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Rainbow Afternoon Shawl
By: Carol Sunday from Sunday Knits
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Lovely enough for a movie star, this light as air striped shawl is knit from bottom to top in a drop-stitch garter pattern with a gathered peplum and shawl collar. Make your own shawl with or without a knit-in fringe. You'll love making this knitted shawl pattern for yourself and all your closest girlfriends.
Rainbow Afternoon Shawl
This image courtesy of Sundayknits.com
Knitting Needle Size: 6 or 4 mm, 9 or 5.5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles
Yarn Weight: (3) Light/DK (21-24 stitches to 4 inches)
Construction Notes: Collar and peplum shaping are worked after knitting by adding, on the inside, a few rows of slip stitch crochet - with more gathers at the collar for a nice ruffly front and not as many across the back for a comfortable fit. Adjust as desired.
Gauge: 18 sts and 17 rows = 4" / 10 cm in pattern stitch using smaller needles. Because the fabric is so loosely knit, stitch and row gauge can vary widely depending on how the fabric is laid out, but their product should be fairly constant. Aim for a gauge of 300-310 sts per 16 square inches / 100 square cm.
Finished Size: Approximately 75" / 190 cm long by 21" / 53.5 cm wide.
Note on yarn substitutions: The yarn used here normally knits at a gauge of 25-28 sts per 4 inches in stockinette stitch using needles size 3-5 US / 3.25-3.75 mm. If substituting, use a yarn of similar gauge in a wool or wool blend. The finished fabric should be very light and somewhat sheer. See Glossary for suggestions regarding color selection.
Gather for peplum:
Gather for collar
The Russian splice is especially nice for this application: If using a 3 ply yarn, separate the plies at the end of one color strand, break of one ply 2" / 5 cm from end, break of a second ply 1" / 2.5 cm from end. Repeat with the other color strand. Fold the 2 yarn ends - each a little over 1" / 2.5 cm from its end - over each other like interlocking fingers. Lay the folded yarn in palm of hand, moisten fingertips and roll the splice vigorously until heat, friction and moisture cause the fibers to felt together.
Optional knit-in fringe
Suggestions on substituting colors: Select thirteen or more colors that look great together. The more colors, the richer the finished fabric. Pick colors in dark, medium and light shades. Pick lots of soft or neutral tones, and a few saturated ones. When laying out the colors for this shawl, consider dividing them into two or three groups, going from dark to light, both within each group, and overall. Be sure to swatch before casting on for the shawl, as colors may interact in surprising ways.
Slip stitch (crochet): Insert crochet hook into stitch, wrap yarn over hook and draw the yarn through the stitch, leaving one loop on hook - first slip stitch. *Insert hook into stitch, wrap yarn over hook and draw the yarn through both the stitch and the loop. Repeat from * across row.