Simple Things by Mary Heather Browne

Simple Things

November 2009
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
19 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 4 - 3.5 mm
46” from point to point along top of shawl, and 17” down center increases to the point
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This simple little shawlette is designed to use just one skein (360 yards) of a particularly lovely handpainted yarn. Worked from the center top down, it’s knit in easy stockinette stitch with increases along the edges and a center spine. Garter eyelet ridges along the bottom edge prevent curling and add texture while still letting the yarn draw focus.

A handy small traveling project, it’s also good for beginners who want to try a shaped shawl and eyelets without a lot of complicated patterning.

Worn draped around your shoulders as a small shawl or tied around your neck as a triangular scarf, Simple Things is versatile and easy to throw on with just about anything and add a little color, softness, warmth, and handknit goodness to your day.

please note: though getting exact gauge isn’t crucial for this project in terms of fit, it was designed to use nearly the entire 360-yard skein of yarn called for. Please have at least 350 yards to use for this project and check your gauge (blocking your swatch) especially carefully if you are close to the required yarn amount to help ensure that you won’t run out. You can also easily subtract a few rows before the garter eyelet ridge section for a smaller shawlette, or add additional garter ridges for a larger one, to help you get the very most out of your chosen yarn.

This isn’t a pet shawl pattern (and I personally would not let my own dog wear this item while unsupervised - he would have that thing ripped off and chewed up in about 2 seconds, and that can be dangerous!), but I sure do love animals and think the pictures of pets in their Simple Things shawls are completely hilarious. :) Thanks to all the other silly animal people for letting me post pictures of their cute pets wearing this shawl!

huge thanks to the speediest of speedy test knitters - flintknits Pam, girlreaction Carolyn, knittingbybicycle Andrea, and emilyooo Emily, for your quick and super-helpful notes on this pattern! :)

Thank you to everyone who purchased this pattern during the Help for Haiti fundraising period! Thanks to you, I was able to donate $1,610.25 to Doctors Without Borders. I am so grateful for your response!