07 May 2012

A Warm and Cosy Shawl

This shawl is easy.  Worked in just garter stitch even a beginner knitter could very quickly create a beautiful shawl, just right for wrapping around your shoulders while you work, read or even knit!

Worked in a triangle, you start with just two stitches, increasing one stitch at the end of each row, until your shawl is done.

You will need:
4 x 100g balls 8 ply pure wool
1 7mm circular knitting needle

You will use the circular needle as you would a pair of straight needles. When you finish knitting all your stitches from the left needle to the right, you will switch hands and knit from left to right again. You will always be knitting left to right, but you need the length of the circular needle to hold all your stitches as your shawl grows.

Cast on 2 stitches.
1st row:  knit 1, yarn over, knit 1, 3 stitches
2nd row: knit 1, yarn over, knit, 4 stitches
3rd row: knit 1, yarn over, knit 3, 5 stitches
4th row: knit 1, yarn over, knit to end.
Repeat 4th row until you have 170 stitches on your needle.
Cast off.

You may need to block your shawl to square and even out your knitting. To do this lay the shawl out on a towel or blanket that has been spread out on a flat surface. Lightly mist the shawl with water, gently shaping it as you desire. Pin into place on the towel or blanket with dressmakers or quilters pins. Allow to dry flat.

As soon as I can get the camera out of the car I'll post a picture of my shawl - it's not finished just yet, but it growing beautifully, a little each night as I sit in front of the TV. I am watching, or rather re-watching, the Cranford series on DVD at the moment and thoroughly enjoying it again while I knit before bed time.

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