Follow Your Arrow Shawl by Rachy Newin

Follow Your Arrow Shawl

December 2017
Sport (12 wpi) ?
19 stitches and 8 rows = 4 inches
in dc
4.0 mm (G)
820 yards (750 m)
Adjustable. 61”/155cm by 32”/81cm
low vision format available
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We’re inundated by messages that tell us how to be, the boxes we need to fit into. Give yourself permission to follow your arrow, embrace your true self, love who you love.

The Follow Your Arrow Shawl is all about finding your own way and being true to who you are, even if the path you take isn’t the one others have set out for you. The pattern is completely customizable so you can also adjust the size of each section, the number of sections, and the color combinations. Add as many or as few colors as you want, work it up in anything from a variegated to a solid, and make something that’s perfectly, uniquely you.

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Sample uses Mirasol Sulka Nina (sport weight; 60% merino/20% alpaca/20% silk; 164yds/50g), 492yds/150g of Thistle (color A), 164yds/50g of Natural White (color B), 164yds/50g of Deep Garnet (color C)
Thanks to Knitting Fever Inc for providing the yarn for the pattern sample!

Yarn, Yardage, and Colors
The sample used 492yds/450m/150g of color A, 164yds/150m/50g each of colors B and C, but the pattern can easily be adjusted to use 5 colors in equal amounts, or any number of colors in almost any yardage.

The sample is shown in a sport weight, but the pattern works well in anything from a fingering to a worsted. The pattern is all about the transitions between the colors and it’s perfect for fading, so play around with variegated, speckled, and semi-solid colors. The color blocking means the pattern is not a good match for gradient or self striping colors as it will not display them to their best advantage.

Skills Required
ch, dc, sc, Working into the ch-space, Working flat, Changing colors

The shawl is worked side-to-side to form an asymmetrical triangle. It starts at the small end and the increases are all worked on the same side of the shawl.

Modifications and Adjustments
Notes are included for adjusting the following: Adding/removing color sections; make each section larger/smaller; customizing the number of colors

Overview of the Finished Object
The Follow Your Arrow is a large asymmetrical triangle. It features five blocks of color - the first, third, and fifth are all the same color. The second and fourth are two separate contrast colors. Between each section is a narrow set of stripes with both the old and new color in it. The stripes aren’t even rows, they have a zipper aesthetic.

This pattern and any associated images, schematics, and charts are copyright Rachy Newin Designs and may not be distributed in part or in whole without express written permission. Handmade objects created from this pattern are not subject to copyright and you can do as you please with your finished object.

The regular version includes large photos on the first and last pages, so print accordingly.

Screen Reader Compatibility
The main pattern pdf is designed to be screen reader compatible. The text is all in one column and headers are formatted according to the style sheet. The pattern is written out completely and the images have descriptive alt text.