After posting the free knitting pattern for the MaryMary Shawl, it occurred to me that, while it is a fairly easy shawl to make, I wanted to offer one that is easier and faster, more beginner friendly.
Shawls are such a great gift to give. They contain love in every stitch while providing a stylish warmth the recipient can wrap themselves in year after year.
This shawl is very easy and pretty quick. Fantastically transportable. I’ve chosen LionBrand’s Mandala yarn for the sample because the color changes built into the yarn add visual interest and oh-so-cute factor without any additional work. But, I encourage you to use any yarn in any weight and color you’d like.
Honestly, oooooh, I just had a thought!! this would be a fantastic scrap project!
A free knit pattern, by Rebecca Velasquez
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YARN: Dk weight (#3 light), 590 yds [539 m]; Shown: LionBrand Yarn Mandala; 100% acrylic; 590 yds [539 m], 5.29 oz [150 g]: 212 Spirit; 1 cake
Other yarns to try:
If you’d like to make a solid colored shawl, and/or would like it to be a little larger than the sample- or, at just 40 yards shy, you could get 2 shawls out of 1 ball just pay attention to yard [m]/ weight usage as you work;
Red Heart Comfort Sport 100% acrylic; 1144 yds [1050 m], 12.35 oz [350 g]: 1 skein
Lion Brand CoBoo 50% cotton 50% bamboo, 232 yds [212 m], 3.5 oz [100 g]: 3 cakes — so very soft
NEEDLES: US 8 [5 mm] 22″ [56 cm] circular needle; circular needle is used to accommodate large number of sts. I can not find the exact needles I used for this project (I’m not alone, right? You lose them all over the house, too?), I recommend the sleek and super-pointy ChiaoGoo TWIST Red Lace Interchangeables
NOTIONS: Tapestry needle, tape measure
GAUGE: Exact gauge is not crucial; to achieve measurements shown- 16 sts and 40 rows = 4″ [10 cm] in garter stitch pattern
FINISHED MEASUREMENTS: 86” [218 cm] wingspan x 17” [43 cm] deep at center
PROJECT LEVEL: Beginner
TECHNIQUES USED: cast on, k, yo, stretchy bind off method of your choice
YO- yarn over
- Shawl is made from center point to tips.
- Stitched back and forth, in rows.
- Optional: For a tidy edge, slip the first stitch of every row knitwise rather than knitting the stitch .
CO 7 sts
Knit 3 rows
K2, yo, k across until 2 sts remain, yo, k to end.
Continue in pattern repeat until approx 45yds [42 m] remain, or size desired.
If using the mandala yarn, this is .4 oz [11.5 g]
Bind off using the stretchy method of your choice.
As this shawl is a generous length and I did not want to interfere with the wonderful squish factor of the garter stitch, I did not block this piece.
Weave in all loose ends.
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