One Skein Sweet Jane by Patricia Shaw

One Skein Sweet Jane

September 2016
DK (11 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 20 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 7 - 4.5 mm
200 - 225 yards (183 - 206 m)
one size
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Sometimes 1 skein of yarn in an irresistible color goes home with me from a yarn store--but then what to do with it? Because I can be an “I’d like to finish knitting a project this weekend” knitter, I designed this quick knit that is also a practical item to have on hand during spring or autumn or whenever your neck might feel a chill: a mini shawl that can be tied around your neck, tied around your head, or worn around the neck with a shawl pin.

Construction: This mini shawl uses a garter tab cast-on and then is worked down and out from the top center, with a spine of stitches that runs down the center. Eyelet stitches are created with yarn overs, and the eyelet sections alternate with stockinette sections.

Finished Size: One size of 32 inches (81 cm) wingspan / 17 inches (43 cm) spine length, but depending on which yarn you use, the length can be adjusted and grow wider/longer.

Yarn Requirements (samples shown use one of the following):

  • 1 skein Jill Draper Hudson yarn in “Walk in the Woods” (240 yds / 229 m), 100% super wash merino wool; light worsted weight.
  • 1 skein Madelinetosh Vintage in “Kilim” (200 yds / 182 m), 100% superwash merino wool; light worsted weight.
  • 1 skein Madelinetosh Tosh DK in “Cloud Dweller” (225 yds / 205 m), 100% superwash merino wool; DK
  • 1 skein Freia Fine Handpaints Ombre sport in “Cochinilla” (217 yds / 200 m), 100% wool; sport weight.

Needles: US size 7 / 4.5 mm (24” / 60cm long) circular needle. Exception: For the Freia yarn, I used a size 8 / 5 mm needle.

Gauge: Gauge is not crucial to this pattern, but it will affect yarn usage and how aggressively you may need to block your mini shawl, so I recommend knitting a gauge swatch: 16 sts / 20 rows = 4” (10 cm) square in stockinette.

This mini shawl has been test knitted.