Garden State by Shaina Bilow

Garden State

Knitting
April 2021
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette Stitch, blocked
US 7 - 4.5 mm
800 - 840 yards (732 - 768 m)
One Size
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Skill level: Intermediate

Wrap yourself up in the Garden State. This striped triangular shawl with lace detailing uses two coordinating colors of fingering weight yarn. The state flower of New Jersey - the Garden State - is the Common Blue Violet, and lacy Blue Violets bloom throughout the top of the shawl. The allover lace pattern at the bottom stripe of the shawl is inspired by our pollinators: butterflies & bees. For a little extra whimsy, three optional crochet flowers adorn the bottom of this petal-soft shawl.

Construction Details:
The Garden State shawl is worked from the top center down towards the bottom edge in one piece. Two colors are striped – one in garter stitch and the other in stockinette with lace patterns incorporated. An elastic bind off is recommended for this shawl because it is blocked to a rather loose gauge to enhance its laciness. There are instructions for optional crochet flowers that can be attached to the shawl as embellishments.

Skills Required:
Triangular Shawl Cast On
Elastic Bind off
Knit/Purl
Increasing (yo)
Decreasing (k2tog, ssk, sk2po)
Slipping stitches and knitting through the back loop of a stitch
Making a Crochet Flower using chain, slip stitch, single crochet, double crochet

Sizes: One Size

Finished measurements (blocked): 62” across the top and 30” depth.

Gauge: Before blocking: 20 sts and 26 rows = 4” in stockinette stitch using size needle to obtain gauge. 20 sts and 40 rows = 4” in garter stitch using size needle to obtain gauge.
After blocking: 16 sts and 24 rows = 4” in stockinette stitch using size needle to obtain gauge. 16 sts and 38 rows = 4” in garter stitch using size needle to obtain gauge.

Needles: US 7 (4.5 mm) 24” circular needle or size needed for gauge. Adjust needle size as necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Hooks: C (3mm) or D (3.25mm) crochet hook for optional crochet flowers.

Yarn: 2 colors of fingering weight (CYCA #1) yarn.
420 yards Color 1 (C1) and 420 yards Color 2 (C2).

Sample made with Manos del Uruguay “Alegria” (75% superwash merino wool, 25% nylon; 445 yds /100 g) in Orchidea and Crema.

Other Materials: stitch markers, tapestry needle.