Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Circle Shawl

My friend Susan asked me to write a pattern for some cunky hand dyed boucle yarn that she had in her stash for years. She wanted a shawl that was essentially a circle with a straight opening down one radius for the neck, and to allow the ends of the circle to hang open or be thrown over a shoulder. This is the first time I have designed a pattern without knitting it myself... Susan did a great job with the pattern! Here is the pattern...

Circle Shawl...
This is knit from lower back edge, in garter stitch, on large circular needles (not joined)
Yarn: bulky weight yarn.
Gauge: 5 Sts = 4 inches on 15 mm needles....
Cast on 13 sts. Knit every row (garter stitch)
Cast on 3 stitches at the start of next 6 rows. (31sts)
Cast on 2 sts at start of next 8 rows (47 sts)
Cast on 1 stitch at start of next 16 rows (63 sts)
Increase 1 stitch AT EACH END on next row and every 4th row, 4 times total (71)
Increase 1 stitch at each end on 6th row, and 12th row. (75 sts are on the needle now)
Work even for 5 inches. (middle of the circle!)
Work 34 stitches, cast off center 7 stitches , join another ball, and knit remaining 34 stitches.
Work both sides at the same time from different balls, work 5 inches more even.
Begin decreasing: Knit 2 together at outside edges only **center neck opening does not get any decreases!!** of next row and 6th row after that. (32 sts on each side)
Decrease 1 stitch at each outside end every 4th row 4 times (28 sts)
Decrease 1stitch at each outside end every other row 8 times (20 on each side)
Cast off 2 stitches at start of outside edges until 4 are decreased from EACH outside edge (16 sts on each side)
Cast off 3 stitches at the start of outside edges until 3 are removed from EACH outside edge and 7 stitches remain on each side.
Cast off 7 stitches from the start of next 2 rows. (all gone)
Add fringe to outside of circle if you want.

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