After a few months off, I started to spin again. I’m not sure what the reason for the long break was but spinning again felt like coming up for a breath of fresh air.
I chose this lovely fiber from my stash and enjoyed working with it so much that I finished two skeins on the same weekend. Though I got a little disappointed when the first skein was dry because I had to realize I had overspun my yarn.
I really don’t like working with stiff and kinky yarns so I tried to remove some of the twist by running it through the wheel again in the opposite direction as if to ply, treadling quickly. And it worked! The result was so lovely I decided I could not let it sit in my stash.
I often wear shawls around my neck. They keep me warm and make my outfit special even if I'm only wearing a pair of jeans and a shirt. I hope you will enjoy making this shawl as much as I enjoyed designing it.
model: Ágnes Kutas-Keresztes photos: Christian Kutas
Commercial Yarn Alternative
Malabrigo Rastita [100% merino; 310yd/283m per 100g skein]; color: Solis 2 skeins
Recommended needle size [always use a needle size that
gives you the gauge listed below --
every knitter's gauge is unique]
US #8/5mm circular needle 40 inch circular needle
scrap yarn and crochet hook for provisional cast on (see Pattern Notes)
17 sts/23 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch, blocked
PATTERN NOTES [Knitty's list of standard abbreviations and techniques can be found here.]
Provisional Cast on:
This project uses a provisional cast on. Use your preferred provisional cast on technique; directions for one technique may be found here.
Bobble: (K1, yo, k1, yo, k1) into the same stitch.
K2tog, k1, k2tog, pass second and third stitches on right needle one by one over the first.
Using a provisional cast-on method, cast on 3 sts and knit 35 rows (17 garter ridges). Turn work 90° clockwise, pick up and knit 17 sts along the edge (use front loops of purl edge sts), then undo the provisional cast-on, place 3 live sts on left needle and knit these 3 sts. 23 sts.
Next row [WS]: K2, pfb, [p1, pfb] to last 2 sts, k2. 33 sts.
Body Rows 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13 and 15 [RS]: K3, kfb twice, knit to last 5 sts, kfb twice, k3. 4 sts increased.
Rows 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10 [WS]: K3, pfb, purl to last 4 sts, pfb, k3. 2 sts increased.
Rows 12, 14 and 16 [WS]: K3, pfb, knit to last 4 sts, pfb, k3. 2 sts increased.
Work Rows 1-16 three times in total. 101 sts after first rep, 149 sts after second rep, 197 sts after third rep.
Border Next row [RS]: K3, kfb three times, knit to last 6 sts, kfb three times, k3. 203 sts.
Next row [WS]: K3, pfb, purl to last 4 sts, pfb, k3. 205 sts.
Next row [RS]: Work Chart across, working Repeat as required.
Work as set until you have worked three full repeats of the 10-row chart. 295 sts.
Row 1 [RS]: K3, kfb twice, knit to last 5 sts, kfb twice, k3. 4 sts increased. Row 2 [WS]: K3, pfb, knit to last 4 sts, pfb, k3. 2 sts increased.
Rep Rows 1-2 once more, then work Row 1 again. 311 sts.
BO all stitches as follows:
K1, *k1, slip the two sts on right needle back to left needle and k2tog tbl, rep from * until all sts are bound off.
Weave in ends. Block to measurements.
ABOUT THE DESIGNER
Ágnes lives, knits and spins in a small village in Switzerland.
She mainly designs shawls, sweaters and small accessories and her work has been published in magazines like Interweave Knits, Knitscene, Knit Now and Twist Collective. You can find her designs on her website and on Ravelry as well.