Knit 1, Breathe 1 Shawl/Stole/Scarf by PJ Allen
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Knit 1, Breathe 1 Shawl/Stole/Scarf

May 2010
Gauge is not important
varies - 100 grams sock yarn will yield a shawlette size
This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

Create a triangular, bottom-up Shawl; a rounded, top-down Shawl; a rectangular Stole; or a Scarf with this pattern! Lace Charts are included in the PDF file, along with the instructions. Gauge is not important, use yarn and needles you love to make the shawl/stole/scarf that flatters you most, and that you will most enjoy knitting.

This pattern was developed in the Mothers of Soldiers Group on Ravelry. In response to the fact that we all go through tough times, especially with our kids being deployed all over the world, and sometimes we forget to breathe. One of the common pieces of advice we give to each other is, “Don’t forget to breathe!,” which became, “Remember to Knit 1, Breathe 1, repeat.”

A few weeks later, someone wondered what a Breathe 1 stitch might look like, and the general consensus was that it would be open and airy. Knit-eng suggested a double decrease, flanked by YOs, in a 6-st repeat, and the pattern was born.

I wrote out the lace charts and pattern, with input from several of the ladies there. It really was a group effort, and now we are happy to share it with our fellow Ravelers! I am adding pics of FOs as they become available, and I hope that the lovely works pictured inspire you to give it a try.

So, as you go through life, with it’s ups and downs, here’s a little lace pattern that should help you to remember to “Knit 1, Breathe 1, Repeat” through the good, the bad and the ugly.

FYI - I used size 6 (4mm) needles with fingering-weight yarns for two shawlettes (100 grams, one with beads) and a kerchief (less than 25 grams), and size 17 (12.75mm) needles with 90 yards of super-bulky yarn for a rectangular scarf. I did not include any “edging” for the shawl in the pattern, but some are adding lovely edge stitch to the rounded shawl. If you are making this shawl, or a variation of it, I would love to see pictures!