Exponential by Lars Rains


January 2017
Sport (12 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 44 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
1000 yards (914 m)
One size
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This striped garter stitch shawl uses five contrasting colors of sportweight yarn to create a stylish wrap that can be worn in a variety of different ways.

Stitch counts are based upon an exponential function, where half the stitches of the previous row are worked in the subsequent row. These short rows stack up on top of each other to produce a dramatic flare at one end of the shawl.

Instructions for short row shaping using the wrap and turn method are provided in the Special Techniques section that is included in the pattern.

Many thanks to Lisa Check of Flying Goat Farm for the generous yarn support.

One size

Length: 54” 137 cm
Shorter Width: 9” 23 cm
Longer Width: 29” 73.5 cm

Flying Goat Farm Nimbus: 100% Alpaca; 200 yds 183 m per skein.
Color A: Clear Skies; 1 skein.
Color B: Lavender Fields; 1 skein.
Color C: Navajo Turquoise; 1 skein.
Color D: Old Rose; 1 skein.
Color E: Blush; 1 skein.

US #6 4.00 mm, or size needed to obtain gauge; 60” 150 cm circular needles.

Blunt tapestry needle
Blocking pins, if desired

18 sts and 44 rows = 4” 10 cm in garter stitch, after blocking.

Basic knitting skills
Knitting flat
Short rows using wrap and turn method