Garter Stitch Top Down Shawl Pattern

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Simple Garter Stitch Top Down Shawl

Select circular needle to compliment the yarn size.  I used size 11.  Cast on three stitches.

Row 1 Knit 3 (3 stitches) (notice this and all odd numbered row “knit”)

Row 2 K1, yo, K1, yo, K1 (5 stitches)

I use an openable marker to mark the center K1 stitch.  Don’t encircle the entire stitch or you won’t be able to tell front from back.  Put it through the face of the center K1 and you’ll always know the front.  Since you always knit uneven rows and yarn over only on the front the marker makes it a lot easier to remember what you are doing.  I move the marker up every ten rows or so, so that I can easily tell front from back as I knit.  After you work the pattern for awhile, you’ll see that you “K1, yo”, then knit to the middle back.  You “yo” just before and after the center stitch.  Then knit to within one stitch of the end of the row, finishing with a “yo, K1”.  

Row 3 Knit 5 (5 stiches)

Row 4 K1, yo, K1, yo, K1, yo, K1, yo, K1 (9 stitches)

Row 5 Knit 9 (9 stitches)

Row 6 K1, yo, K3, yo, K1, yo, K3, yo, K1 (13 stitches)

Row 7 Knit 13 (13 stitches)

Row 8  K1, yo, K5, yo, K1, yo, K5, yo, K1 (17 stitches)

Row 9 Knit 17 (17 stitches)

Continue established pattern.  Each even row the K# will increase 2 with every row.  Just knit between yo’s and you won’t need to count.  Remember to knit uneven rows (back). 

FINISH (#1)  Chiengora

The hypotenuse (the long side of the triangle) falls across the shoulders.  The two (2) short sides are the “live” stitches.  The sum of the two short sides, the live stitches you have loaded on the needles, is longer than the hypotenuse.  When center line down the back is long enough bind off.  Bind off by starting on an even (front) row.  At the beginning of the row just K1 then K1 again.  (No “yo’s”, yarn overs.)  Take the first stitch back over the second stitch and drop it off.  Continue across the live stitches.  You’ve finished the shawl!

FINISH #2 Llama Shawl

While I wanted the shawl simple and rustic, I  found the shawl very plain.  I decided to add a contrasting border to lift the finished look.  The Silk Sliver with Rambouille yarn  http://seabreezespinners.com/category/articles/hand-spun-yarn/ I just finished was too white.  I had some previously spun wool which was naturally yellowish white which blended better with the tone of the llama. 

Will post FINISH #2 next post.

 

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