Stratocaster Shawl by Anne Podlesak

Stratocaster Shawl

August 2013
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette
US 5 - 3.75 mm
650 - 800 yards (594 - 732 m)
One size (20-3/4" deep x 53" wide after blocking).
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This half-circular/half-hexagon shawl is knit beginning at the neckline with a garter tab, and worked down to the lower hem. The shawl is shaped with pie-shaped increases, and features garter stitch stripes alternating with stockinette bands.

I designed this shawl to take advantage of the subtle color shifts in my shop’s Transitional sock-yarn packs. (These feature four 100-yard skeins that move through four colors). However, the shawl can be knit using any two colors of sock yarn - one for the main color and one for the stripes. My tester knit hers from a gorgeous combination of a pale silver gray and a darker brownish-purple color. It would also be a great way to use up one crazy and bright handpaint colorway and a more subdued solid/semisolid. Or throw caution to the wind and use up that bin of sock yarn scraps you’ve been collecting, with a single solid skein to tie everything together visually.

You’ll need approximately 375 yards of each of a main color and a contrast color to knit the shawl as written.

The Stratocaster (Tm) guitar was designed in 1954 by Leo Fender. It is one of the most copied guitar shapes and styles, and is still in production today. The guitar features a curved body and the original was designed with a 2-color sunburst finish.