Sidewalk Chalk Shawl by Carolyn Lisle

Sidewalk Chalk Shawl

October 2020
DK (11 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 7 - 4.5 mm
4.0 mm (G)
1094 - 1203 yards (1000 - 1100 m)
One size
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The Sidewalk Chalk Shawl is inspired by simple chalk drawings that all run into each other in a limited space. Even in these times of social distancing, sidewalk art is a way for children in a neighbourhood to connect with each other and work together, hours or days apart, as they each add their own contribution to the concrete canvas.

There are no rules in sidewalk art -- let your creativity shine!

Pattern Description

Worked at a comfortable gauge in a smooshy DK weight, this multidirectional shawl keeps your attention for all the right reasons. Garter stitch pops of colour combined with a neutral stockinette background allow for endless creative possibilities. It is made seamlessly in one piece, and is a generous size for wrapping and wearing without ever having to work very long rows. Extended “wings” at the far corners of the shawl make it easy to wrap and wear.

Although this shawl is worked in sections, it requires no seaming or picking up stitches. A rectangle is worked outward first, then two differently-proportioned triangles are worked using two of the sides of the rectangle to form an overall asymmetrical triangular shape. A continuous crochet edging to finish the shawl is fully explained -- no crochet experience required! The pattern includes links to video tutorials for many techniques, so the pattern is accessible to an intermediate or even an advanced beginner knitter.

Yarn Requirements and Sizing

The finished shawl has dimensions of approximately 150 x 160 x 220 cm / 60 x 65 x 85 inches after blocking.

This shawl requires a total of 1050 m / 1150 yards of DK or heavy sport weight yarn, broken down as follows:

  • Main Colour: 675 m / 740 yards (50 m / 55 yards of this is for the edging)

  • All Contrast Colours combined: 375 m / 410 yards (a full breakdown of yarn usage by stripe is provided)