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Southern Sky Easy Knit Shawl

Southern Sky Easy Knit Shawl

If you're looking for a versatile knit shawl with lovely colors, try knitting this Southern Sky Easy Knit Shawl. Bunched up on the neck, it looks like a cowl, but spread out, it has the length and shape of a shawl. The white-speckled blue playfully contrasts the pale orange for a unique, complementary coloring. This shawl is especially lovely against more neutral tones, which help the gorgeous colors stand out. Simple and delicate, this can be a summer shawl or a spring shawl, as it is light as air and wonderful for warmer months.

Knitting Needle Size8 or 5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Gauge1 stitches, 2 rows, 3 inches. stockinette stitch

Materials:

  • Patons® Denim-y™ (3 oz/85 g; 144 yds/132 m)
    • Contrast A: Teal Denim (96701) - 2 balls
    • Contrast B: Tangerine Denim (96630) - 2 balls
  • Size U.S. 8 (5 mm) knitting needles
  • Size U.S. 8 (5 mm) circular knitting needle 29" [73.5 cm] long or size needed to obtain tension.
  • Stitch marker.

 

Measurements: Approx 17" [43 cm] deep x 60" [152.5 cm] wide.

 

Abbreviations:

Approx = Approximately
K = Knit
Kfb = Increase 1 stitch by knitting into front and back of next stitch
PM = Place marker
Rem = Remaining
Rep = Repeat
RS = Right side
Sl1 = Slip next stitch knitwise
St(s) = Stitch(es)
WS = Wrong side

 

Gauge: 17 sts and 24 rows = 4" [10 cm] in stocking st.

 

Instructions

Note: Change to circular knitting needle when necessary to accommodate all sts.

With A, cast on 3 sts.

1st row: (WS). Kfb. K1. Kfb. 5 sts.

2nd row: Kfb. Knit to last st. Kfb.
Rep last row until there are 19 sts. Do not break A. Join B.

 

Next row: (RS). With B, as 2nd row. 21 sts.

Next row: Kfb. Knit to last 3 sts. Turn. Leave rem sts unworked.

Next row: Sl1. PM on last worked st. Knit to last st. Kfb.

Next row: Kfb. Knit to 3 sts before marked st. Turn. Leave rem sts on a spare needle.
Rep last 2 rows 10 times more.

Next row: Sl1. Knit to last st. Kfb.

Next row: Kfb. Knit across all sts to last st. Kfb. 47 sts. Break B.

 

Next row: With A, Kfb. Knit to last 5 sts.
Turn.
Leave rem sts on a spare needle.

Next row: Sl1. PM on last worked st. Knit to last st. Kfb.

Next row: Kfb. Knit to 4 sts before marked st.
Turn.
Leave rem sts on a spare needle.
Rep last 2 rows 10 times more.

Next row: Sl1. Knit to last st. Kfb. Do not break A. Join B. 71 sts.

 

Next row: (RS). With B, Kfb. Knit across all sts to last st. Kfb. 73 sts.

Next row: Kfb. Knit to last 7 sts.
Turn.
Leave rem sts on a spare needle.

Next row: Sl1. PM on last worked st. Knit to last st. Kfb.

Next row: Kfb. Knit to 6 sts before marked st.
Turn.
Leave rem sts on a spare needle.
Rep last 2 rows 10 times more.

Next row: Sl1. Knit to last st. Kfb.

Next row: Kfb. Knit across all sts to last st. Kfb. 99 sts. Break B.

 

Next row: With A, Kfb. Knit to last 5 sts.
Turn.
Leave rem sts on a spare needle.

Next row: Sl1. PM on last worked st. Knit to last st. Kfb.

Next row: Kfb. Knit to 4 sts before marked st.
Turn.
Leave rem sts on a spare needle.
Rep last 2 rows 20 times more.

Next row: Sl1. Knit to last st. Kfb. 143 sts. Do not break A. Join B.

 

Next row: (RS). With B, Kfb. Knit across all sts to last st. Kfb.

Next row: Kfb. Knit to last 7 sts.
Turn.
Leave rem sts on a spare needle.

Next row: Sl1. PM on last worked st. Knit to last st. Kfb.

Next row: Kfb. Knit to 6 sts before marked
st.
Turn.
Leave rem sts on a spare needle.
Rep last 2 rows 20 times more.

Next row: Sl1. Knit to last st. Kfb.

Next row: Kfb. Knit across all sts to last st. Kfb. 191 sts. Break B.

 

Next row: With A, Kfb. Knit to last 10 sts.
Turn.
Leave rem sts on a spare needle.

Next row: Sl1. PM on last worked st. Knit to last st. Kfb.

Next row: Kfb. Knit to 9 sts before marked st.
Turn.
Leave rem sts on a spare needle.
Rep last 2 rows 10 times more.

Next row: Sl1. Knit to last st. Kfb. 215 sts. Break A. Join B.

 

Next row: (RS). With B, Kfb. Knit across all sts to last st. Kfb. 217 sts.

Next row: Kfb. Knit to last 12 sts.
Turn.
Leave rem sts on a spare needle.

Next row: Sl1. PM on last worked st. Knit to last st. Kfb.

Next row: Kfb. Knit to 11 sts before marked st.
Turn.
Leave rem sts on a spare needle.
Rep last 2 rows 10 times more.

Next row: Sl1. Knit to last st. Kfb.

Next row: Kfb. Knit across all sts to last st. Kfb. 243 sts. Cast off.

 


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It is not the best written pattern. I had to read the comments and then read the pattern a few times but now I think I have it. It will make for a nice scarf/cowl/shawl. It can be worn several ways and it won't be one design you see all over the place. I am going to try it. Thanks

what a great way to wear a shawl - and what a lovely pattern these colours are beautiful together, but think of the dozens of other combinations possible.

Nice pastel colored yarn used for a spring or summer shawl. I like the way it is described - a shawl and cowl depending on how it is worn! But from the comments it seems that the pattern is not as easy to follow. Has anyone made this shawl cowl using the pattern successfully?

Read through the pattern update. The direction where you leave 5 stitches unworked has no number of repeats. The video says 10 times? What is the correct direction?

This is the most difficult pattern I have ever tried to knit! It makes no sense at all. There is never an explanation for the stitches that are "left not knitted on a spare needle". Who ever leaves stitches unknitted on a needle?

Its called short row shaping and its not an uncommon knitting technique. The stitches are not left completely unworked they are only left unworked temporarily, they are incorporated back into the piece a few rows later when it says worked acroos all stitches, that means all the stitches are back on the needle, you can see this in the pattern by looking at how many stitches you should have after working everything back in. It allows you to shape in certain colours and places on a piece without casting on or off in the middle. Hope this helps, happy knitting.

Where can I find this tutorial? I looked at Vickiehowell.cons site but could not find it anywhere there?

Vickie Howell has a tutorial for this shawl with step by step instructions.

I too am having the same problems as the person who ha been knitting for 55 years. What does pm on last worked st mean. No spare needle is mentioned in materials for project. What do you do with sts on spare needle.

I've been knitting for 55 years. I just got this easy pattern. Who are you kidding? I have no idea how to read this pattern. I've never put a stitch marker on a stitch. (A marker is usually placed on the needle). What kind of spare needle am I supposed to use to hold the remaining stitches? You say to "sl1. PM on last worked st." What is the last worked stitch? Is it the sl1. This is a terrible pattern. It needs to be rewritten. You can send me the corrections since I've joined All Free Knitting to be able to leave this comment.

The pattern is actually fine the way it is written, I think the people having issues with it are just not understanding short row shaping, for that reason I would not have called it easy, but for the people who do know short row shaping it is in fact an easy pattern. It's not uncommon to place a marker on a stitch in knitting, I've been knitting as long as you and have seen this many times. I'm certain if you look up a short row knitting video or tutorial, you'll have no problem completing this pattern. Happy knitting.

I used to have that problem also, then a friend showed me that I should wrap and turn on short rows(even when the pattern does not call for it) I've used WT ever since and it has never been an issue again. Happy knitting.

Where can I buy the wool shown

I recently bought it online from the knitting warehouse, theirs is the most reasonable price at $5.14 a ball. Happy knitting.

this pattern is downloadable at yarnspirations.com/patons

I love this beautiful pattern and thank you for sharing.I do have a probelm with the short row where I get a hole every time! Have you got ranother suggestion or tutorial for the shawl.Thank you.

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