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Basic Triangle Shawl, With Cat Mountain Fiber Arts Fusion Yarn

Knitting
August 2010
Worsted / 10 ply (9 wpi) ?
17 stitches = 4 inches in Gauge is not important
US 8 - 5.0 mm
500 yards (457 m)
One Size
This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

Supplies:
Cat Mountain Fiber Arts Fusion Yarn, Worsted Weight, one 500-yard skein
US Size 8 circular needle, 24 inch or longer

Abbreviations:

K Knit
P Purl
Sts Stitches
YO Yarn Over
Inc Increase
Dec Decease
K2tog Knit two together
PM Place Marker
SM Slip Marker

Tip: Many people like to start shawls on a straight needle because they are small in the beginning and working on a tiny object on a long circular needle can be fiddly. But, once your shawl gets bigger, you will eventually need to transfer it to a circular needle that is at least 24 inches long.

The sample shawl is knit with each texture until the yarn ran out, then the next one was picked up. You may choose to knit a certain number of rows with each texture and then repeat. Be sure to plan how you want to use the textures before you start. You will cast on at the top edge, so the first yarn you will use will be at the neck, and the last one will be the bottom edge of the triangle.

Beginning with the first texture you have chosen, loosely cast on 5 stitches using long tail cast on, or your favorite cast on method.

Row 1: K1, YO, K1, YO, PM, K1, YO, K1, YO, K1 (9 Sts)

Row 2 and All Even Rows (except as described below): P across all stitches, slipping center stitch marker

Row 3: K1, YO, K3, YO, SM, K1, YO, K3, YO, K1 (13 Sts)

Row 5: K1, YO, K5, YO, SM, K1, YO, K5, YO, K1 (17 Sts)

Continue as above, on each odd numbered row, add 4 stitches by placing a Yarn Over one stitch in from each edge and on each side of the center spine.

Using a marker to mark the center stitch is helpful if you are one to lose track of your place, or new to reading your stitches. However, as your shawl progresses, you will likely find that you can easily see where the center stitch is and won’t need the marker.

On Row 12 and every 12th row thereafter, Knit across the entire row rather than Purl. This provides the purl ridge across the front that you see in the sample.

The sample was knit until the yarn ran out. You may choose to make your shawl smaller by planning how many repeats you wish to do, or changing the texture sequence. If you choose to do the I-Cord Cast off, which gives a very nice rolled edge, be sure to allow enough for at least 4 rows at the end, as the I-cord bind off uses the equivalent of approximately 3 to 4 rows of knitting.

Optional Applied I-Cord Cast-Off.

Tip: This technique is easiest if you use a short double pointed or straight needle in the appropriate size for you right needle, though you may also use your circular needle.

At the beginning of the row, beginning with the first stitch on the left needle, cast on three stitches thus:

Insert right needle into first stitch on the left needle and knit the stitch. Do not remove the stitch from the left needle, but pull it towards you, twist it once and place the just - knitted loop onto the left needle (1 stitch has now been cast on). Repeat two times more.

Begin Cast off – Knit the first two stitches. Knit the next two stitches together (this will be the third stitch that you cast on, plus the first existing stitch). Slide all three stitches from the right needle back over to the left needle.

K2, K2tog, slide all three stitches from the right needle back over to the left needle. Repeat this until you are at the end. Slide the three stitches over to the left needle, K2tog, K1, Slip the first loop over the second loop and secure the end.

Weave in ends. Block by soaking in water with a drop of shampoo or wool wash, then roll in a towel and pin out on a flat surface. Wear and look beautiful!