Knitty: little purls of wisdom
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This is a tip-up triangular shawlette, asymmetrical, with lace at the top (long part of triangle). There is one size given, with notes for making it larger or smaller, and it can be done in any fingering- or sport-weight yarn. It looks great worked in two colors or one. It's a great pattern for highly variegated sock yarns. If you choose to go that route, I'd recommend using the uber-variegated yarn as your main color, and using a semi-solid as your contrasting color.

Zaria is the goddess of beauty in Polish mythology. She was often depicted as a warrior goddess, too, and this shawlette bridges the gap between beauty and practicality, much like Zaria must have to earn those honors. Also, I really like names that begin with or contain a Z, so when I stumbled upon this name, I knew it was meant to be.

The design was inspired by the gorgeous nature of Blue Moon's variegated sock yarns -- they need a pattern that doesn't fight with their colorplay, so simplicity is ideal. Adding a contrasting color in knitting is always fun, in fact, one of the most fun parts of this project was deciding what direction to go for the second color.

spacer model: Shannon Squire, Emiily Williams
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Wingspan: 78 inches
Depth: 16 inches



Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Mediumweight [100% superwash merino wool; 402yds/368m per 170g skein]
spacer [MC] Mossly Manly; 1 skein
spacer [CC] Pond Scum; 1 skein
Note: if you wish to use only one color, you need approximately 1.5 skeins.

Recommended needle size
[always use a needle size that gives you the gauge listed below -- every knitter's gauge is unique]
spacer 1 24-32 inch US #5/3.75mm circular needle

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22 sts/32 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch
18 sts/23 rows = 4 inches in garter stitch, measured after blocking

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

Sizing: This pattern is written as a multiple of 6 + 9, so keep that in mind if you would like it to be larger or smaller than the given examples. You can keep increasing and increasing as long as you'd like, and make this as large as you'd like, as long as it's the proper number of stitches. You can also work the Lace Motif more times than the pattern states, if you'd like.

The pattern is also almost completely reversible.

Lace Pattern
Row 1 [RS]: Kfb, k1, (yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k1) to last st, kfb.
Row 2 and all following even rows [WS]: Kfb, k to end of row.
Row 3 [RS]: Kfb, k2, (k1, yo, CDD, yo, k2) to last 3 sts, k2, kfb.
Row 5 [RS]: Kfb, k3, (k1, yo, CDD, yo, k2) to last 5 sts, k4, kfb.
Row 7 [RS]: Kfb, k4, (k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k1), to last 7 sts, k6, kfb.
Row 9 [RS]: Kfb, k4, ssk, (yo, k3, yo, CDD), to last 14 sts, yo, k3, yo, k2tog, k8, kfb.
Row 11 [RS]: Kfb, k5, ssk, (yo, k3, yo, CDD) to last 16 sts, yo, k3, yo, k2tog, k10, kfb.
Row 12 [WS]: Kfb, k to end.

CDD: Centered double decrease. Slip two stitches as if to k2tog; k1, then pass the two slipped sts over st just knit. 2 sts decreased.

Kfbf: Knit into front, back, and front of the stitch. 1 st increased to 3.

Using MC, CO 1 st.

Set Up Rows
Row 1 [WS]: Kfbf. 3 sts.
Row 2 [RS]: Kfb, k1, kfb. 5 sts.
Row 3 [WS]: Kfb, k to end of row. 6 sts.

Main Increase Section
Row 4 [RS]: Kfb, k to last st, kfb. 2 sts increased.
Row 5 [WS]: Kfb, k to end of row. 1 st increased.

Work Rows 4-5 until you have 189 sts on the needles.

Lace Motif Section
Cut MC and join CC.

Work all 12 rows of Lace Pattern three times, following either charted or written directions. 243 sts.

Top Increase Section
Cut CC and rejoin MC.

Row 1 [RS]: Kfb, k to last st, kfb.
Row 2 [WS]: Kfb, k to end of row.

Work Rows 1-2 6 times more. 264 sts.

With RS facing, using the Cable CO method, CO 2 stitches.

Work Applied I-cord Edging as follows: [K1 tbl, k2tog tbl, slip both sts back to left needle] across until 2 sts rem.

Bind off.


Block well and heartily -- the garter stitch loves to stretch itself.


Shannon Squire is co-owner of Twisted, a LYS in Portland, Oregon. Shannon lives in wedded bliss with her adorable and talented husband (and sometimes photographer) Stefan and their gorgeous and talented wee daughters, Hazel and Astrid.

Her Ravelry name is, quite simply, shannon