Free Pattern: the Randclaw Blanket

A beginner friendly crochet throw.

All folded up and ready to ship.

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My college friends are so dear to me, they are the people who became adults with me. When I think of the defining moments in my life that make me who I am today, frequently one of them is part of those moments. I love them all so much, and even though we live in different states and are all busy adulting, I laugh at our inside jokes almost daily. In case you are wondering, 20 year old inside jokes age WONDERFULLY.

When life events occur for my “college friends” I love to shower them with my affection via handmade gifts. Blankets, matching his and hers aprons, baby sweaters and hats. If I love you, I’ll create things for you.

This blanket was created as a baby blanket for one of my treasured college friends (and his wife). An oversize baby blanket that will last well into childhood. Or… big enough to enjoy a warm beverage alone on the couch if you don’t have a baby to crochet for right now. I’m REALLY bad at gauging how big a baby blanket should be, this one was a generous 42″x46″ upon completion. I wanted a blanket that would light weight, flexible, textured, easy to construct but not boring, durable, and with very few holes for little fingers and toes to make trouble with.

The stitch pattern is one row, two alternating stitches. You begin and end every row with a SC. It was incredibly easy to maintain the proper stitch count. The edges were so straight, I felt the blanket didn’t need an edging to feel finished!

For this blanket I choose to use Lion Brand’s DK Cake in Lakeside, an 80% Acrylic, 20% Wool blend. Easy care, drape, durability, and affordability were factors in choosing this yarn. This blanket uses approximately 2000 yards (5 cakes/skeins), be certain your dye lots match! Mine did not and I had to do some creative maneuvering to ensure the finished blanket would be harmonious. If you choose to use a worsted weight yarn and a larger hook, your final project will be larger.
If money and the ability to machine dry were no object, I may have choose Manos del Uruguay’s Feliz in Stellar instead.

Randclaw Blanket

Before Weaving in the ends. Shown Folded.

By Cinnamon of Miscellaneous Design Studio

For Babies and Beyond

Wrap your precious little one up against the elements (or overly air conditioned spaces) in a beautiful blanket suitable for crocheters of any skill level.

Acrylic, Acrylic Blends, and Machine-Washable Wool Recommended

Skills: Chain, Double Crochet, Single Crochet

Finished Dimensions: 42″ x 46″

Gauge: gauge for this project is not vital, but to obtain a finished product of the approximate size with the approximate yardage given in this pattern use the listed gauge as a guideline:
4 sts/in

Yarn: You can use any DK (size 3) weight yarn of your choice. Acrylic or Machine-Washable Wool, and their blends are recommended for drape, weight, and washability. You will need approximately 2000 yards depending on the size you wish to make and your native gauge. Smaller blankets will use less yarn, larger blankets will use more yarn.

            Sample: 5 cakes/skeins Wool-Ease DK Cake (80% Acrylic, 20% Wool, 393 yards) in Lakeside by Lion Brand Yarns

Notions: Yarn needle for weaving in ends

 Hooks:  H/5mm

Tips: You can easily make this project larger or smaller. Vary the gauge or the number of the starting chain (multiple of 2) or the number of total rows worked.

Abbreviations are in US terminology:

            CH: Chain

            DC: Double Crochet

            SC: Single Crochet

Pattern Stitches:

Chain: Yarn-over, pull through the loop

Double Crochet: wrap yarn around the hook, insert hook into the next stitch of the previous row, yarn-over, draw up the loop, yarn-over pull through two loops, yarn-over pull through the remaining 2 loops on hook.

Single Crochet: insert hook into the next stitch of the previous row, yarn-over, draw up the loop, yarn-over pull through the2 loops on hook.

Pattern Instructions:

Chain 162

Set-up row: Into the second chain from the hook, SC. *DC into next stitch, SC into next stitch* repeat across chain. You will end with a SC.

Row 1: Chain 1 (does not count as a stitch). SC into first SC, *DC into the next stitch, SC into the next stitch* across the row. You will end with a SC.

Check Yourself: You will be SC into the SC of the row below and DC into the DC of the row below.

Continue to work ROW 1 every row until you run out of yarn, or the blanket is as long as you want it to be. Fasten off

Finishing:

Weave in ends. Block.

Go grab a coffee, you deserve it!

Suitable for one average sized adult (5’7″, women’s large). Photo credit: My Kindergartner.

Notes for using different weights

Light Worsted: Size I/5.5mm: projected gauge: 3.5 stitches per inch. Estimated finished width: 46 inches.

Worsted: Size J/6mm hook:projected gauge 3 stitches per inch. Estimated finished width: 53 inches.

Chunky, Bulky, Super Bulky: Tips here!

Free Project: Yarn-on-a-Stick

One of the finished projects. It now hangs above my desk/studio.

I’m engaged in a constant quest to use up odds and ends of yarn and subtly get my kids into fiber arts. We read “10-Minute Yarn Projects” by Sarah L. Schutte and were inspired by the “Stick To It!” project. We accessed the e-book via my daughter’s elementary school library and their partnership with Capstone.

Yesterday was a beautiful day. My daughter and I took a little walk in the neighborhood to find good sticks to use for the project. She initially wanted to make some kind of room divider for her little reading nook. Her room isn’t all that big. But you don’t want to discourage kids from executing their creative dreams. I let her choose her own stick. I choose smaller sticks for mine and my son’s projects; approximately 12-15″ . When we returned home we dove into my leftover yarn scrap bin and made our new Yarn-on-a-stick hangers! (See below for a tutorial!)

That’s one way to use the old baby monitor mount! “It looks like the jellyfish is underwater”!
We trimmed the yarn to an appropriate length after mounting it to a preexisting ceiling hook.

Tutorial

Supplies

Stick
Yarn
Scissors
Glue (Optional)
Beads (Optional)
Crochet Hook (Optional)
Yarn Needle (Optional with use of Beads)

Get a Stick

It doesn’t even need to be a real stick. A dowel, a discarded knitting needle, a piece of re-bar, an embroidery hoop, a curtain rod. Use your imagination: any object that you can wrap yarn around and hang up is all you need. I recommend a length between 12-30″. But this is your project, it can be as large or small as you want. For this tutorial I’m using a size 19 wooden needle. Its raining today, and I didn’t want to go fetch a wet stick.

The basics. “Stick”, Yarn, Scissors.

Yarn

I’m using some scraps of Lion Brand Thick and Quick for these photos a Super Bulky weight yarn. In the original projects, we used Worsted/Medium weight yarn.

You can either cut all of your lenghts at once, or cut them as you need them. We’ve done it both ways. Neither is a superior method.

The length you need depends on how long you want your hanger to be. We will be folding each piece of yarn in HALF when we attach it. So your cut length will be twice your desired hang plus double the circumference of your “stick”.
The length in the tutorial is approximately 27″ long . The one over my desk, those lengths were about 22″ long. For the largest one, approximately 6 feet for each length (trimmed after installation). Go ahead and test a couple lengths out before you commit, err on the side of too long. You can always trim at the end, but you cannot reasonably add length at the end.

My cut lengths.

Assembly

Step 1: Fold each piece of yarn in half, with the loop facing up, the tails facing down. Place it behind the stick.

Fold each piece of yarn in half, with the loop facing up. Place it behind the stick.

Step 2: Pull the loop over the top of your stick with the tails between the loop.

Pull the loop over the top of your stick with the tails between the loop.

Step 3: Pull the yarn tails through the loop.

Pull the yarn tails through the loop.

Step 4: Pull the tails down to tighten the yarn around the stick.

Pull the tails down to tighten the yarn around the stick.

Repeat Step 4 until the desired amount of fullness is achieved. You can use as much or as little as you want.

This is how full I wanted mine.

Finishing

You will need to add a hanger. I choose to crochet a chain for aesthetic reasons, but you can simply knot a length of yarn to each end for hanging. My hangers are between 20 and 36 inches. If you are unsure of your knot skills or just desire additional stability, please feel free to glue the hanger knots to the stick (optional). If you are using glue, please allow the glue to dry completely before hanging!

At this point you may desire to trim the tails of your Yarn-on-a-Stick hanger. You can make them even, or irregular, or angled.

If you want to get extra fancy, add some beads to your project (also optional)! I used random beads we had in the bead box. I threaded a yarn needle (a large eyed needle) with the yarn tail, pulled through the hole in the bead and made a knot to secure. If the hole in your bead is particularly large, you may need to make a knot AROUND your bead, this will prevent the tail from hanging completely flat.

Hang Your Project and Admire!

Please choose a hanger appropriate for the finished weight of your project! All of our Yarn-on-a-Stick projects were relatively light. A command hook, a push-pin, a ceiling hook, and a mounting for a baby monitor were all sufficient to hold the weights of our hangers. You may need to anchor your project into a wall stud depending on the weight of your finished project (if your project is particularly large or you’ve used re-bar or some kind of metal rod).

No amount of filters could get me a good picture.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and will share your own Yarn-on-a-Stick projects to Instagram using #yarnonastick.

Finishing, Finally!

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For months I have been working on baby blankets. AND FINALLY, I’m nearing the end of my epic baby blanket crochet-fest!

Since late February, I’ve started 4 blankets. Frogged one, finished two, and will finish the final blanket tomorrow. All of the blankets were finished by the baby’s DUE dates…. But babies do what they want and ALL of them were EARLY!

The Failed Bobbles

The Bobbles Blanket

I had dreams of designing/creating a super textured bobble blanket for the twins. From the beginning, I had difficulty maintaining my stitch count. Even in my swatch I lost a stitch. But for whatever reason, I carried on and worked on it for over a month. It was SO heavy, used SO MUCH YARN (because of the bobbles) and they edges were a wreck. I could fudge a couple lost stitches, but not 8. No edging on the planet could have saved it. Plus the weight alone would have crushed a small child. I needed the yarn to complete both blankets, so I frogged as I worked the C2C blankets that ultimately were created.

Fraternal Stripe C2C

I wrote a post a couple of weeks about learning a new skill under a deadline, C2C crochet. Here are the results! Both blankets measure approximately 36″ (91 cm) square. I used some stash yarns: the light blue, the cream, the taupe. And purchased the navy and the light green. My gauge is different between the two blankets; therefore I needed to add additional rows to the 2nd (blue cornered) to make them even. The borders are single crochet. I wanted something simple and unifying to avoid the focus being removed from the stripe pattern.
Both blankets are reasonably weighted and large enough to carry to boys through early childhood. I finished the two blankets between 4/5-21, about 2.5 weeks. I only have a few hours a day to dedicate to fiber arts, with the largest block of time in the evenings after the kids go to sleep.

These blankets were also a commission, something I rarely undertake. But they were for a close friend and I had creative control so it wasn’t too restrictive of a project. I challenged myself to do “random” striping. I did OK in that aspect. I enjoy regularity and strict pattern; randomness is chaos in my brain. I will definitely do another C2C blanket in the future, I have some yarn that I plan on using for said project. Since both of these blankets are square, I may venture into rectangular C2C. You know, to grow my skills set.

Preemie/NICU Octopus

I hadn’t really heard about these until a week and a half ago. Amigurumi isn’t really my thing, because of the tight stitches. Yet when the situation arises, one must rise to meet it. It took me about 5 hours to work this guy out. I ripped out my first attempt because I wasn’t thinking and out too many stitches into the beginning magic loop. I used Sugar and Cream cotton worsted weight yarn. I only kind of followed a pattern mainly for the tentacles. I couldn’t find my small hooks, so I used a G/4mm and purposely tugged my stitches tight. I was feeling unsure that my gauge would be sufficient enough to hold in the stuffing through washing and use, so I stuffed the poly-fil into a new “knee high” to keep everything in order. I think it’ll survive the hot wash intact! I also embroidered a little face on it- no buttons, safety eyes. But I forgot to snap another picture before I put it in the box and shipped it off to my friends. My embroidery skills are rubbish. Add to my long list of skills building I guess.

Despite all my kvetching, I’m thrilled with the completed project. However, my fingers ached from the super tight gauge with cotton yarn. If I ever need to make another one, I will in a heartbeat. But I don’t think making these will become my new passion, they made my left hand ache.

Ranclaw Blanket

All that remains to be completed.

I’m so close to completing this blanket! Its been a labor of love since late February. I’ll give it its own post and the (free) PATTERN upon completion. I cannot wait to send it off to its new family. Two amazing people who have been blessed with their first child.

Quarantine Dye Job

No make-up, no filter selfie.

I always color my own hair, so my dye job isn’t outside of my wheelhouse. But it is the first time since college that I’ve dyed my hair a crazy color. My blonde hair needs to be toned occasionally. I can’t just pop over to the beauty supply store and grab a bottle of Wella T-18 toner, so I decided to play the long game. Enter my (temporary) purple hair! By the time we are free to move about the community, it will have faded to an ashy blonde. I think. My kids are tickled by my current purple hair.

The Past

An Ode to Nostalgia

A friend, from my first job out of college, sent me these pictures last week. She was going through her “old” knitting stuff and found this gem. The pattern is for a hat, knit flat then seamed up the back. It was a gift for her father.

I have so many memories wrapped into nearly two decades of knitting (and teaching my friends to knit, and designing projects). The two are intertwined to the point where my life and my craft have become one and the same. Knitting on through anguish and joy, grief and happiness, through all the stages of my adulthood. Projects that can transport me to different places and times of my life; seeing life through my own eyes all over again.

Closed: but not forgotten. The start of an obsession.

The basement yarn store, Rosie’s Yarn Cellar, where I purchased my first yarn and needles- I can feel in my mind walking down the steep stairs and being transported into that new world of knitting. I remember how nervous I was that cold January day, I was afraid the ladies in the shop would laugh at me and how I knew NOTHING about knitting (just that I wanted to learn).

How campus looked when I was a student (1999-2003)

Knitting on the train, the bus, the subway. In Physics lecture. Outside the office of the Geology Department: 4 of us just knitting and laughing and enjoying life.
I remember sitting in a cafe reading all afternoon knitting a pair of too chunky cabled mittens with thumbs that look like a closed bud.
The feeling of being overwhelmed by all the yarn, people, and scents the first time I attended MD Sheep and Wool.

Family: Circa 2014

All the items that I’ve knit for my family, lovingly preserved in photographs.

I’m reminded of friends I’ve made and lost touch with over the years. Knitting groups formed and dissolved and left, the never ending passage of time. With my yarn, my needles, my hook as my constant companion.

I look forward to all the new memories my yarn and I will make in the coming decades.

The Name Game

I’m always thinking about my design work. My current project, my next, the next next, the someday I’ll sit down and figure out how to execute this weird construction project that won’t likely get released for mass consumption project.

My Next-Next design project.

This week, I’ve been about super comfy. I since mid-March I have made it a point to get dressed every day. Actual pants that I would wear in public, a real bra, sometimes I even blow dry my hair and/or put on make up. This week, its been a lot of barely-qualifying-as-pants (they have buttons, zippers and pockets) and oversized sweaters and sweatshirts.But the last few days I am beginning to realize, its going to be too warm to wear sweatshirts and my oversized long sleeve sweaters soon.

This got me thinking, what do I need in my closet to continue my almost schlubby fashion aesthetic? What looks like you put thought into your outfit but in reality you just grabbed the comfy thing to throw over your favorite stained tank top? A top: short sleeved, oversized, slightly cropped (to avoid it looking “tent like”), not too heavy, probably not wool, that utilizes yarn I have on hand, and that matches my wardrobe. Yeah, and I want it to work up within 30 hours of work time. Easy, right??

The design sketch of a slouchy lazy-day top

And I think I want to call it” I didn’t want to actually get dressed today, yet here we are”. No. Don’t tell me: the name needs some work. I’ll admit, I’m pretty rubbish at naming my patterns. Its a lot of pressure. I err on the side of absurd in general, so giving my work something vaguely descriptive is my go to. Enter the tremendously original and memorable pattern name Wide Garter Stripe Shawl. I don’t think “Examining Existential Dread #4” has quire the same appeal as the “Bromeliad Cardigan”. You can’t go naming your knit and crochet pieces like some kind of college art class project series. Can you??

Are you enticed by pattern names? Or is it entirely the photography of the project that draws you in?

Spring Sprang Sprung

FINALLY! I published this design. After months agonizing that the formatting and photos were JUST RIGHT, I said “Its time”. Even if the photos aren’t perfect.

My entryway: Dressed for Spring

About the Design

This year has been dedicated to mindful stash reduction. I have a modest stash, but it overflows the space I have allocated for it. Being an adult, I COULD just allocate more space and let my yarn take over the house like Kudzu. However, my goal for the next decade is to become more minimal in my consumption and accumulation. Its a difficult habit to break.

Part of stash reduction is actually WORKING FROM MY STASH. All of yarns I knit this pattern with were acquired BEFORE 2012. I did a few swatches to find good combinations. I loved the subtle stripes of my large cowl: I started the pattern design back in January. The combination reminded me of the first blooms of spring: something to keep us hopeful through dreary, grey, winter days. The two yarns were perfect together, it was almost as if the yarns were made for each other. As I worked through this first cowl, I thought about how amazing it would look with high contrast. Once I finished the first, the second was cast-on soon after.

The mitered squares are a simple way to take simple stripes and garter to the next level. The construction is simple enough to work through without much thought. Perfect for remote meetings, homeschooling your kids, or binge watching you newest series obsession.

There is an optional border: feel free to omit. My large sample has a border, the small version does not. Both are equally wonderful. Although not included, an i-cord border would look really nice too.

Yarns: suggestions

Any fingering weight soft enough to wear next to your face is suitable. Both of my samples are two color, but a single color (fewer ends to weave in!!) or a multitude of colors would also be beautiful. You are only limited by your imagination (or your stash if working from yarns on hand)! Non-wool fibers could be equally suited for this project. I have not knit this in cotton, linen, silk, or acrylic; I suspect they would produce a different look and feel. I would love to see how other fibers work up!

Some inspiration for you!

DOWNLOAD THE PATTERN

Its free on Ravelry from April 14, 2020-May 31, 2020 with the code SPRANG
Get it HERE!
Then share your progress on Instagram using the #springsprangsprung tag. I can’t wait to see what kind of beauties you knit up.

So Grown-Up

In the last decade, things happen to make me realize I’m the “grown-up” in the room. The Fish is my favorite character in the Cat in the Hat. I don’t get drunk and attempt to climb water towers in the middle of the desert anymore. I have a favorite grocery store. I own multiple pairs of sneakers for SPECIFIC activities and don’t wear them for situations beyond their intended purpose (like I would NEVER wear my lifting sneakers on a bike ride!). Well yesterday, I got a new desk chair delivered. And let me tell you, IT’S REALLY EXCITING.

I’ve been contemplating a new desk chair for months. The chair I had, I never actually liked; it was a gift. It had arms that didn’t fit under my desk. Recently the bonded leather started to separate, in little schmutz all over the floor and my clothes. It was sad looking, and annoying. I hope my cat doesn’t destroy the fabric- literally my only holdout on replacing the chair. Bonus points for it not adding to the messy appearance of my “office” corner.

If I sewed more I would have less sewing stuff laying around (re: all the stuff under the desk)

Don’t get me wrong, I still do things that make me question my ability to function as an adult. Like last night, there was A BUNCH of leftover candy from making up the kids’ Easter baskets. In my infinite wisdom, I ate SO MANY Reese’s’ Pieces Eggs that I’ve had heartburn since LAST NIGHT. Well played universe, well played.

I’ve also made progress on the baby blankets. I finished the body of one this morning (Saturday) and started the second (or ripped out and restarted the original) this afternoon. I’m still on track to make my goal of next weekend completed and delivered!

My first attempts at C2C crochet have me HOOKED! Shown: Blanket 1 (sans border) and Blanket 2 (23 rows in)

The striping pattern is somewhat random. Which is a REAL struggle for me. I like pattern, I like predictability. I want things to have a balanced look, but still have a spontaneous feel. Also, I already purchased 2 balls of yarn for the project. I want to maximize the use of the yarn with as few leftovers as possible (I’m sure another blanket is on the horizon to make use of all this yarn). Finished dimensions about 40″ x 40″. The original bobble blanket is being frogged for this current blanket. I like it, but I don’t love it. Its too heavy and between the first set of bobbles and the last I misplaced 8 stitches. So much for being good at crochet! I may attempt a similar pattern in the future, but not striped like this one was.

I Got (New) Skills!

I’ve been talking about the baby blankets for twins that I’m crocheting for a couple months now. I made the first, a bobbled pattern and was completely underwhelmed with the result. SO much that I haven’t woven in the ends and I was dreading making a second that coordinated. Now I have less than two weeks to deliver the goods to my friend. What does a life long procrastinator do?

The guilty face of a lifelong procrastinator. #nomakeup #nofilter

If you said learn a new crochet skill, you guessed right. Because nothing says looming deadline like changing course on the project, COMPLETELY, at the last minute.


I’ve been seeing other sing the praises of C2C (corner to corner) crochet for months now. I’ve seen some really beautiful blankets (shout out to the C2C graphgans!!). Yesterday afternoon I popped open Pinterest to look for a picture tutorial. Honestly, I’m not a video skills kind of person- finding a text/photo/chart based tutorial is not always easy. The first tutorial seemed to leave out a pivotal step, and I couldn’t figure out how to start row 2. The second tutorial was from Winding Road Crochet, and was everything I wanted! It had photos, text, charts, and video. It also has LEFT HAND specific video, my lefty pals, no excuses now!

I like this a LOT more than the first.

In 24 hours (4 hours of actual work) I completed the first 29 rows. Based on my rough calculations, I will increase until 47-50 rows before I start my decreases.

If I can finish the project by 4/10, I’ll deconstruct the original and make a C2C. I think it will use A LOT less yarn, because I won’t be making 7 (or was it 9) loops for each bobble!

SO, if you’re on the fence about learning the C2C technique- JUST DO IT. Its super easy, and yields a really modern looking finished product. I also highly suggest the tutorial from Winding Road Crochet, she makes the whole process super easy.

Homebodies

I may be one of the few people who feels OVER-SOCIALIZED right now. Quarantine with little kids is intense, they are always where you are and pretty loudly too. 24/7, we are together. I love them. I truly do. But I miss being ALONE. Time when I lift heavy things, or sweat until I’m lobster red. Time when I drink over priced corporate coffee. Time when I don’t have to talk, or listen, or DO anything. Time when I don’t have to be “on”. I’m so fortunate to have a spouse that is willing to absorb some of the emotional work in child rearing right now (and always). He also tries to take them outside daily and give me a few moments alone- and it helps!!
But there are some REAL positives to consider. My house hasn’t been this clean since BEFORE kids. I have all the time in the world to complete my tasks; I don’t have to worry that I’ll run out of time before its finished. My house is by no stretch of the imagination spotless, but I have dusted the baseboards on the first floor.

My kids learning “number bonds” together. Yes, I know my desk chair is beat. I ordered a new one this morning.

I haven’t had to brain-space this week to tackle anything too cerebral. I’ve been plugging away on a baby blanket. I started another Wide Garter Stripe Shawl the other day. Mostly because I can work on it while I’m supervising my daughter’s home school process. This version is being knit from the balls of Lion Brand Re-Tweed I have. 2 Balls of Slate, then 1 ball each Arctic Ice, Plum Perfect and Dutch Blue. Its going to be significantly larger than the original. I want a huge shawl I can wrap up in blanket style. Once I figure out how much larger 1000 yards will make the shawl, I can update the pattern to share!

So fast. I started it 4/2. Its flying off the needles!

I hope to post progress on the baby blankets (all three) because the deadline is in about 3 weeks. My “dresser sock” should be complete this month- I work on it while my spouse reads bedtime stories to the kids. I also have a bunch of patterns that need to be formatted and published. Hopefully I find better ways to manage my design work while the kids are home.

How is everyone else managing life right now?

Free Pattern:Wide Garter Stripe Triangular Shawl

Color-block version

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Originally I designed this shawl for a tips and tricks class I taught at my local big-box craft store. It has an optional provisional cast-on, which I thought was important to introduce to my students. The small amount of provisionally cast-on stitches make this a great way to learn a new technique with low stakes. If you don’t want to do the provisional cast-on, feel free to work the regular garter stitch tab. The small resulting seam will be unnoticeable when wearing.
The construction is an easy knit for afternoons binge-watching whatever you currently are obsessed with. Adventurous Beginners will be able to tackle this project with ease. If you can count, knit, purl, and yarn-over: you can absolutely work this shawl up. (Feel free to contact me with any questions!)

Yarn

The Great 2020 Quarantine is giving many of us a unique opportunity to shop our stashes and stash-bust partial skeins. Use any Worsted/Aran/Size 4/Medium Weight yarn you desire or have on hand. This project would be beautiful solid, variegated, color-blocked, or randomly striped! Since this project does not require aggressive blocking to lay flat or to show lace work, any fiber content is suitable. My class samples were both acrylic. I’m currently working on another sample to display for the fall version of this class in a wool blend.

WIP of the color blocked version. Also pictured, my cat.

Start with either the provisional garter stitch tab or the regular garter stitch tab. Paired increases on the sides and at the spine give this shawl the triangular shape. Large garter stitch sections make it squishy and allow it lay flat without aggressive blocking.

Finished Dimensions: 68” x 31” (unblocked)

Yarn:  Version A: Just My Stripe (100% Acrylic, 177 yards) 3 skeins in Bubblegum by Lion Brand Yarns

            Version B: Cobblestone (100% Acrylic, 219yards) in 1 skein each of Misty Rose, Monarch, and 2 skeins of Slate               

Yardage:  530-600 yards of Worsted/Aran weight yarn

Needles: Size 10 ½ 6.5mm circular needle 29 inches or greater in length.

Notions: 1 yard of waste yarn (for provisional cast-on), I/9 Crochet hook (for provisional cast-on). 4 Stitch Markers, Yarn needle.

Gauge:  approximately 3.5 sts/in

Abbreviations:

CH: Chain
S1P: Slip one stitch purlwise (with yarn in front)
K: Knit
P: Purl
B/O: Bind-off
YO: Yarn Over
PM: Place Marker
SM: Slip Marker

Tips:    The increase rows are the front of the work. The rows with no increases (and the slip stitch center) are the back of the work.       

Pattern Instructions:

Provisional Cast-On Garter Tab:

            Using waste yarn and crochet hook, loosely CH 10. You will only be using the back bump of the center 3 chains. Extra chains are cast on for security.

            Using your project yarn, Pick-up and Knit 3 stitches from the back bump of the chain.

Picked-up stitches from the chain.

            Knit 12 rows.

After knitting the 12th row do not turn., rotate your work 90 degrees, along the long side, Pick-up and Knit 5 stitches.

Locations you will pick-up and knit from the side of the garter tab.
This is what it will look like before you un-zip the chain and pick-up the provisional stitches

Undo the chain, Pick-up and Knit the 3 stitches from the provisional cast-on. The first provisional stitch you cast on will look a little “weird” when un-zipped. Don’t worry- it works out just fine. You now have 11 stitches total.

Non-Provisional Start:

If you do not want to to the provisional cast-on this method will yield similar results. The only difference, the garter tab will have a small seam. Which no one will ever notice.

Regular Garter Tab Instructions:
Cast-on 3 stitches. Knit 12 rows. DO not turn work. Rotate the work 90 degrees, pick up and knit 5 stitches from the long side (as shown above). Do not turn, Pick-up and knit 3 stitches along the original cast on edge. Continue to the next section and work as written.

Set-up and Section 1:

Row 1: K3, PM, P2, PM, S1P, PM, P2, PM, K3

Row 2: K3, SM, YO, K2, YO, SM, K1, SM, YO, K2, YO, SM, K3

This is what your work looks like after row 2. Your markers denote the selvage and flank the center stitch.

Row 3: K3, SM, P to marker, SM, S1P, SM, P to marker, SM, K3

Row 4: K3, SM, YO, K to Marker, YO, SM, K1, SM, YO, K to Marker, YO, SM, K3

Rows 5-10

Rows 5, 7, & 9:K3, SM, P to marker, SM, S1P, SM, P to marker, SM, K3

Rows 6, 8, &10: K3, SM, YO, K to Marker, YO, SM, K1, SM, YO, K to Marker, YO, SM, K3

Section 2:

Rows 11, 13, 15, 17, 19: K3, SM, K to marker, SM, S1P, SM, K to marker, SM, K3

Rows 12, 14, 16, 18, 20: K3, SM, YO, K to Marker, YO, SM, K1, SM, YO, K to Marker, YO, SM, K3

Section 3:

Rows 21, 23, 25, 27, 29:K3, SM, P to marker, SM, S1P, SM, P to marker, SM, K3

Rows 22, 24, 26, 28, 30: K3, SM, YO, K to Marker, YO, SM, K1, SM, YO, K to Marker, YO, SM, K3

Section 4:

Rows 31, 33, 35, 37, 39: K3, SM, K to marker, SM, S1P, SM, K to marker, SM, K3

Rows 32, 34, 36, 38, 40: K3, SM, YO, K to Marker, YO, SM, K1, SM, YO, K to Marker, YO, SM, K3

If you are making a color block style shawl, change to color B now.

Section 5:

Rows 41, 43, 45, 47, 49:K3, SM, P to marker, SM, S1P, SM, P to marker, SM, K3

Rows 42, 44, 46, 48, 50: K3, SM, YO, K to Marker, YO, SM, K1, SM, YO, K to Marker, YO, SM, K3

Section 6:

Rows 51, 53, 55, 57, 59: K3, SM, K to marker, SM, S1P, SM, K to marker, SM, K3

Rows 52, 54, 56, 58, 60: K3, SM, YO, K to Marker, YO, SM, K1, SM, YO, K to Marker, YO, SM, K3

Section 7:

Rows 61, 63, 65, 67, 69:K3, SM, P to marker, SM, S1P, SM, P to marker, SM, K3

Rows 62, 64, 66, 68, 70: K3, SM, YO, K to Marker, YO, SM, K1, SM, YO, K to Marker, YO, SM, K3

Section 8:

Rows 71, 73, 75, 77, 79: K3, SM, K to marker, SM, S1P, SM, K to marker, SM, K3

Rows 72, 74, 76, 78, 80: K3, SM, YO, K to Marker, YO, SM, K1, SM, YO, K to Marker, YO, SM, K3

If you are making a color block style shawl, change to color C now.

Section 9:

Rows 81, 83, 85, 87, 89:K3, SM, P to marker, SM, S1P, SM, P to marker, SM, K3

Rows 82, 84, 86, 88, 90: K3, SM, YO, K to Marker, YO, SM, K1, SM, YO, K to Marker, YO, SM, K3

Section 10:

Rows 91, 93, 95, 97, 99: K3, SM, K to marker, SM, S1P, SM, K to marker, SM, K3

Rows 92, 94, 96, 98, 100: K3, SM, YO, K to Marker, YO, SM, K1, SM, YO, K to Marker, YO, SM, K3

Section 11:

Rows 101, 103, 105, 107, 109:K3, SM, P to marker, SM, S1P, SM, P to marker, SM, K3

Rows 102, 104, 106, 108, 110: K3, SM, YO, K to Marker, YO, SM, K1, SM, YO, K to Marker, YO, SM, K3

Section 12:

Rows 111, 113, 115, 117, 119: K3, SM, K to marker, SM, S1P, SM, K to marker, SM, K3

Rows 112, 114, 116, 118, 120: K3, SM, YO, K to Marker, YO, SM, K1, SM, YO, K to Marker, YO, SM, K3

Work an additional 3-15 rows of section 12 (depending on how much yarn you have left and how large you want the shawl). B/O using a stretchy edge (I use a K2TOG bind-off).

Finishing:

Weave in ends. Wool and Wool-blends are suitable for light blocking, if desired.

Go grab a coffee, you deserve it.

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