Ritual Shawl by Marceline Smith

Ritual Shawl

March 2019
DK (11 wpi) ?
5 stitches and 7 rows = 1 inch
in stockinette knit flat, unblocked
US 6 - 4.0 mm
730 - 900 yards (668 - 823 m)
Primary Sample is 56” x 32”; yarn gauge determines final size
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Shawls are a welcoming canvas for stitch exploration. The variety of shapes, textures, sizes, and styles make for an infinite set of possibilities. This shawl is called Ritual to celebrate healthy, hope-filled and heart-centered habits. There are the rhythmic, repeatable, mindless parts (stockinette body); there are openings and pathways (bordered eyelets), and there are intriguing mindful, shifting parts surrounding it all (lace edging). We navigate all of it and invite beauty.

Shawl Construction: No long final row cast off!! The lace edging is knit on as part of the shawl bind-off. Lace instructions are written and charted.

Suggested Yarn: DK Weight; 700-900 yards (640-825m)
Color 1 – 250 yds (230m)
Color 2 – 250 yards (230m)
Color 3 – 230 yds (210m)

Sample Gauge: 20 sts and 28 Rows over 4 inches (10 cm) measured in stockinette stitch, knit flat, unblocked

Sample size is 56” wide x 32” midline after blocking; yarn gauge will determine final size

Needles & Notions:

  • 24 – 47” (60-120cm) circular needle, US 6/4.0mm
  • 4 Stitch markers
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors
  • Single DPN (optional, see Pro Tip 3)

Use any yarn that creates the final result you’re looking for; your gauge will determine yardage required and final size. The pattern includes yardage information to help you avoid playing yarn chicken.

This shawl was designed to be a warm reminder of the people behind the yarn. Explore your stash! Find new dyers and fiber entrepreneurs to try! Use 1, 2, 3 or more yarns to create the finished piece that suits you best!

Thanks as always for your support of my work, and a public THANK YOU to my amazing test knitters and tech editor.