Rosita

Rosita, a free knitting pattern from Knitty.com. Free knitting pattern for a simple rippled shawl designed for long-color-change yarns.

INTRODUCTION

Rosita

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Anyone who knows me well could tell you that I’m a huge Missoni fan. My obsession started when I was a child and constantly pored over my mother’s collection of knitting magazines.

The idea for this shawl came to me when I was browsing designer knitwear collections for inspiration, and saw a M Missoni sweater with wavy stripes. I thought that the stitch had to be a closed version of feather and fan, but decided to take a look at the other photos of the sweater anyway. Upon inspection of a close-up detail shot, I realized that the stitch pattern was more akin to that of the iconic Cookie A. sock pattern, Monkey, albeit stretched much wider. So this shawl pattern is a loving tribute to both Missoni and the Monkey socks. The name of this pattern is a nod to the matriarch of the Missoni clan.

This top-down shawl uses two ends of the same ball of self-striping lace yarn to break up the natural striping sequence of the yarn into a different striping pattern. Or you could try two different colors if your choice of self-striping yarn isn’t as high of contrast as the yarns used here.

spacer model: Sarah Ellis

spacer photos: Martha Ellis

SIZE

Shawlette[shawl]

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

Shawlette
Width: 48 inches/122cm
Depth: 21.5 inches/55cm

Shawl
Width:
66 inches/167cm
Depth: 28.5 inches/72cm

MATERIALS

Yarn

Shawlette [shown above in red]
spacer Noro Kirameki [60% rayon, 25% nylon, 10% wool, 5% cashmere; 495yd/453m per 1.76oz/50g skein]; color: 156; 1 skein

Shawl [shown below in multi]
spacer Noro Taiyo Lace [50% cotton, 17% wool, 17% nylon, 16% silk; 920yd/841m per 3.53oz/100g skein]; color: 2; 1 skein

Note: Both yarns are discontinued, but Noro still makes a yarn called Cashmere Flavor. It is a wool-free version of Kirameki, and available in many of the same colorways.

Recommended needle size
[always use a needle size that gives you the gauge listed below - every knitter's gauge is unique]
spacer 1 US #4/3.5mm circular needle, 24-40 inches/60-100cm long

Notions
spacer 2 stitch markers
spacer yarn needle
spacer T-pins for blocking
spacer blocking wires (recommended)
spacer nylon monofilament, 50lb test or larger (recommended)

GAUGE

24 sts/38 rows= 4 inches/10 cm in stockinette stitch

PATTERN NOTES

[Knitty's list of standard abbreviations and techniques can be found here.]

Wind yarn into a center-pull ball, or split into two equally-sized balls based on personal preference. You can either work from both ends of the same ball, or two separate balls. Designate one end as MC and the other as CC.

The stitch repeat for the body pattern is 48 stitches by 12 rows, but it takes 96 rows (or eight row repeats) to add a full stitch repeat to each section.

LPI: [Left lifted Purl Increase] With left needle lift the stitch below the stitch just worked, and purl it. 1 stitch increased.
RPI: [Right lifted Purl Increase] With right needle lift the stitch below the next stitch, and purl it. 1 stitch increased.

CHARTS

BODY CHART A: body chart part 1a | body chart part 1b | body chart part 1c | body chart part 1d
BODY CHART B: body chart part 2a | body chart part 2b | body chart part 2c | body chart part 2d
(these charts are huge. Assemble a-b-c-d)

setup chart | edging chart

DIRECTIONS

shawl photo

Garter tab
With MC, CO 3 sts.
K 10 rows.
With CC, k 1 row (RS). At end of last row, turn work 90 degrees clockwise and pick up and k 5 sts along one long edge of work – this will be 1 st in each purl ridge. Pick up and k 3 sts from cast-on. 11 sts.

Next row [WS]: K3, p2, pm, p1, pm, p2, k3.

The two markers are around the center spine stitch.

Setup rows
Row 1 [RS]: With MC, k3, yo, k to marker, yo, slip marker, k1, slip marker, yo, k to last 3 sts, yo, k3. 4 sts increased.
Row 2 [WS]: With MC, k3, p to last 3 sts, k3.
Row 3 [RS]: With CC, k3, yo, k to marker, yo, slip marker, k1, slip marker, yo, k to last 3 sts, yo, k3. 4 sts increased.
Row 4 [WS]: With CC, k3, p to last 3 sts, k3.
Repeat Rows 1-4 twice more. 35 sts.

Setup chart
Row 1 [RS]: With MC, k3, work Setup Chart to marker, slip marker, k1, slip marker, work Setup Chart to last 3 sts, k3. 4 sts increased.
Row 2 [WS]: With MC, k3, work Setup Chart to marker, slip marker, p1, slip marker, work Setup Chart to last 3 sts, k3.
Row 3 [RS]: With CC, k3, work Setup Chart to marker, slip marker, k1, slip marker, work Setup Chart to last 3 sts, k3. 4 sts increased.
Row 4 [WS]: With CC, k3, work Setup Chart to marker, slip marker, p1, slip marker, work Setup Chart to last 3 sts, k3.

Continue as set until you have worked all 36 rows of the Setup Chart. 107 sts.

Body pattern
Note: Body Pattern is split into two charts, Body Chart A for rows 1-48 of pattern, and Body Chart B for rows 49-96.
Row 1 [RS]: With MC, k3, work Body Chart to marker, slip marker, k1, slip marker, work Body Chart to last 3 sts, k3. 4 sts increased.
Row 2 [WS]: With MC, k3, work Body Chart to marker, slip maker, p1, slip marker, work Body Chart to last 3 sts, k3.
Row 3 [RS]: With CC, k3, work Body Chart to marker, slip marker, k1, slip marker, work Body Chart to last 3 sts, k3. 4 sts increased.
Row 4 [WS]: k3, work Body Chart to marker, slip maker, p1, slip marker, work Body Chart to last 3 sts, k3.

Continue as set, until you have worked the 96-row repeat of Body Pattern, then work rows 1-12[1-72] once more. 323[443] sts.

Edging

Choose your edging chart based on last row of Body Pattern worked. Shawlette uses Shawlette Edging Chart, and Shawl uses Shawl Edging Chart.

Row 1 [RS]: With MC, k3, work Edging Chart to marker, slip marker, k1, slip marker, work Edging Chart to last 3 sts, k3. 4 sts increased.
Row 2 [WS]: With MC, k3, work Edging Chart to marker, slip marker, p1, slip marker, work Edging Chart to last 3 sts, k3.
Row 3 [RS]: With CC, k3, work Edging Chart to marker, slip marker, k1, slip marker, work Edging Chart to last 3 sts, k3. 4 sts increased.
Row 4 [WS]: With CC, k3, work Edging Chart to marker, slip marker, p1, slip marker, work Edging Chart to last 3 sts, k3.

Continue as set until you have worked all 10 rows of Edging Chart. 343[463] sts.

Bind-off
With MC and CC held together, p2, [sl both sts back to left needle and p2tog, p1] to last st, sl both sts back to left needle and p2tog. Break yarn and draw through last st.

FINISHING

Weave in ends, and wet block shawl. If using blocking wires and nylon monofilament, thread wires through eyelets at top edge, and thread monofilament through row below bind-off before pinning.

ABOUT THE DESIGNER

designernameSarah Ellis learned how to knit when she was almost ten, and has scarcely spent a day without her knitting since then. Another hobby is honing her video production skills, in hopes that one day her cats might break Maru’s world record for views. She is currently attending a coding bootcamp program to become a full stack developer.

You can find her on Instagram and Ravelry.

Pattern & images © 2017 Sarah Ellis. Contact Sarah