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Shifting Stripes Shawl

The gorgeous, natural colors of this oversized knit shawl pattern are positively swoon-worthy!

Updated April 23, 2019
Shifting Stripes Shawl
Shifting Stripes Shawl
This image courtesy of redheart.com

The Shifting Stripes Shawl is an elegant piece that would suit just about any lady and any occasion. Knit up with sport weight yarn, the shawl offers a delicate drape that you don't get with heavier weights while still offering enough weight to warm your shoulders in any season. Triangle knitted shawl patterns don't usually come in this length, which makes this piece especially versatile as it can act as either a shawl or a scarf. While it looks like four or more colors are used in this project, only two balls of yarn are necessary to complete it.

Easy

Knitting Needle Size3 or 3.25 mm

Yarn Weight(2) Fine (23-26 stitches to 4 inches)

Gauge20 sts = 4" (10 cm); 46 rows = 4" (10 cm) in garter st. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needles to obtain the gauge given.

Finished SizeShawl measures 108" (274 cm) wide x 25" (63.5 cm) at longest point.

Materials List

  • RED HEART® It’s a Wrap Rainbow™: 1 ball each 9344 Foggy (A) and 9347 Whisper (B)
  • Susan Bates® Knitting Needles: 3.25 mm [US 3]
  • Stitch marker
  • Yarn needle

Shawl

Note

This pattern uses short rows to make the stripes on one side of the shawl wider than the stripes on the other side. A short row is formed by turning the work before reaching the end of the row and working back in the other direction again.

Special Abbreviation

kfb = knit into front and back of the same stitch – 1 stitch increased.

Instructions

  1. SET-UP STRIPE A

    With A, cast on 3 sts.

    Row 1 (Wrong Side): K1, yo, place marker, kfb; turn, leaving 1 st unworked – 5 sts.
    Row 2 (Right Side): K2, slip marker, k1, yo, k1 – 6 sts.
    Row 3: K1, yo, k2, slip marker, kfb; turn, leaving 2 sts unworked – 8 sts.
    Row 4: K2, slip marker, k3, yo, k1 – 9 sts.Row 5: K1, yo, k4, slip marker, kfb, k2, yo, k1 – 12 sts.

  2. SET-UP STRIPE B

    Join B, but do not cut A.

    Row 1 (Right Side): K1, yo, k5, slip marker, k5, yo, k1 – 14 sts.
    Row 2 (Wrong Side): K1, yo, k6, slip marker, kfb; turn, leaving 6 sts unworked – 16 sts.
    Row 3: K2, slip marker, k7, yo, k1 – 17 sts.
    Row 4: K1, yo, k8, slip marker, kfb; turn, leaving 7 sts unworked – 19 sts.
    Row 5: K2, slip marker, k9, yo, k1 – 20 sts.
    Row 6: K1, yo, k10, slip marker, kfb, k7, yo, k1 – 23 sts.

  3. STRIPE A

    Drop B, but do not cut it. Loosely bring A up along edge to work next stripe.

    Row 1 (Right Side): K1, yo, k to marker, slip marker, k to last st, yo, k1 – 2 sts inc.
    Row 2 (Wrong Side): K1, yo, k to marker, slip marker, kfb, turn – 2 sts inc.
    Row 3: K2, slip marker, k to last st, yo, k1 – 1 st inc.
    Row 4: K1, yo, k to marker, slip marker, kfb, turn – 2 sts inc.Row 5: K2, slip marker, k to last st, yo, k1 – 1 st inc.
    Row 6: K1, yo, k to marker, slip marker, kfb, k to last st, yo, k1 – 3 sts inc.

  4. STRIPE B

    Drop A, but do not cut it. Loosely bring B up along edge to work next stripe.

    Row 1 (Right Side): K1, yo, k to marker, slip marker, k to last st, yo, k1 – 2 sts inc.
    Row 2 (Wrong Side): K1, yo, k to marker, slip marker, kfb, turn – 2 sts inc.
    Row 3: K2, slip marker, k to last st, yo, k1 – 1 st inc.
    Row 4: K1, yo, k to marker, slip marker, kfb, turn – 2 sts inc.
    Row 5: K2, slip marker, k to last st, yo, k1 – 1 st inc.
    Row 6: K1, yo, k to marker, slip marker, kfb, k to last st, yo, k1 – 3 sts inc.

    Repeat Stripes A & B 25 times – 595 sts.Repeat Stripe A once more – 606 sts

  5. FINAL STRIPE B

    Cut A, leaving a 6" (15 cm) tail for weaving in. Loosely bring B up along edge to work final stripe.

    Row 1 (Right Side): K1, yo, k to marker, slip marker, k to last st, yo, k1 – 608 sts.
    Row 2 (Wrong Side): K1, yo, k to marker, slip marker, kfb, turn – 610 sts.
    Row 3: K2, slip marker, k to last st, yo, k1 – 611 sts.
    Row 4: K1, yo, k to marker, slip marker, kfb, turn – 613 sts.
    Row 5: K2, slip marker, k to last st, yo, k1 – 614 sts.

    Bind off all sts.

Finishing

With yarn needle, weave in loose ends. Block to size.

Abbreviations

A
Color A
B
Color B
Inc
increase(s)(d)(ing)
K
knit
mm
millimeters
st(s)
stitch(es)
yo
yarn over needle
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