Wave Diffraction by Kat Archer

Wave Diffraction

February 2017
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
24 stitches = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 4 - 3.5 mm
415 - 560 yards (379 - 512 m)
one size; approximate 17"/43 cm length and 62"/157 cm width
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This reversible shawl’s simple construction makes it perfect for beginning knitters. Bands of stockinette and reverse stockinette are ideal for showcasing gradient yarns in either of two yarn weights.

560 yards/512 meters fingering weight yarn or 415 yards/380 meters worsted weight yarn
Shown in Freia Handpaints Ombré Fingering in Lichen (grays with yellow) and Freia Handpaints Ombré Worsted in Cloud (grays)

Adjust needle size as needed to obtain gauge.
Fingering: US #4/3.5 mm 32”/80 cm circular needle
Worsted: US #8/5 mm 32”/80 cm circular needle

Stitch markers, tapestry needle

Fingering: 24 sts = 4”/10 cm in stockinette stitch after blocking
Worsted: 16 sts = 4”/10 cm in stockinette stitch after blocking

Approximate, after blocking
Length = 17”/43 cm
Width = 62”/157 cm


This triangular shawl is knit flat, starting at the nape of the neck with just 3 stitches. Yarn overs increase the stitch count, making the shawl gradually wider. A ribbed edging finishes the shawl prior to the bottom bind off edge.

To obtain one long, continuous gradient with an Ombré yarn (as shown below), alternate all skeins throughout.