Aloha Shawlette and Shawl
Aloha! The very word evokes sunshine, sand, and rainbows. The Aloha Shawlette is a little heart shaped confection that features alternating rainbow and seafoam stripes, a repeating lei of flowers or shells, and a knit-on lace edging. It was designed to showcase two 50g skeins of Stitchjones Pai Mei Sock yarn in Rainbow Shave Ice and Warm Sand for the 2014 Stitchjones Yarnageddon Club.
The result was so enchanting, we had to create a larger shawl from 100g skeins, too. Instructions for both sizes are included in the pattern, with slightly different edgings which are proportional for each piece.
Note on gauge: It’s knit at a loose gauge so that it can be light and airy. This is especially important for the small shawlette so it can be big enough when blocked. It’s not as important for the large shawlette. I knit both of mine on a size 5 Signature (metal, and metal makes me knit pretty loosely), and my test knitter Rachel trtlgrl knit on a size 7. It sounds like an absurdly large needle, but this plied yarn is round and airy and it can handle it! (It’s not a skinny single)
Also of general interest: When you get to the stripe section, carry the yarn not in use up the back loosely, so it doesn’t make your edge tight! Stretch out the edge right after the twist, and maybe even give it a little extra slack. The whole shawlette stretches a lot during blocking, and you don’t want to limit that with the carried yarn. (One wing of my shawlette is slightly shorter than the other because of this, but it’s not so much that it’s noticeable when wearing, so don’t worry too much!)
Heads up! If you knit the triple flower center from the graph, check the written directions for rows 13 & 14 to help you move the marker to the correct place before the rainbow striping. I’ll add a note in a pattern update.
Want this exact yarn? Pre-order the yarn in either full size hanks or duos of 57g hanks, at Stitchjones.etsy.com!
ETA: We’re having a KAL! Order yarn from Stitchjones by April 10 to receive yarn in time for the April 21 cast on. You are also welcome to use your own yarn. Come join the fun in the KAL thread on the PDXKnitterati group!