Lazy Day by Teri B.

Lazy Day

by Teri B.
Knitting
October 2018
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
14 stitches and 25 rows = 4 inches
in unraveled columns after blocking
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
443 - 459 yards (405 - 420 m)
150 cm (59”) wide, 70 cm (27.5”) deep after blocking
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Lazy day is an easy to knit single skein semi circular shawl that has the look of lace without having to actually knit any lace: right before working the picot border, choice stitches are dropped to later be unraveled and create the lacy look – you’ll only have to make knit and purl stitches, with a couple yarn overs every other row to get to the semi circle shape. There is no patterning on the wrong side rows, save for the very last row of the shawl.
The most challenging parts for a beginner will be the garter tab cast on and the picot bind off. But as long as you know how to do a knitted cast on, a standard knitted bind off and have a wee bit of patience (picot borders look good but they take quite some time to do), this will be perfectly doable.

Customization Notes:
The shawl shown in the picture was made using one ball 420m/459 yards (100g) of fingering weight yarn, but the Lazy Day shawl can be made in any yarn weight – as long as the yarn isn’t too fragile, since some sections of the finished piece will be VERY airy. Just pick a needle that’s 1mm larger that what you’d usually use for a sweater (if a size of needle is recommended on label of your yarn, use a needle that’s 1 mm larger than that). Don’t use a needle that’s much larger than that because then you will end up with massive holes in your shawl once you’re done unraveling, which may make the finished shawl a bit of a hazard to wear/handle.

Abbreviation/techniques used:
k: knit
p: purl
yo: yarn over
pmX: place marker X
smX: slip marker X
st(s): stitch(es)
CO: cast on.
BO: bind off.
RS: Right Side
WS: Wrong Side

kfb (only used in the last row of the shawl): knit through the front and back loop of the st (=increase 1 st). Here’s how to proceed:
Step 1: Knit the first stitch on your main needle.
Step 2: Before taking the stitch off the main needle, insert the tip of your working needle into the backside of the loop and knit it through the back loop. Then pull the stitch off the needle.
Here is a video tutorial for kfb (from New Stitch a Day’s website)

Supplies:

  • 4mm (US 6) knitting needles (or needles that are 1mm larger than the recommended size for your yarn) and a needle 1 mm larger than that (for a loose bind off).
  • 420m/459 yards (100g) of fingering weight yarn (please see the customization notes if you intend to work with another weight yarn) shown in Cheval Blanc Balade, colorway 86 Lin
  • blocking mats and pins
  • a darning needle to weave in the ends
  • 5 stitch markers: 4 marker A and 1 markers B
  • If you want to work with another weight yarn and/or customize the size of your shawl you’ll also need a way to weigh your yarn.

This pattern includes a detailed, step by step guide on how to block the shawl into its slightly odd shape, with pictures and diagrams as well as customization notes.