Sunday, July 24, 2011

On The Blocking Mats: Rustic Autumn Shawl


So this shawl design came about because I had 2 skeins of lovely Noro peeping out at me through my yarn stash.  Instantly upon picking it up, I KNEW it had to become a rustic shawl.  So for this shawl I created a modified bat wing shawl.The bulk of the shawl is knit in garter st.  The bottom 1/3rd of the shawl is done in a garter and stockinette st diagonal rib to add some SUBTLE interest without overpowering the yarn.  With a yarn like Noro, it needs to be the star of the show.  It has so much going on with the thin & thick bits of yarn, the random string, the fulling of parts of the yarn: it's a one-yarn show!  So I wanted to change up the visual interest just a wee bit with the diagonal rib.  It's VERY difficult to see in this pic - but this is stretched and wet.  Thankfully because I chose a rib pattern for the bottom, once dry, it should bounce back a little so that the subtle lines of the rib come back through.

Also to add a wee little visual interest - again, without competing with the Noro, I used a double crochet bind off in place of the typical bind off.  This shawl could absolutely be bound off the usual way without compromising the look of it..

I used approx. 500 yds of Noro Silk Garden Sock (sport wt)  in US 9 Circs.  I am a very tight knitter, so most will want to use a US 7 or US 8 to complete this shawl.

I do have a few test knitters chompin' at the bit to give this pattern a whirl.  It's super simple: knit, purl, yo, k2tog, k3tog, ssk, sl1-k2tog-psso.  And can easily be customized.  One could repeat the diagonal rib repeats as many times as one likes.  Also, knitting the pattern in a solid color and using a smaller needle size for the diagonal rib would produce a more crisp rib for a neater look.  I wanted to go with a truly rustic feel for this shawl, so I prefer the way I knit it- but it can easily be customized with yarn and selection.

Rustic Autumn Shawl is going to test knitters and will be available FREE on Ravelry shortly.


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  1. I can hardly wait to try this pattern! This yarn looks really pretty too :)

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