
Row 4:  knit 2 border sts, purl to last two sts, knit 2 border sts.
Row 5: k2, yo, k3, yo, k1 (center st), yo, k3, yo, k2.
Row 6: knit 2 border sts, purl to last two sts, knit 2 border sts.
Row 7: k2, yo, k5, yo, k1 (center st), yo k5, yo, k2.
Row 8: knit 2 border sts, purl to last two sts, knit 2 border sts

After these 8 rows, start referring to the Shawl chart which you can download here. But please make sure to continue reading the instructions below first before you start it :)

The charts show just a wedge, or one half of the triangular shawl, and the whole pattern is symmetrical. Knit the rows as seen in the chart until you reach the center stitch, and then just repeat the row on the other side of the center stitch, ending with two border stitches.

Start with Row 9 of the chart. The snowflake stitch pattern has 6 rows per repeat, and I have only charted it up to 3 stitch pattern repeats* per row (until row 26). After that, as you increase the size of the shawl, repeat rows 21 to 26, making sure to repeat the part that is highlighted in red as many times as necessary in the row before you reach the end part of the row in the pattern.

For example, in row 23: k2 border sts, yo, k2, yo, k1, yo, sl2k1psso, yo, k4, *k1, yo, sl2k1psso, yo, k4*, repeat ** until 8 sts remain, then k1, yo, sl2k1psso, yo, k1, yo, k2, yo, k2 border sts.



Once the shawl has reached approximately 5-6 inches less than the desired length, and ending with a row that has an even number of stitch pattern repeats, start with row 1 of the border chart on page 2 of the pdf. In the border chart, you will find one last stretch of the stitch pattern repeat, but it's been modified a bit (no more extra YOs). Knitting rows 1-6 of the border chart should give you an odd number of stitch pattern repeats in the row before starting the first layer of the border (the chart shows I have 5 repeats of the snowflake stitch pattern).

As you knit the first layer of the border (rows 7 to 20), repeat the part that is highlighted in red as many times as necessary in the row before you reach the end part of the row in the pattern. Same goes for the second layer of the border (rows 21 to 32).



Bind off by knitting two stitches together, transferring the stitch back onto the left needle, knit two together, transferring the stitch back onto the left needle, and so on and so forth.

There you have it! Good luck and let me know if you do actually try it. Don't hesitate to contact me for any questions :D


**stitch pattern repeat means each snowflake made :)

4 comments:

  1. It's very pretty :) I have to try this before I give up knitting hehehehe

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  2. I am a newish knitter. It looks lovely. What is a border stitch? I am soooo tempted.

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    1. It's a fairly simple first shawl, actually :) If you wanna try it, just let me know, I can guide you through it! edwinasalang@gmail.com
      Oh, and the border stitch pattern is the pattern at the edge that makes it pointy :)

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  3. This looks beautiful! I think I will attempt it. thank you!

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