Bark by Sue Lazenby


October 2013
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 20 rows = 4 inches
in slipped stitch pattern
US 8 - 5.0 mm
437 - 720 yards (400 - 658 m)
medium (large)
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This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

This pattern is now free as I’m unable to offer support. I hope you enjoy it.

My love of trees inspired Bark, which is a fairly easy knit, suitable for the adventurous beginner.

It’s worked in a simple but interesting slip-st pattern, making it quick to knit (no purl sts) and cosy to wear, creating the perfect textured shawl for cooler weather. It is easily customisable, with instructions both for enlarging it and working a striped version.

This is a triangular shawl in two sizes, worked top down using fingering weight yarn. It is best worked in a solid or semi-solid colour to show the textured patterns to their advantage. Using a heavier weight yarn would give a larger, even cosier, winter shawl.

approx. 58”/147 cm x 26”/66 cm (63”/160 cm x 27.5”/70 cm larger size), using fingering on 5mm (#8) needles. A larger than usual needle size is suggested due to the density of the Slipped stitch, in order to give drape.

Fingering weight yarn, approx 437 yd/400m - 460 yd/421 m.
Large size: approx 720 yd/660m.
Large striped version: Main Colour 370 yd/338 m, Contrasting Colour 350 yd/320 m.
Circular Needle: 100cm (40’’), 5mm (US #8) or size for gauge.

20 sts/20 rows = 4 x 4’’ (10 x 10 cm) in Slipped stitch pattern, before blocking. Gauge is not critical and depends on chosen yarn and personal preference, but any difference is likely to affect the finished size.

SKILL LEVEL: Advanced beginner.

SKILLS REQUIRED: Provisional CO; Drop & Slip sts; directional increases. The stitches have full explanations. There is patterning on wrong side as well as right side rows.

The detailed instructions, covering 6 pages, are both written and charted throughout. The pattern has been fully tested and tech edited.

I’d love to see your progress / finished shawl over in the
suseknits group.