Summer in Calgary is magical, moody, brilliant, intense, and fun! What better way to celebrate the upcoming summer season in Calgary than with a revisit of our unique shawl pattern in gorgeous indie colours?
This shawl is a fun and relaxing knit - it has a simple, memorable pattern and the colour changes are in just the right places to keep your interest. It makes a great palette-cleanser!
This shawl is also a slice of summer because it is the perfect size to keep you warm when it cools down in the evening and is small enough to squish into your tote for when you need it - save the shlankets for camping!
K - Knit | CO - Cast On | BO - Bind Off | st(s) - Stitches
MC - Main Colour | CC - Contrast Colour
K2Tog - Knit 2 stitches together (decrease)
KFB - Knit into the front AND the back of the stitch (increase)
Sl St - Crochet Slip Stitch |
SC - Single Crochet | DC - Double Crochet
Size & Gauge:
Wingspan: 56” (142 cm) Depth at widest point: 12.5” (32 cm)
Gauge: 34 rows by 18 sts = 4” x 4” (10 cm x 10 cm) in garter stitch, lightly blocked.
Materials: a full kit for this design is available at STASHLounge.com!
We used Ancient Arts DK in ‘Coral Reef’ and ‘Maple’ for the sample. Having trouble choosin’ colours? Or wanna make one just like ours? We have kits, yo!
Needles and Notions:
- 4mm 32" (or longer) circular needles
- 4mm crochet hook (optional for scalloped edge)
- Clippable stitch marker (1)
- Darning needle for weaving in ends
Using a clippable stitch maker: While it is optional, the clippable stitch marker is your BFF while you are getting into the rhythm of your project. It will help you to quickly determine which side of your shawl is the front. Accidentally mixing up your right and wrong sides is just. the. Worst.
Knitting stripes in garter stitch: When you are alternating colours every second row, the most important thing to remember is to carry the bottom colour that you are about to use up and behind the colour that you are dropping. Even if you do it differently than suggested, the trick to a lovely edge is to do it the same way every time. Consistency is key!
Never start a row that you can’t finish. We recommend not starting a row unless you have time to finish both step 1 and step 2. We also recommend not casting off until you have time to cast off the whole thing!
Let’s start our shawl!
Step 1: CO 5 sts using the long tail cast on
Step 2: Work in Basic Shawl Pattern (above), repeating rows 1 & 2 two times, ending with a row 2.
Optional: clip your stitch marker onto the FRONT of your work to stay oriented. Move the stitch marker as needed throughout the project.
Continue repeating rows 1 & 2 until there are 42 stitches on your needles and you have just completed a step 2. Do not cut MC.
Step 3: Switch to CC and work rows 1 & 2. Do not cut CC.
Step 4: Pick up MC and work rows 1 & 2 of the pattern. Do not cut MC.
Step 5: Repeat steps 3 and 4 an additional 7 times. You should have 8 stripes of your contrast colour.
Step 6: Cut the CC, leaving a long tail to weave in later.
Step 7: Using the MC, work in pattern until for 70 rows (or 35 garter ridges), ending on a row 2 of the pattern repeat.
Step 8: Switch to CC and work rows 1 & 2 of the pattern. Do not cut CC.
Step 9: Pick up MC and work rows 1 & 2 of the pattern. Do not cut MC.
Step 10: Repeat steps 8 and 9 an additional 6 times. You should have 7 stripes of contrast colour, ending on a row 2 of the pattern.
Step 11: Cut the MC, leaving a long tail to weave in later.
Step 12: Using the CC, repeat rows 1 & 2 of the pattern for 32 rows (16 garter ridges), ending on a row 2 of the pattern repeat.
Step 13: BO all stitches loosely to allow for a stretch edge for blocking!
Optional Crochet Scallop Edge:
You will be starting at the teeny cast on tip of your work. Position the shawl so that the wrong side is facing you and so that you are about to crochet from right to left, on the longest edge of your shawl.
Step 1: Using the CC and your 4mm crochet hook, SC from the tip of your shawl to the point of your shawl. Ideally you should have either 118 or 121 SC when complete. Don’t fret if you don’t hit that number because this shawl is chill like summer and as long as your total number of SC is divisible by three (PLUS one extra stitch), then you are golden!
Step 2: Turn your work and Sl St into the first SC.
Step 3: *DC5 into the next st, Sl St* into the following stitch. Repeat from * to * until you get to the end of your shawl.
Weave in all your ends on the wrong side of your work.
Using your favourite wool wash, block your shawl to the finished measurements with a slight curve. (You can also steam block your shawl if this is your preferred method! Peep that beautiful curved edge!
Give yourself a high five because you’ve just finished The Summer Shawl!Share your work on Ravelry and Instagram with the hashtag #STASHLounge.