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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Reptilian Shawl

This striped shawl is a simple knit (really, really simple) and uses two skeins of sock yarn. It is a triangle shape with a gentle point and is knit entirely in garter stitch. The result is a supremely comfy shawl that will keep you warm and make you look cool all at once.

Craft: knitting
Skill Level: Rookie-Apprentice-Virtuoso-Genius
Skills: knit, w+t, bind off

Sizes: one size
Finished Measurements: approx. 64" wide, 15" deep lying flat

Gauge: not crucial, 24 sts = 4" on 2.5 mm in st st as given on Bohoyarns ball band
Yarn: 200g, 840 yds (768 m) fingering weight sock yarn, 2 contrasting colours
Suggested Brand: 2 skeins Bohoyarns in “lux mundi”

Needles: 4 mm 32" circular needle
Other Materials: tapestry needle or teeny crochet hook


Beginning at inner edge, CO 350 sts with Colour A (darker colour) and backwards loop method.

Note: the number of sts isn’t crucial - don’t beat yourself up counting them all super accurately.

Row 1: Knit.

Row 2: Knit to last 3 sts.

(Pat yourself on the back - the worst part is over.)

Attach Colour B.
Alternate colours every other row, bringing new colour over the top of the previous strand.

w+t: sl next st pwise, bring yarn to front, sl st back to left needle, turn work.

Row 3 (RS): Knit to last 3 sts, w+t.

Row 4: Knit to last 5 sts, w+t.

Row 5: Knit to 1 st before previous wrap, w+t.

Repeat Row 5 only. You should be wrapping every other st at each end.

Continue until 10 sts remain between wraps and WS is facing. Cut Colour A.

Next: Knit across all sts.

Knit the wraps together with every other st for first half of row.
(Insert right needle into wrap and pick up; insert right needle into next st as per normal, knitting it together with the wrap; knit next st.) 

Next: Work 5 rows in garter.

Note: Knit into wraps on first row (the half that was “skipped” previously) - I didn’t find this step necessary because there are no colour changes on this side.

BO kwise on WS row loosely or with larger needles. Weave in ends.