Bored with scarves that start at one end and finish at the other, shawls that start at one side and finish at the other? Here’s Another Way.
You can make a rectangular shawl or scarf with no casting on and no binding off.
You don’t need a gauge square to make it to any size with any yarn - easily. In case you thought that was a typo, I’ll say it a different way: you can make it to your own custom size without having to make a tension square.
It’s garter stitch - with funky stripes and some increasing and decreasing. It’s perfect for stashbusting, mini-skeins and having fun with stripes.
Worked from the middle out, it’s easy to ensure each side is balanced as you go, making it fantastic for using up yarns or playing with colour. I just wasn’t done with my Foolproof idea!
If you want to keep life simple, there is a beautiful City Stripe Scarf version (photographed), which has size, yarn quantities and stripe layout all specified. There is also a separate worksheet pdf to help you re-colour this stripe layout in your own favourite shades.
Flexible. Advice on sizes is given in the pattern. Easy to adjust.
Recommended sizes 10-60cm/4-24” wide x 120-210cm/4-7ft long.
City Stripe Scarf: 22cm/9” wide x 150cm/60” long.
- Yarn you love - advice on estimating quantities is given in the pattern.
- Needles of your choice. You could use straights but you will find it easier to fit the stitches onto a circular with 80cm/32” cable.
- Stitch holder
- Stitch markers
- Tapestry needle to weave in ends
- Blue Sky Alpacas: Alpaca Silk 50% alpaca 50% silk 133m/146yds per 50g skein, A plum (128) x 2 skeins, plus 1 x skein each of B peridot (148), C peacock (139), D sapphire (137), E plume (103)
- 4mm/US 6 needles.
For City Stripe, recommend 22sts per 10cm/4” over garter stitch using 4mm/US 6 needles.
Thank you Jean, Mandy & Monica for sample & test knitting.