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A Shawl With No Name

I knit a thing! And I did it without a pattern. I just grabbed my three colors and cast on with wild abandon, and now I have something I can throw over my shoulders on a chilly fall night. It works with my all-black outfit today, but I actually knit it to be the perfect accessory for the blue jeans I wear almost daily.

This is not my first rodeo with the squishy garter stripe idea, but each time I’ve improvised a design, I’ve changed it up in some way. See the Vertical Hold Wrap (slightly asymmetrical triangle) and this unnamed scarf from last year (severely asymmetrical triangle) for proof. This one is more of a crescent. It doesn’t come to a point in the back at all.

I haven’t actually blocked this one yet, and I’m not sure I want to. I mean, it would be nice if I could get it a bit deeper to hang lower down the back, but in doing that, I could end up making the wingspan way too wide. I don’t really want it dragging on the ground, you know? 🙂

So for now, I am wearing it like this, unblocked.

Oh, and do note the new polymer pendant. I’m experimenting with some new double-shape designs like this one, to add to the shop sometime soon. Let me know what you think, or if you have any specific colors/shapes on your wish list! Now is the time to have an influence on what I may make.

Thanks to Neil for taking some of these pictures. I tried to do it myself, but it was so sunny, I couldn’t see the camera screen and I took some very very bad pictures as a result! His were much better. I may even have found my new profile picture. Hello there 👋🏻

Yarn and Pattern Details

The yarn is BFL DK from Shirtsy Cat Designs. From left to right, that’s:

And I only have this much left:

The pattern, like I said, was improvised, but here it is in a nutshell:

  • Cast on 6 stitches
  • Row 1: k1fb two times, knit to last two stitches, k2tog
  • Row 2: knit all stitches
  • Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until you run out of yarn

To get the stripey pattern, split Color A into two equal balls, and knit with Color A alone until the first ball is used up. Then, start striping the second ball of Color A with Color B until Color A is gone. Then, start striping Color B with Color C until Color B is gone. And finally, finish the shawl with Color C alone until it is gone.

If you plan to do something similar, I recommend choosing a variegated yarn you like for Color B, and then two semi-solid colors that coordinate with the variegated one for colors A and C.

I was thinking of publishing this as a pattern, but for some reason I just spilled all of my secrets here for free, so maybe I won’t be doing that now 😆

Do let me know, though, if you’d like to see this as a full-blown pattern PDF. And, hey, maybe you have an idea for what we can call this unnamed shawl? Right now it’s just “the one that I made to go with my jeans.”

And if you’d like to suggest some pendant shapes and colors for me to put in the shop, I’m all ears! Maybe some art jewelry would make a nice gift for someone you know and love. Yeah, it’s a bit early to be thinking about Holiday gift-giving, and I am nearly loathe to suggest it, but when you’re talking about handmade items, there necessarily needs to be a longer lead time, you know? So, please forgive me for mentioning those December holidays while it’s still September 😜


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