Garter Snake Shawl by Laura Jones

Garter Snake Shawl

September 2019
Light Fingering ?
19 stitches and 38 rows = 4 inches
in Garter stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
450 - 1350 yards (411 - 1234 m)
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This is a simple asymmetrical elongated triangle knit shawl with a shifting central “spine” that is actually an 8-stitch cable with eyelets. It is completely reversible. It can be knit with any weight yarn - simply change your needle size to match whatever yarn you have, leaning toward a looser gauge for nice drape. The pattern is written for a light-ish fingering somewhere in the 450yd/100g range and while one hank will make a sweet shawlette/triangular scarf, 2-3 hanks will make a lovely shoulder shawl, with the larger size approaching a shlanket! Whatever weight you choose, you can adapt the pattern to fit as the two sections (increasing, then moving the spine) are based on gram/oz weight of yarn.

If you choose to knit the larger size, I recommend using a less-dense/lighter yarn with nice drape as the garter gives the shawl a lot of body.

NOTE: I take no credit for patterning this overall style of shawl with a shifting central spine - I understand that Martina Behm was the first one to publish a pattern in this style - thank you, Martina! I haven’t found one modified like this with a central reversible cable.

Details include a central 8-stitch cable “spine” with eyelets on either side and an Icelandic cast-off.

Skill Level: Adventurous beginner

Needles: 4 mm / US6 32” or 40” fixed circulars (or straight needles if you prefer), for knitting back and forth

Yarn: Approximately 465-1400yds fingering weight yarn. Light yellow/lime sample shown is Crooked Kitchen Yarn Bluebel 75/25 Fingering in the “Freshly Squeezed” colourway (light fingering at 463yds / 100g), 3 x 100g used.

Needle Suggestions: Lace/Fingering = 4mm/US6, Sport = 5mm/US8, DK = 5.5mm/US9

Gauge: Does not matter :)

Dimensions: This is a loosely knit garter shawl so you can block very aggressively or not at all. The sample was gently blocked. It measures approx 11’ (3.35m) yep, you read that right! at wingspan and it’s about 27” (69cm) deep.

Notions & Other: Removable stitch marker(s), cable needle, darning/tapestry needle