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Very easy shawl knitted sideways

..or scarf..
this is so versatile and you can add your own personal touch by using different colored stripes, changing the stitch from K to a pattern,  the possibilities are endless.

The sides have an increase and  then a decrease to get a triangular shape.
The YO makes a lacy edge on the top and sides.
It is knitted sideways.

You can use any yarn you like and its corresponding needles.
You knit in the pattern as much as you like - calculate that the rows make the length of the shawl from top to bottom and the amount of stitches make the width from side to side.
the amount of yarn needed will vary according to the size you would like it to be.

This is what i used:
Knit Picks Stroll in 2 colors
Size US 7 needles - 4.5mm
( I had 2 different colors of yarn left over from a project, so I started with one color,  increased till I finished the ball then started the decreases using the other color. This shawl took 100gms of  yarn)

This is how you start.
Cast on 6 sts
Row 1 knit
Row 2 knit
Row 3 (right side)K2 ,YO, slip 1 K1 Pass slipped stitch over (SL1 K1 PSSO)  YO K2
Row 4:and all even rows:1st and last 2 sts are always in K the rest are P
Row 5 K2 YO SL1 K1 PSSO K to last 2 sts, YO K2
Go on this way until you reach the desired length
Start decreasing,
The even rows remain the same but the odd ones are like this
K2, YO Slip 1, K1 pass slipped stitch over K to last 5 sts SL2 K1 PSSO YO K2
Go on this way until you have 6 sts left
Cast off.

K = knit
P = purl
YO = yarn over needle
SL1 K1 PSSO = slip 1 stitch,  K1 Pass slipped stitch over
SL2 K1 PSSO = Slip 2 sts, K1, Pass slipped stitches over


sassysean said...

Thank you so much!! I love these simple but elegant designs! This would be great for gifting (and keeping)

SassySean on Ravelry

Sunflowers said...

I agree, we could use a variegated yarn or just simply knit it in one colour. But I must say I do like the way Louise has used the yarn here..

Thanks so much for sharing with us.


Anonymous said...

Thank you for this pattern. I'm going to make it for my Mom for Christmas. I love the 2 colors.

Anonymous said...

I too, like your pattern, but before I start I'd like to know on on the end of the pattern it say's to K2,yo,sl 21 ? k1, pass slipped stitch over k ?? do I actually slipped 21 sts over ?? Thank you and I too like your color's too

Louise Knits said...

oops fixed it!

Anonymous said...

Very elegant! I love the look of 2 colors- I guess that necessity really is the mother of invention!

K Jack said...

I love the elegance of this. Can you please give the dimensions of the finished shawl? Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Love the shawl but I am wondering where the increase happens? I keep getting 6 stiches....

Anonymous said...

I am most on the first decrease row. The YO doesn't seem right at the end. It leaves a hole, of course. Help!

Anonymous said...

Make that "lost" on the first decresse row!

Christine Jacob said...

Louise! I love your patterns,and this color combination. Please, what Stroll colors did you use?

felice sereno said...

ii dont remember! mustard was one i think!

Belinda said...


Thank you for the pattern--I've been looking for something like this!

I have a question--you mentioned that you used 100g of yarn for the shawl. I know, though, that you can have skeins of two different weight yarns (let's say, fingering and DK), and while both skeins might be 50g each, the yardage is different. So, which is more important in determining how much yarn you need--the weight of the skein, or the yardage of the skein?

Thank you!

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Anonymous said...

I'm a very beginner. When you say continue on this way after row 5 does that mean re start at row 1 and continue 1-5 until desired length or??

pb said...

Two questions:
Did you use circular needles?
About how long is the deepest part?

pb said...

I am trying to get past row 5. Do I go back and repeat 3 and 5 for the entire pattern, making sure the even is always as row 4 is, or do I start from row 1 and then row 2 is knitted as row 4? Very confusing for me, sorry

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