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Crescent Sun Shawl

Crescent Sun Shawl
Crescent Sun Shawl
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If you want to learn how to knit a shawl that will blow every other shawl out of the water, this Crescent Sun Shawl is your next project. Designed in panels of bright, summery colors, cute little dashed ribbons give this knit shawl pattern extra intrigue. If you're ready to move on from easy knit shawls to some of the harder patterns, this is a great transitional pattern for you. While we recommend this shawl for the warmer months, it would definitely add a pop of color and warmth in the dreary winter!

Wrapping Yarn: When the instructions say to purl wrapping yarn around needle twice, insert the right needle into the next stitch on the left needle as if to purl, wrap the yarn twice around the right needle, and then purl the stitch. When you work to these wrapped stitches on the next row, drop the wraps to elongate the stitch.

Intermediate

Knitting Needle Size7 or 4.5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles

Yarn Weight(3) Light/DK (21-24 stitches to 4 inches)

Gauge18 sts = 4" [10 cm]; 36 rows = 4" [10 cm] in Garter st.

Finished Size 60" (152 cm) at widest point x 22" (56 cm) long.

Materials List

  • RED HEART® Fashion Soft™: 1 ball each Flax 4200 (A), Bright Pink 4702 (B), and Camel 4613 (C)
  • Susan Bates® Circular Knitting Needles: 4.5mm [US 7], 32" (81 cm) or longer
  • Yarn needle

Instructions

Shawl

With A and using long-tail cast on, cast on 3 sts.

Rows 1-10: Knit.

Turn work 90 degrees clockwise; pick up and knit 5 sts along edge (1 st for each garter ridge); turn work 90 degrees clockwise again and pick up 3 sts along original cast on edge – 11 sts.

  1. Segment 1

    Rows 1-3: Knit.
    Row 4 (Inc): Kfbf, [kfb] 4 times, kfbf, [kfb] 4 times, kfbf – 24 sts.

  2. Segment 2

    Rows 1-7: Knit.
    Row 8 (Inc): Kfb in each st across – 48 sts.

  3. Segment 3

    Rows 1-15: Knit.
    Row 16 (Inc): Kfb in each st across – 96 sts.

  4. Segment 4

    Row 1: Knit.
    Row 2 (Inc): [K9, kfb] 9 times, knit to end –105 sts.

  5. Slip-Stitch Blocks

    Cut A. Join B.
    Rows 1 & 3 (Right Side): Knit.
    Row 2 (Wrong Side): Purl.
    Row 4: P3, P3 wrapping yarn around needle twice, *p9, p3 wrapping yarn around needle twice; repeat from * to last 3 sts, p3.
    Join C, but do not cut B. Carry B along the side of your work while working rows in C.
    Rows 5 & 7:With C, k3, slip 3 purlwise, *k9, slip 3 purlwise; repeat from * to last 3 sts, k3.
    Rows 6 & 8: With C, k3, bring yarn to front of work, slip 3 purlwise, *bring yarn to back of work, k9, bring yarn to front of work, slip 3 purlwise; repeat from * to last 3 sts, bring yarn to back of work, k3. Cut C.
    Rows 9 & 11 (Right Side): With B, knit.
    Row 10 (Wrong Side): Purl.
    Row 12: *P9, p3 wrapping yarn around needle twice; repeat from * to last 9 sts, p9.
    Join A, but do not cut B.
    Rows 13 & 15: With A, *k9, slip 3 purlwise; repeat from * to last 9 sts, k9.
    Rows 14 & 16: With A, *k9, bring yarn tofront of work, slip 3 purlwise, bring yarn to back of work; repeat from * to last 9 sts, k9.
    Cut A.
    Rows 17-24: Repeat Rows 1-8.
    Rows 25 & 27: With B, knit.
    Rows 26 & 28: Purl.
    Cut B and join C.
    Rows 29 & 30: With C, knit.
    Inc Row: Kfb in each st across – 210 sts.

  6. Segment 5

    Row 1: Knit.
    Row 2 (Inc): K8, kfb, [K23, kfb] 8 times, K9 – 219 sts.
    Rows 3 – 30: Knit.

  7. Slip-Stitch Blocks

    Cut C. Join B.
    Rows 1 & 3 (Right Side): Knit.
    Row 2 (Wrong Side): Purl.
    Row 4: P3, p3 wrapping yarn around needle twice, *p9, p3 wrapping yarn around needle twice; repeat from * to last 3 sts, p3.
    Join A, but do not cut B. Carry B along the side of your work while working rows in A.
    Rows 5 & 7: With A, k3, slip 3 purlwise, *k9, slip 3 purlwise; repeat from * to last 3 sts, k3.
    Rows 6 & 8: With A, k3, bring yarn to front of work, slip 3 purlwise, *bring yarn to back of work, k9, bring yarn to front of work, slip 3 purlwise; repeat from * to last 3 sts, bring yarn to back of work, k3.
    Cut A.
    Rows 9 & 11 (Right Side): With B, knit.
    Row 10 (Wrong Side): Purl.
    Row 12: *P9, p3 wrapping yarn around needle twice; repeat from * to last 9 sts, p9.
    Join C, but do not cut B.
    Rows 13 & 15: With C, *k9, slip 3 purlwise; repeat from * to last 9 sts, k9.
    Rows 14 & 16: With C, *k9, bring yarn to front of work, slip 3 purlwise, bring yarn to back of work; repeat from * to last 9 sts, k9.
    Cut C.
    Rows 17-24: Repeat Rows 1-8.
    Rows 25 & 27: With B, knit.
    Rows 26 & 28: With B, purl.
    Cut B and join A.
    Rows 29 & 30: With A, knit.
    Row 31 (Inc): Kfb to end of row – 438 sts.

  8. Segment 6

    Row 1: Knit.
    Row 2 (Inc): Knit, inc 3 sts evenly spaced using kfb – 441 sts.
    Rows 3 – 30: Knit.

  9. Slip-Stitch Blocks

    Cut A. Join B.
    Rows 1 & 3 (Right Side): Knit.
    Row 2 (Wrong Side): Purl.
    Row 4: P3, p3 wrapping yarn around needle twice, *p9, p3 wrapping yarn around needle twice; repeat from * to last 3 sts, p3.
    Join C, but do not cut B. Carry B along the side of your work while working rows in C.
    Rows 5 & 7: With C, k3, slip 3 purlwise, *k9, slip 3 purlwise; repeat from * to last 3 sts, k3.
    Rows 6 & 8: Using C, k3, bring yarn to front of work, slip 3 purlwise, *bring yarn to back of work, k9, bring yarn to front of work, slip 3 purlwise; repeat from * to last 3 sts, bring yarn to back of work, k3.
    Cut C.
    Rows 9 & 11 (Right Side): With B, knit.
    Row 10 (Wrong Side): Purl.
    Row 12: *P9, P3 wrapping yarn around needle twice; repeat from * to last 9 sts, p9.
    Join A, but do not cut B.
    Rows 13 & 15: With A, *k9, slip 3 purlwise; repeat from * to last 9 sts, k9.
    Rows 14 & 16: With A, *k9, bring yarn to front of work, slip 3 purlwise, bring yarn to back of work; repeat from * to last 9 sts, k9.
    Cut A.
    Rows 17-24: Repeat Rows 1-8.
    Rows 25 & 27: With B, knit.
    Rows 26 & 28: Purl.

  10. Edging

    Row 1: With C, knit.
    Row 2: With B, knit.
    Cut B.
    With C, bind off.

Finishing

With yarn needle, weave in loose ends. Wet block to measurements.

Abbreviations

Kfb
Knit into front then back of same stitch – 1 stitch increased.
Kfbf
Knit into front, then back, then front again of same stitch – 2 stitches increased.
A, B, C
Colors A, B, and C
Inc
Increase(s) (d) (ing)
K
Knit
mm
millimeters
P
purl
st(s)
stitch(es)
[ ]
Work directions in brackets the number of times specified
*
rep whatever follows the * as indicated

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Hi. This is absolutely gorgeous! I've been knitting for decades, but no kinda expert - please explain how to turn the work 90 deg??? I do short rows, but this.............. I'm at a loss. -)

You turn the work after knitting your 10 rows so that the long edge is presented. You'll pick up 5 stitches on that edge. Then 3 more stitches on the shorter edge that you knitted away from. It's called a garter stitch tab. Look it up on Youtube under "garter stitch tab start shawls". Hope that helps.

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