Do you ever have gorgeous skein of yarn in your stash that you can never quite find the perfect use for? I recently got my hands on a small skein of pink yarn with a yellow/green gradient section. After sitting with it for a couple weeks, I realized it would be fun to design a square shawl with it to highlight the shape of the garment and how the colors change as you knit.
Constructed from the center out, you add stitches at the edges and evenly across each quarter of the shawl. Increasing the stitches in this way creates a perfectly square shape, with an opening along one edge from the center to accomodate the wearer’s head. I love how the color change “turns” each corner of the square, highlighting the shawl’s bold, geometric shape!
The yarn I used for this comes from Bijou Basin Ranch, and it’s a specially dyed gradient yarn using their 50% yak/50% silk blend yarn, Shangri-La. So soft and light! This shawl is like wearing butterfly wings and is perfect for keeping the breeze off your skin as temperatures change in fall and spring.
Top Notched Shawl – the free pattern
US size 3 knitting needles – long circular needles recommended
1 skein yarn, any size – lace or fingering weight recommended
3 stitch markers
crochet hook or tapestry needle for weaving in ends
CO – cast on
WS – wrong side
RS – right side
k – knit
p – purl
yo – yarn over
pm – place marker
sts – stitches
sl m – slip marker
BO – bind off
CO 9 sts
garter ridge stripes
odd rows 1-19. (WS) k across.
2. (RS) k1, (yo, k1, yo, k1, pm) 3 times, (yo, k1) 2 times.
even rows 4-20. k1, (yo, k to 1 st before m, yo, k1, sl m) 3 times, yo, k to last st, yo, k1.
odd rows 21-39. (WS) k1, (p to m, sl m, k1) 3 times, p to last st, k1.
even rows 22-40. (RS) repeat rows 4-20.
Continue alternating rows 1-20 and rows 21-40 until you are nearly to the end of your skein. BO in pattern, weave in ends and block to finish.
The yarn pictured was provided by Bijou Basin Ranch.