Radical Change by Kristina Vilimaite

Radical Change

Light fingering yarn weight: S size; fingering yarn weight: M size; sport yarn weight: L size; and DK yarn weight: XL size. Download 2 preview pages for details
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The shawl is a triangle worked from the top down. It is available in four sizes: S if knit from light fingering yarn weight, M from fingering, L from sport, and XL if knit from DK. Any yarn that can be blocked is suitable for this project. Solids and semi-solids are the best for this shawl as variegated yarn would obscure the stitch pattern.

The pattern contains charts and line-by-line written instructions. Stitch counts for each row are listed; the pattern also includes detailed blocking instructions. The pattern was test knit by 11 knitters and tech edited by cmuralidhara.

Notions, needles, yarn weight, measurements

Please download the first two pages of the pattern. A table on page 2 of these preview pages contains information about gauge, needle size, yardage and blocked measurements for the four sizes. Notions are listed under the table.


Intermediate (as long as you manage working such stitches as nupp and k3tog)

Techniques used: Tab start (also called garter tab cast-on), bind-off with k2tog tbl
Stitches used: K, p, yo, ssk, sssk, k2tog, k3tog, s2kp, k2tog tbl, nupp, s3k2p (5 sts decrease to 1 st), C1R (Cable 1 Right, no cable needle is necessary)
Skills: Reading charts or written instructions, blocking lace

Why this name?

The graffiti on the wall says:

Where do we come from?
Who are we?
Where are we going?

When searching for a location to take photos of the shawl in Vilnius, Lithuania, I saw the graffiti and a funny quote came to my mind: “If we do not change our direction soon, we will reach where we are going”. These words are from some book about the environmental, economic and social crisis we are facing. It says that unless there is a radical change to the direction of current development, we will ruin our societies and the Earth. So I thought: How great it would be if knitters started thinking of such a change! We have time for thoughts while our hands are working. I suggest you look through one or both of these colorful books. They will fill your head with ideas for sure:

Why Does Biodiversity Loss Matter?
Answers for ministers and children

Why Is Today’s Economy a Problem Tomorrow?
Further answers for ministers and children