Easy Eggplant Shawl
A nice big cone of cosy cotton acrylic blend, in eggplant. It cried out to be a shawl. But I'd never made one before, so it had to be super easy...
If you know how to make a knit stitch on every row (for garter stitch), how to yarn over, how to cast on and cast off, you're all set.
- a good size cone of yarn you like, in a colour that will go with most of the clothing you own, sport, worsted, or whatever weight (if buying yarn by the ball, purchase about 600-800 metres or yards for worsted, 700-900 for sport)
- circular needle, at least 32" long, a few sizes larger than you would normally use for your chosen yarn, I used 5.5 mm
- gauge doesn't really matter, as long as the resulting fabric is soft and drapey
- finished size depends on your size :)
- Cast on 3 sts.
- Knit 1, yarn over, then knit to the end of the row, turn.
- Repeat this row til the width of the row is slightly more your armspan (for me, this was 220 sts).
- Cast off all those stitches...
- Work in those loose ends, and tada! You're done!
- As you can see, this is a very basic, casual shawl. I wear mine with jeans and cords, you don't have to be all dressed up to wear a shawl.
- Stocking stitch will give a less desirable result, since it has a tendency to curl, and the triangle shape would not turn out in the same proportions as it does in garter stitch.
- A variegated yarn would look wonderful, as would a couple of thinner yarns in colours that are close in colour, used together.
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