1-2-3 Chickadee Shawl by Susan B. Anderson

1-2-3 Chickadee Shawl

November 2015
Sport (12 wpi) ?
5 stitches = 1 inch
in stockinette stitch
US 7 - 4.5 mm
543 yards (497 m)
88-inch wingspan, 14-inches deep (easily modified to be larger or smaller)
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The 1-2-3 Chickadee! Shawl was inspired by my collection of many skeins of the lovely Quince & Co. Chickadee yarn, some in the same color and many in different colors. I wanted to create a simple shawl that uses up all of three skeins of the Chickadee or 543 yards of a sport weight yarn. The long asymmetrical triangular shawl is knit side-to-side with very little stitch counting at all. You are basically keeping track of garter ridges and sets of garter ridges.

The last page is a checklist for each section if you are one to keep track. The shawl can be made smaller by stopping at any point and then completing the final border or larger by continuing on in the pattern as set before completing the final border. It’s a very flexible design.

The 1-2-3 Chickadee Shawl is just the easiest breeziest knit where the number of the skein you are on literally tells you what to do. For each of the 3 sections the number of garter ridges in a set matches the number of the skein you are on, 1, 2 or 3. It’s that simple.

Let’s get started step-by-step and you’ll see that in 1-2-3 your shawl will be done!

Finished measurements after a gentle blocking: 88-inch wingspan, 14-inches deep

Yarn: Quince & Co. Chickadee (100% American Wool;181 yards/50 grams), 3 skeins OR 543 yards of a sport weight yarn

One-color shawl:
Sample 1: 3 skeins in Aleutian #148

Two-color shawl:
Sample 2: 1 skein in Dogwood #135 and 2 skeins of Chanterelle #118
For the two-color, use the 1 skein of one color for Section 1.
Note: Before starting make the tassels and also measure out 10 grams for the final border as in the sample.

Three-color shawl:
Another color suggestion is to have 1 skein in each of 3 different colors, either coordinating for color-blocking or gradient colors.
Note: Before starting the shawl, make the tassels and save 10 grams for the final border in the color(s) you have selected.

Needles: US size 7/4.5mm needles, 32-inch circular or longer

Gauge: 5 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch before blocking

Yarn needle
Optional: 3-inch piece of cardboard for making tassels
Optional: Kitchen scale that weighs in grams to weigh the yarn for the tassels and for the final border.

K knit
P purl
St(s) stitch(es)
Row(s) row(s)
K2tog knit two stitches together.
Kfb knit in the front and back of the same stitch.