Autumn Leaves Small Triangular Shawl (Baktus) by Elaine Phillips

Autumn Leaves Small Triangular Shawl (Baktus)

October 2011
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 22 rows = 4 inches
US 2 - 2.75 mm
380 - 390 yards (347 - 357 m)
one size
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In the Northeast where I live, early Fall is a gorgeous season. The weather is usually sunny, clear and pleasantly, and the colors of the trees are incredibly vivid. When I first picked up the Knit Picks Chroma Yarn that I used for this project, I knew immediately that I would be using it to make some sort of tribute to the Fall. I went with a leaf motif.

This is a baktus-style shawl (this just means that it’s long and narrow, meant to be wrapped around the neck and shoulders like a scarf).

Because I wanted to include some leaves in the body of the shawl, not just the border, but at the same time didn’t want to do lace all-over, the shawl features a slightly unusual construction. The central part is knitted first and features lace. Then the stitches along the two edges are picked up, and the left and right parts are knitted in turn.

The side panels are knitted with seed stitch. I used this stitch because it holds its shape better and doesn’t tend to roll up like stockinette stitch. The lace border is knitted at the same time. A lace leaf caps each end of the baktus.

While it’s possible to use any fingering-weight yarn for this shawl, I do think something Fall- or at least forest-colored is best.