Frosted by Alla Saenko


August 2017
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 38 rows = 4 inches
in garter
US 4 - 3.5 mm
590 - 880 yards (539 - 805 m)
S (L)
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Frosted is a crescent-shaped shawl with simple stitch patterns and intuitive shaping. It is worked on the bias, starting at the tip of the shawl with a few cast-on stitches, and is finished with spaced picots along the bind-off edge at the opposite side. The shaping is done with simultaneous increases along one side and partial bind-offs at the opposite side of the knitted fabric, gradually increasing the total number of stitches as you progress. The curved, almost swirling shape, occurs naturally as a result of the different stitch patterns’ tensions.

     The shawl can be knit not only in two colours but also in two different yarn weights. In the sample, the stripes of garter stitch pattern are knit in thicker yarn and the lace mesh stitch pattern stripes made with finer weight yarn. For the outer edge of the shawl there are two options to choose from, either picots or a fringe. Another unique feature of this design are selvage stitches that are worked in a specific way to make a uniform and neat-looking edge and eliminate the need of cutting the non-working strands of yarn or carrying them along the edge.

The gauge is not critical, however the finished size and yarn usage will be different from the stated in the pattern if your gauge varies.

Finished Measurements; S (L)
depth at center back x width:
19.5 (23.5) x 57 (71) inches;
50 (60) x 145 (180) cm

Yardage required (approx.); S (L)
Total: 590 (880) yards; 540 (805) meters
MC: 400 (590) yards; 365 (540) meters
CC: 190 (290) yards; 175(265) meters

Recommended Yarn
MC - any fingering weight yarn, in a solid, tonal, or variegated colour
CC - choose any weight from light fingering to lace, preferably with cotton/linen/silk/rayon/bamboo content, and in a solid colour

Skill level:
Intermediate - work with 2 colours, k1-yo-k1 into one stitch increase, k3tog decrease, knitted cast-on