Old Shale Shawl
A very nicely textured rectangular shawl. Make it in whatever size suits you. The stitch pattern is a 4 row repeat and very easy to learn.
I really love this stitch! The resulting shawl is very huggable!
- worsted weight white or other light coloured cotton yarn - I used almost a 400g ball of Bernat Handicrafter Cotton (584 m / 526 yds)
- Pair of single pointed needles, or a circular, 5.00 mm or thereabouts (not crucial so long as you get a soft, drapey fabric)
- finished size about 15 by 60 inches (40 by 150 cm)
Old Shale (Feather and Fan) Stitch:
Repeat these 4 rows for pattern.
- Row 1: Knit across.
- Row 2: Purl across.
- Row 3: *(K2tog) 2 times, (yo k1) 4 times, (K2tog) 2 times.* Repeat from * to * across row.
- Row 4: Knit across (forms purl ridge on front).
- Cast on 59 sts, work 5 rows seed st (k1, p1 across).
- Next row, work 5 sts seed st, knit next 48 sts, k 2 tog, last 4 sts seed st. Turn.
- Next row, working 5 sts seed st at each end of needle, purl the 48 sts between them.
- Continue in st pattern (from Row 3) on middle 48 sts til desired length, ending ready to work row 3 (right side).
- Work Row 3 to within last 5 sts in seed st, m 1, cont in seed st til end of row (59 sts).
- Work 4 more rows seed st.
- I didn't add a fringe or other edging, but you could do so if you like.
- To make the centre section wider, work it on a multiple of 12 sts. Don't forget to add seed st at edges to reduce curling.
- Give your hands a break once in a while, as working with cotton yarn can be very tiring.
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