I love to knit for other people. It brings me a lot of joy to see the smile on someone’s face when they see something I’ve made for them. But every once in awhile, I find myself hesitant to give away something that I intended to knit for someone else.
This was one of those times. I seriously considered keeping this striped knit shawl that I made for my Mom for Christmas. The end result was so much better than I pictured. It was well worth the time and effort.
I’ve had a bunch of requests for the pattern and materials I used. I loosely followed a pattern but made a few of my own tweaks. If you are interested in making this shawl, here’s how it came together.
This shawl used 10 balls of Super Trouper Wool from Wool and the Gang. This wool is great because it is not only soft and warm but also machine washable. It’s a great choice for wearable knits.
To achieve the striped color scheme, you will need:
- 3 skeins in Midnight Blue (150g)
- 3 skeins in Blonde (150g)
- 2 skeins in Mustard Sally (100g)
- 2 skeins in Ivory White (100g)
I used 60-inch size US 4 (3.5mm) circular needles to knit this shawl. You can order 40-inch size US 4 needles from Wool and the Gang if you don’t mind your needles getting crowded towards the end. If you would like the 60-inch version, I recommend this option that can be ordered on Amazon.
The general pattern for this shawl is from Fiber Spider on YouTube. I haven’t found a written version of the pattern, but the video is included below. You can also watch the video on YouTube.
This tutorial is really easy to follow. It results in a nice garter stitch texture with eyelets running through the center and the edge of the shawl for added interest. The shape is also perfect for either a shawl or a triangle scarf.
To achieve the specific striping that I used for my shawl, follow the recommended color pattern below:
- Midnight Blue: 20 rows
- Blonde: 20 rows
- Ivory White: 6 rows
- Mustard Sally: 10 rows
- Ivory White: 6 rows
Repeat this stipe pattern three times. For the edge of the shawl, I decided to create a 6-row border in Ivory White. I then knit two rows each of Mustard Sally, Ivory White, Blonde and Midnight Blue before casting off in Midnight Blue.
To complete the shawl, I added a tassel at each of the three corners. The tassels were four inches long and used a combination of all four yarn colors. If you have never made tassels before and need help, I recommend this tutorial from HGTV. They can be used as decorative additions to your knitting – or your home decorating!