Simplicity is Key by Red and the Wolf Designs

Simplicity is Key

March 2018
Aran (8 wpi) ?
13 stitches and 22 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 8 - 5.0 mm
416 - 459 yards (380 - 420 m)
1.42 m/56” wide, 63 cm/25” down centre spine
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Are you looking for an easy pattern that is not boring to knit your first shawl? Or are you an experienced knitter and need a quick gift?

Then this is the shawl for you!

Triangle shawls have a very straightforward construction, which is easy to memorize. The combination of stockinette and garter stitches give Simplicity is Key a nice texture, and you can get creative with your colour choices. I opted for something more subtle this time, but
just imagine how it would look in black or dark grey, with a very bright contrast colour. Or, what about using three colours? There are many possibilities to make your shawl unique, without having to worry about a complicated pattern.

Materials :
5 mm/US 8 knitting needles, I used a 100cm/40” circular needle

Total yarn needed: Aran weight yarn, 395 m/430 yds

Main colour: 170 m/185 yds (Sample: Drops Paris in colourway 30 blue grey, 2.5 balls)
Contrast colour: 225 m/245 yds (Sample: Drops Paris in colourway 24 dark grey, 3 balls)

One stitch marker to mark the centre stitch.


13 sts and 22 rows = 10 cm/4” in stockinette
Gauge is not crucial here, but it might affect the size of your finished shawl and how much yarn you need.


1.42 m/56” wide, 63 cm/25” down centre spine


BO – bind off
CC – contrast colour
CO – cast on
k – knit
k2tog – knit 2 sts together
MC – main colour
p – purl
PM – place marker
R – row
SM – slip marker
st(s) – stitch(es)
yo – yarn over