Monday, August 9, 2010

Simplicity #2: in lilac-blue

As you can see, I'm feeling a bit poetic today. Don't worry, it will pass:)

I've been a bit busy recently, but somehow I managed to finish a few projects. The one I'm showing today is Simplicity#2. I knitted it in June while watching a few final games of the World Cup finals. It's the same yarn (only different color), and the same pattern as the gray shawl from this post. Drums please:

Now for the interesting part: I showed the gray one to someone, and they told me that this is a "granny" shawl. I respectfully disagreed. And later I triumphed a little, because that shawl became very popular at Ravelry! And all the nice words from fellow-knitters matter so much more!:)
Anyway, I've been asked for the pattern, so here it is:

The simplicity shawl

The great thing about this pattern is that it is really... simple. And it does not to be followed that carefully - you can play with it a little:)
Cast on 9 stitches using the provisional method (it's not required, but it will make the central part of the shawl seamless. If you've never tried this method, here is a great video tutorial. If you go for the provisional cast-on, use the kitchener stitch to put the borders together.)

Row 1:  k1 p1 k1 p1 yo (place marker if necessary)  k1 yo p1 k1 p1 k1  (the green k1 is the center of the triangle - and it's symmetry line. Red marks the borders. It's important, because in every odd row you'll add 4 stitches in these places: after the border (on the inside), and before and after the center stitch)
Row 2 (and other even rows): purl
Row 3: k1 p1 k1 p1 yo k1 yo k1 yo k1 yo p1 k1 p1 k1
Row 5: k1 p1 k1 p1 yo k3 yo k1 yo k3 yo p1 k1 p1 k1
(notice where the yarn over is)

Repeat the line pattern (adding 4 sts in each odd row) for as long as you want (this is the creative part:)) For clarity I'll use the numbers from the my lilac shawl. So repeat to row 34.

Row 35: k1 p1 k1 p1 yo k1 *(yo sl1k1psso)* yo k1 yo *(yo sl1k1psso)* k1 yo p1 k1 p1 k1
(Alternative row 35 /probably most people will find this way easier/: k1 p1 k1 p1 yo *(k2tog yo)* k1 yo k1 yo k1 *(yo k2tog)* yo p1 k1 p1 k1

Row 35 is repeated 4 times, and the number of rows between the repetitions is identical. It's up to you how close these repetitions are. In lilac it's every 26 rows. So it goes like this:
Rows 37-62: knit on the right side, purl on the wrong side, remember the borders, the center stitch and the increase (4 sts on each odd row, as described)
Row 63: repeat row 35

After the 4th repeat continue as in rows 37-62 until you'll reach the number of stitches between YOs divisible by 12 + 1. Then switch to lace pattern according to the diagram:
empty square: knit on the right side, purl on the wrong side; o - yarn over
v upside-dawn - sl1k2togpsso (slip1, knit2tog, pass the slipped stitch over)

Repeat rows 1-10 five times (or more; again - it's up to you). Remember the increase! When you have enough added stitches to start a new repeat, do it. You can also start a repeat when you have half of required stitches - just remember that in the lace pattern for every YO there has to be a decrease of 1 st.

maybe you'll find this photo useful

When you feel that your shawl is big enough, this is what you do: 
Row 10 of the last vertical repeat (wrong side): knit.
Next 1-3 rows (again: up to you. This is to keep the edge from rolling, so if you feel you need more then one repeat, go ahead): garter stitch (knit on both sides).

Cast off loosely. And you're done:)

Now all that's left is to block the shawl. And wear it with pride:)

I hope I haven't made any mistakes in the description, but if you find something, let me know and I'll fix it. 


  1. Thank you so much for this pattern.
    This shawl is very gorgeous.