Pioneer Shawl by Kristin Spurkland

Pioneer Shawl

August 2011
DK (11 wpi) ?
US 7 - 4.5 mm
1000 - 1500 yards (914 - 1372 m)
can be made any size
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Shawl is inspired by a traditional Norwegian design, and is made to wrap around the body and tie at the front.

The design that inspired my shawl started with almost 600 sts cast on.

I re-designed it so that it starts with 3 sts cast on, and I also re-calculated the placement of the increases so that, once the pattern is established, the knitter can knit away without having to consult the pattern.

The shawl is reversible, based on a simple yo/k2tog lace, but the RS/WS flips at the center stitch. This creates a subtle textural difference between the right hand and left hand sides of the shawl, and makes it completely reversible.

The shape of the shawl is unusual--like a boomerang, with the tails reaching to the ground when the shawl is untied. This allows it to be comfortably tied around the body.

Pattern was available through Pico Accuardi Dyeworks in August, 2011, as part of “Created in Oregon: A Knitter’s Daybook”.

Twelve knit patterns from Oregon designers, twelve recipes using local ingredients, lots of Oregon stories and facts.

March 2012 update
The Pioneer Trail Shawl is now available in my Ravelry pattern store.