I recently made this super soft, knit shawl for my daughter. Looking at the finished project, you might never guess how the project evolved.
I saw this beautiful shawlette on Brittany’s B.hooked Crochet blog. I loved the way the shawl looked and the way it draped. The pattern uses a yarn called Shawl in a Ball.
I have been trying to learn to crochet after knitting for decades. I have known how to crochet a chain since I was a child. But crocheting the second row always proved difficult. I could never see where you were supposed to insert your hook. When you knit, all the stitches stay on your needle and you deal with each as you go back across the piece. But with crochet, you have to find each stitch again. I would alway miss some stitches making each successive row shorter and shorter. In this way everything I tried to crochet ended up with a rainbow shape. Recently, I have been getting the hang of it but still find it easier with some yarns than with others.
I looked for the “Shawl in a Ball” yarn at Michael’s since they carry it on their website but could not find it in the store. I was excited to get started over Thanksgiving so I chose a different yarn, called Unforgettable, of the same weight and bought 2 skeins to get the correct yardage. If the project worked out I would look for the pretty rainbow yarn later for a second shawlette.
I really like the silver/gray variations. But I found it impossible to crochet. The yarn is so fluffy that the stitches ran together visually and I couldn’t figure our where to insert the hook.
It was interesting to read that Brittany didn’t always follow the instructions, but rather drew inspiration and created her own techniques. I decided to do the same. I knew that the double crochet (DC) stitch that she used would produce an open airy pattern and that by increasing one stitch each row, along the same edge each time, a triangle shape would result. So I decided to see if I could reproduce those same characteristics in a knit pattern.
To make the pattern open and airy I chose large, size 15, needles. To make the shawlette flat without the edges curling, I chose a garter stitch, all rows knit, and increased one stitch at the beginning of every other row. This placed all the increases along the same edge. I used the Make One (M1) stitch for the increases.
The original crochet pattern increase to 91 stitches, so 91 rows. The size of the crocheted version is 31 inches wide and 50 inches long.
Here I must admit that I am a rather lazy, yet confident, crafter. I KNOW it is important to pay attention to gauge but I always think that my projects will turn out alright without testing it. True to form, I started knitting just to see what would happen. After a time, I laid the work out flat and checked the gauge. In a 4” x 4” section there were 16 rows wide and 11 stitches long. I did some quick calculations.
*If 16 rows = 4 inches, then 200 rows would equal 50 inches (the desired width).
*Starting with 3 stitches and increasing every other row for 200 rows yields 103 stitches in the last row
*11 stitches are 4 inches long so 100 stitches would be 38 inches long.
Ultimately, I decided on 184 rows. I kept trying it on and decided then it was big enough.
An interesting outcome of increasing the stitches in each row as the project goes along is that the color variation bands become more and more narrow. What a pretty effect!
So here is the pattern for my version of this cute shawl:
Using size 15 needles and a medium weight yarn, cast on 3 stitches.
Row 1: K1, M1, K across
Row 2: K across
Repeat rows 1 and 2 92 times until there are 95 stitches.
Bind off and weave the ends.
Edge Where Increase Occur
Edge That is Bound Off
Here are pictures of each of the three edges.
Shawl-In-A-Ball has enough yarn in one package to make an entire shawl while the yarn I used, Unforgettable, came in smaller packages and I had to use two. That meant that I would have to join two pieces. When you are working with a yarn that has a color variation, variegated or ombre, you should pay attention to the pattern when joining. You wouldn’t want to join the end of a dark region with the beginning of another dark region or you would have twice as much dark yarn in that part of your project as elsewhere.
As I approach the end of one ball I lay it out next to a section of the next ball and try to find a place to join them that will make the pattern continuous. The cat is always nearby to help. 🙂
This time it worked out that I could just join the end of one to the start of the other. It doesn’t usually happen that way. I usually have to cut some off.
This yarn, the color is called Bistro, has some variation that surprised me. Occasionally there was a little extra chunk of black fiber spun in with some lighter fiber. It made some dark spots in the pattern that from a distance look like errors. Hmmm. I make enough mistakes without the yarn making it look like I made even more.
Brittany’s original shawlette pattern used the entire package of Shawl-In-A-Ball which has 150 g and 473 meters of yarn (518 yards).
When I was finished I decided to see how much yarn I had used. Each package of Unforgettable is 100 g and 246 meters (270 yards). I weighed the shawl using my kitchen scale and found it to be 124 grams. That means I used 305 meters. My shawl is lighter weight than the original pattern. It is also very stretchy.
So I took a bunch of pictures for this post and then called my daughter to come get her shawl. It can be worn in a variety of ways, as shown.
It occurs to me that now that I know the pattern, it would be easier to knit in reverse. Start with 95 stitches and decrease one stitch every other row. If I make another, I will try it that way and add a picture to this post.
I hope you enjoyed the story and that you like the pattern. The shawl is SO soft and stretchy. It is very comfortable.
As always, your polite and helpful comments are welcome.
UPDATE: See “Shawl Revisions” posted on December 8, 2016 for a revised pattern.