Thursday Afternoon by Kate Atherley

Thursday Afternoon

February 2019
Aran (8 wpi) ?
17 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in Ribbing pattern
US 8 - 5.0 mm
US 9 - 5.5 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
400 - 600 yards (366 - 549 m)
One - at gauge given, piece is approx 14 inches/36 cm deep and 78 inches/198 cm wide
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NOTE: This pattern was previously free, but isn’t anymore.
Who says shawls have to be lacy and delicate? Ribbing makes a fantastic shawl fabric – a casual, everyday piece that works with any style. The ribbing lies on the bias, and makes the fabric curl nicely around your neck and stay in place.

A simple pattern stitch, an easy-to-understand-and-memorize repeat, and a “work until you run out of yarn” construction make this an ideal TV or travel knit.

The slightly unusual shaping results in an asymmetrical, shallow triangle. The shallowness of the triangle gives it more of a casual scarf-feel, rather than formal shawl. And the geometry works brilliantly: if you center the point on your back, the long end wraps around you, and the two ends hang at the same level.

Use the yarn you have. The black sample was worked with approx 400yds of an aran/heavy worsted-weight; the orange with 500yds of a woolen-spun sport/DK weight. Substitute at will! Since the shawl doesn’t necessarily need to be stretched for blocking, this will work well with all sorts of yarns and fibers. Pure wool or other animal fibers are excellent for warmth, but a wool blend would work equally well.

For luxurious warmth, consider something like Berroco Ultra Alpaca; for everyday wash-and-wear, Berroco’s Vintage Chunky would be wonderful. If you don’t want to break the bank, Lion Brand’s Wool-Ease would be perfect.

The sample was worked with pure wools, one in a solid colour and one in a hand-dyed because that’s what I had in my stash. This pattern would suit a gradient or speckled hand-dyed yarn very nicely.