Wild Flowers Shawl by Shaina Bilow

Wild Flowers Shawl

April 2015
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette Stitch before blocking
US 5 - 3.75 mm
850 yards (777 m)
One size - 17.5" depth x 52" interior width and 92" exterior width
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Experience Level: Advanced Beginner/Intermediate

Warm and soft, the Wild Flowers Shawl is worked in a flattering “U” shape. This subtly ruffled shawl stays comfortably draped on the shoulders - no matter how much frolicking in flower fields you do. The shawl’s shape and size make it ideal for being worn in multiple ways. Drape the fronts over the shoulders for the traditional look of a rectangular shawl. You can also place the center of the shawl over one shoulder and wrap the sides around your torso for a capelet look. As you knit it, the changing flower-themed lace stitch patterns keep interest piqued… you’ll always be looking forward to the next field of flowers.

Construction Details
The shawl is worked from the inner edge toward the outer edge with a tidy slip-stitch edging. As the shawl is worked, the number of stitches for each side remains fixed while the center back expands in a semi-circle to hug the body. The increases are worked into the garter eyelet ridges so the more detailed lace sections maintain their stitch counts while you knit.

Techniques Necessary

  • Cast on and bind off
  • Knit and purl
  • Yarn overs
  • Decreases (SSK and K2tog)
  • Slip stitches
  • Knitting through the back loop

Finished measurements: top/interior width 52”; bottom/outer width 92”; depth 17.5”

Yarn: 850 yards of Fingering (CYCA #1).
Yarn used in sample is Manos del Uruguay Fino, 70% Merino Wool, 30% silk, 490 yards/100grams, 2 skeins of #413 – Rosewater.

24 stitches and 32 rows = 4” in stockinette stitch before blocking
20 stitches and 30 rows = 4” in stockinette stitch after blocking
24 stitches and 34 rows = 4” in pattern F before blocking
21 stitches and 32 rows = 4” in pattern F after blocking

Needles: US 5 (3.75 mm) circular knitting needle 40” length. Adjust needle size as necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Other materials: stitch markers and row counter

Additional Notes

  • Pattern is written in words as well as in chart form. Knit according to your preference.
  • Shawl will seem small when completed, wet blocking is absolutely necessary to achieve finished measurements.
  • One test knitter yielded a much larger shawl with a starting gauge of 5 sts = 1” in stockinette, but required an extra 100g of yarn to complete the shawl.