Urban Survival by Josh Ryks-Robinsky

Urban Survival

September 2018
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
6 stitches = 1 inch
in Garter Stitch
US 5 - 3.75 mm
900 - 920 yards (823 - 841 m)
One Size
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Will you survive knitting this shawl? With this shawl, prepare to change everything you thought you knew about shawl knitting and have a blast playing with construction, short rows, and texture patterns all leading to the final moment that will either make or break your shawl and shawl survival skills!

Urban Survival is a shawl for the knitter looking for a challenge and ready to brave their knitting skills! This shawl is a lovely triangular shawl that turns into an amazing asymmetrical fashion piece!

Size: 75 in/190 cm along the top edge; 26 in/66 cm along the center of the shawl. Shawl size may vary, depending on individual knitter’s gauge, yarns used, and blocking preferences. (Note: Measurements do not include fringe!)

Recommended yarn: 3 colors of fingering weight yarn in solid, tonal, or lightly variegated colors.

Sample used: Schmutzerella Yarns Dude (80% Merino/20% Nylon; 400 yd/ 366 m) in the color ways: “You Can’t Take the Sky From Me” (A), “Quench” (B), and “Life is Short and You are Hot” (C).


  • Color A: 380 yd/350 m
  • Color B: 240 yd/220 m
  • Color C: 300 yd/275 m

Needles: Two sets of 32” US size 5/3.75 mm circular needles

Gauge: 6 sts to the inch in garter stitch on US size 5/3.75 mm needles

Notions: Stitch markers, stitch holder/waste yarn, tapestry needle, scissors.

Techniques Used in this Pattern: SLPYO (German) Short Rows, slipped stitches, increases/decreases, three needle bind off, striping, Modular Knitting, Fringe, and basic knit and purl stitches.