First Frost Shawl Knitting Pattern

Snuggle up in this lovely shawl on the front porch when the mornings start to get crisp with frost. The subtle hints of geometric shapes are softened by the delicate picot edging, creating a well-balanced piece.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: 72” across top x 29” down center back, through point of border

Gauge: 18 sts and 26 rows = 4” [10 cm] in Center Chart after wet blocking; 16 sts and 26 rows = 4” [10 cm] in Side Chart after wet blocking.

Materials

Yarn: Plymouth Yarn Homestead (100% Wool; 191 yards [175 meters]/100 grams): 23 Dusty Blue, 8 skeins

Needles: US size 8 (6.0 mm): 40” circular

Notions: Tapestry needle; cable needle; stitch markers (4 + 2 different from the others); additional stitch markers for repeats (optional); waste yarn for Provisional Cast-on.

Abbreviations

Pm: place marker

Pm2: place one of the two unique markers

M1: make 1 stitch

Psso: pass slipped stitch over

SK2P: sl1, k2tog, psso

Wyif: With yarn in front

Special Stitches

1/1 RC: Sl 1 st to cn and hold to back, k1, k1 from cn.

1/1 LC: Sl 1 st to cn and hold to front, k1, k1 from cn.

1/1 RPC: Sl 1 st to cn and hold to back, k1, p1 from cn.

1/1 LPC: Sl 1 st to cn and hold to back, p1, k1 from cn.

3/3 RC kpk: Sl 3 sts to cn and hold to back, k1, p1, k1, (k1, p1, k1) from cn.

3/3 LC kpk: Sl 3 sts to cn and hold to front, k1, p1, k1, (k1, p1, k1) from cn.

Side Chart 1

Note: Stitch counts given are for each side and does not include the Garter St edge or Center Sts.

Row 1 (RS): Yo, p1, yo, k1, yo, p1, yo – 7 sts.

Row 3: Yo, k1, p1, (k, yo) twice, k1, p1, k1, yo – 11 sts.

Row 5: Yo, (p1, k1) twice, p1, yo, k1, yo, (p1, k) twice, p1, yo – 15 sts.

Row 7: Yo, (k1, p) 3 times, (k, yo) twice, (k, p) 3 times, k1, yo – 19 sts.

Row 9: Yo, (p1, k1) 4 times, p1, yo, k1, yo, (p1, k) 4 times, p1, yo – 23 sts.

Row 11: Yo, (k1, p1) twice, k1, yo, k2tog, (p1, k) twice, (yo, k1) twice, (p1, k1) twice, yo, k2tog, (p1, k1) twice, yo – 27 sts.

Row 13: Yo, (p1, k) twice, k2tog, yo, p1, yo, ssk, (k1, p) twice, yo, k1, yo, (p1, k) twice, k2tog, yo, p1, yo, ssk, (k1, p) twice, yo – 31 sts.

Row 15: Yo, (k1, p) twice, k2tog, yo, p3, yo, ssk, (p1, k1) twice, (yo, k1) twice, p1, k1, p1, k2tog, yo, p3, yo, ssk, (p1, k1) twice, yo – 35 sts.

Row 17: Yo, (p1, k1) twice, k2tog, yo, p5, yo, ssk, (k1, p1) twice, yo, k1, yo, (p1, k1) twice, k2tog, yo, p5, yo, ssk, (k1, p1) twice, yo – 39 sts.

Row 19: Yo, (k1, p1) twice, k2tog, yo, p7, yo, ssk, (p1, k1) twice, (yo, k1) twice, p1, k1, p1, k2tog, yo, p7, yo, ssk, (p1, k1) twice, yo – 43 sts.

Row 21: Yo, (p1, k1) twice, p1, yo, ssk, p7, k2tog, yo, (p1, k1) twice, p1, yo, k1, yo, (p1, k1) twice, p1, yo, ssk, p7, k2tog, yo, (p1, k1) twice, p1, yo – 47 sts

Row 23: Yo, (k1, p1) 3 times, k1, yo, ssk, p5, k2tog, yo, (k1, p1) 3 times, (k1, yo) twice, (k1, p1) 3 times, k1, yo, ssk, p5, k2tog, yo, (k1, p1) 3 times, k1, yo – 51 sts.

Row 25: Yo, (p1, k1) 4 times, p1, yo, ssk, p3, k2tog, yo, (p1, k1) 4 times, p1, yo, k1, yo, (p1, k1) 4 times, p1, yo, ssk, p3, k2tog, yo, (p1, k1) 4 times, p1, yo – 55 sts.

Row 27: Yo, (k1, p1) twice, k1, yo, k2tog, (p1, k1) twice, yo, ssk, p1, k2tog, yo, (k1, p1) twice, k1, yo, k2tog, (p1, k1) twice, (yo, k1) twice, (p1, k1) twice, yo, k2tog, (p1, k1) twice, yo, ssk, p1, k2tog, yo, (k1, p1) twice, k1, yo, k2tog, (p1, k1) twice, yo – 59 sts.

Row 29: Yo, (p1, k1) twice, k2tog, yo, p1, yo, ssk, (k1, p1) twice, yo, sk2p, yo, (p1, k1) twice, k2tog, yo, p1, yo, ssk, (k1, p1) twice, yo, k1, yo, (p1, k1) twice, k2tog, yo, p1, yo, ssk, (k1, p1) twice, yo, sk2p, yo, (p1, k1) twice, k2tog, yo, p1, yo, ssk, (k1, p1) twice, yo – 63 sts.

Row 31: Yo, [(k1, p1) twice, k2tog, yo, p3, yo, ssk, (p1, k1) twice, p1] 3 times, (k1, p1) twice, k2tog, yo, p3, yo, ssk, (p1, k1) twice, yo – 65 sts.

Row 33: Yo, [(p1, k1) twice, k2tog, yo, p5, yo, ssk, k1, p1, k1] 4 times, p1, yo – 67 sts.

Row 35: Yo, [(k1, p1) twice, k2tog, yo, p7, yo, ssk, p1] 4 times, k1, p1, k1, yo – 69 sts.

Center Chart 1

Row 1 (RS): K2, m1, k1, p1, k1, p10, k1, m1, k1, p1, k2 – 22 sts.

Row 3: K2, m1, k2, p1, k1, p10, k1, m1, k2, p1, k2 – 24 sts.

Row 5: K1, yo, 3/3 RC, p10, 3/3 RC, yo, k1 – 26 sts.

Row 7: K1, yo, k2tog, yo, 1/1 RC, 1/1 LPC, yo, ssk, p8, k2tog, yo, 1/1 RPC, 1/1 LC, yo, ssk, yo, k1 – 28 sts.

Row 9: K1, yo, k2tog, yo, 1/1 RPC, k1, p1, 1/1 LC, yo, ssk, p6, k2tog, yo, 1/1 RC, p1, k1, 1/1 LPC, yo, ssk, yo, k1 – 30 sts.

Row 11: K1, yo, k2tog, yo, 1/1 RC, (p1, k1) twice, 1/1 LPC, yo, ssk, p4, k2tog, yo, 1/1 RPC, (k1, p1) twice, 1/1 LC, yo, ssk, yo, k1 – 32 sts.

Row 13: K1, yo, k2tog, yo, 1/1 RPC, (k1, p1) 3 times, 1/1 LC, yo, ssk, p2, k2tog, yo, 1/1 RC, (p1, k1) 3 times, 1/1 LPC, yo, ssk, yo, k1 – 34 sts.

Row 15: K1, yo, k2tog, yo, 1/1 RC, (p1, k1) 4 times, 1/1 LPC, yo, ssk, k2tog, yo, 1/1 RPC, (k1, p1) 4 times, 1/1 LC, yo, ssk, yo, k1 – 36 sts.

Row 17: K1, yo, k2tog, yo, 1/1 RPC, (k1, p1) 5 times, 3/3 RC, (p1, k1) 5 times, 1/1 LPC, yo, ssk, yo, k1 – 38 sts.

Row 19: K1, p1, k1, yo, k2tog, (p1, k1) 6 times, p1, k2, (p1, k1) 6 times, p1, ssk, yo, k1, p1, k1 – 38 sts.

Row 21: K1, p1, 1/1 LC, yo, ssk, (k1, p1) 5 times, 3/3 RC, (p1, k1) 5 times, k2tog, yo, 1/1 RC, p1, k1 – 38 sts.

Row 23: K1, p1, k1, 1/1 LPC, yo, ssk, (p1, k1) 4 times, k2tog, yo, 1/1 RPC, 1/1 LC, yo, ssk, (k1, p1) 4 times, k2tog, yo, 1/1 RPC, k1, p1, k1 – 38 sts.

Row 25: (K1, p1) twice, 1/1 LC, yo, ssk, (k1, p1) 3 times, k2tog, yo, 1/1 RC, p2, 1/1 LPC, yo, ssk, (p1, k1) 3 times, k2tog, yo, 1/1 RC, (p1, k1) twice – 38 sts.

Row 27: (K1, p1) twice, k1, 1/1 LPC, yo, ssk, (p1, k1) twice, k2tog, yo, 1/1 RPC, p4, 1/1 LC, yo, ssk, (k1, p1) twice, k2tog, yo, 1/1 RPC, (k1, p1) twice, k1 – 38 sts.

Row 29: (K1, p1) 3 times, 1/1 LC, yo, ssk, k1, p1, k2tog, yo, 1/1 RC, p6, 1/1 LPC, yo, ssk, p1, k1, k2tog, yo, 1/1 RC, (p1, k1) 3 times – 38 sts.

Row 31: (K1, p1) 3 times, k1, 1/1 LPC, yo, ssk, k2tog, yo, 1/1 RPC, p8, 1/1 LC, yo, ssk, k2tog, yo, 1/1 RPC, (k1, p1) 3 times, k1 – 38 sts.

Row 33: (K1, p1) 4 times, 3/3 RC, p10, 3/3 RC, (p1, k1) 4 times – 38 sts.

Row 35: (K1, p1) 5 times, k2, p1, k1, p10, k1, p1, k2, (p1, k1) 5 times – 38 sts.

Side Chart 2

Row 1 (RS): Yo, p1, k1, *p, k1, p1, yo, ssk, p7, k2tog, yo, p1, k; work from *, p1, k1, p1, yo – 23 sts.

Row 3: Yo, k1, p1, k1, *(p1, k1) twice, yo, ssk, p5, k2tog, yo, k1, p1, k1; work from *, (p1, k1) twice, yo – 25 sts.

Row 5: Yo, (p1, k1) twice, *(p1, k1) twice, p1, yo, ssk, p3, k2tog, yo, (p1, k1) twice; work from *, (p1, k1) twice, p1, yo – 27 sts.

Row 7: Yo, (k1, p1) twice, k1, *yo, k2tog, (p1, k1) twice, yo, ssk, p1, k2tog, yo, (k1, p1) twice, k1; work from *, yo, k2tog, (p1, k1) twice, yo – 29 sts.

Row 9: Yo, (p1, k1) twice, k2tog, yo, *p, yo, ssk, (k1, p1) twice, yo, sk2p, yo, (p1, k1) twice, k2tog, yo; work from *, p1, yo, ssk, (k1, p1) twice, yo – 31 sts.

Row 11: Yo, (k1, p1) twice, k2tog, yo, p1, *p2, yo, ssk, (p1, k1) 4 times, p1, k2tog, yo, p; work from *, p2, yo, ssk, (p1, k1) twice, yo – 33 sts.

Row 13: Yo, (p1, k1) twice, k2tog, yo, p2, *p3, yo, ssk, (k1, p1) 3 times, k1, k2tog, yo, p2; work from *, p3, yo, ssk, (k1, p1) twice, yo – 35 sts.

Row 15: Yo, (k1, p1) twice, k2tog, yo, p3, *p4, yo, ssk, (p1, k1) twice, p1, k2tog, yo, p3; work from *, p4, yo, ssk, (p1, k1) twice, yo – 37 sts.

Center Chart 2

Row 1 (RS): (K1, p1) 4 times, 3/3 RC, p10, 3/3 RC, (p1, k1) 4 times – 38 sts.

Row 3: (K1, p1) 3 times, k1, k2tog, yo, 1/1 RC, 1/1 LPC, yo, ssk, p8, k2tog, yo, 1/1 RPC, 1/1 LC, yo, ssk, (k1, p1) 3 times, k1 – 38 sts.

Row 5: (K1, p1) 3 times, k2tog, yo, 1/1 RPC, k1, p1, 1/1 LC, yo, ssk, p6, k2tog, yo, 1/1 RC, p1, k1, 1/1 LPC, yo, ssk, (p1, k1) 3 times – 38 sts.

Row 7: (K1, p1) twice, k1, k2tog, yo, 1/1 RC, (p1, k1) twice, 1/1 LPC, yo, ssk, p4, k2tog, yo, 1/1 RPC, (k1, p1) twice, 1/1 LC, yo, ssk, (k1, p1) twice, k1 – 38 sts.

Row 9: (K1, p1) twice, k2tog, yo, 1/1 RPC, (k1, p1) 3 times, 1/1 LC, yo, ssk, p2, k2tog, yo, 1/1 RC, (p1, k1) 3 times, 1/1 LPC, yo, ssk, (p1, k1) twice – 38 sts.

Row 11: K1, p1, k1, k2tog, yo, 1/1 RC, (p1, k1) 4 times, 1/1 LPC, yo, ssk, k2tog, yo, 1/1 RPC, (k1, p1) 4 times, 1/1 LC, yo, ssk, k1, p1, k1 – 38 sts.

Row 13: K1, p1, k2tog, yo, 1/1 RPC, (k1, p1) 5 times, 3/3 RC, (p1, k1) 5 times, 1/1 LPC, yo, ssk, p1, k1 – 38 sts.

Row 15: K1, p1, k1, yo, k2tog, (p1, k1) 6 times, p1, k2, (p1, k1) 6 times, p1, ssk, yo, k1, p1, k1 – 38 sts.

Row 17: K1, p1, 1/1 LC, yo, ssk, (k1, p1) 5 times, 3/3 RC, (p1, k1) 5 times, k2tog, yo, 1/1 RC, p1, k1 – 38 sts.

Row 19: K1, p1, k1, 1/1 LPC, yo, ssk, (p1, k1) 4 times, k2tog, yo, 1/1 RPC, 1/1 LC, yo, ssk, (k1, p1) 4 times, k2tog, yo, 1/1 RPC, k1, p1, k1 – 38 sts.

Row 21: (K1, p1) twice, 1/1 LC, yo, ssk, (k1, p1) 3 times, k2tog, yo, 1/1 RC, p2, 1/1 LPC, yo, ssk, (p1, k1) 3 times, k2tog, yo, 1/1 RC, (p1, k1) twice – 38 sts.

Row 23: (K1, p1) twice, k1, 1/1 LPC, yo, ssk, (p1, k1) twice, k2tog, yo, 1/1 RPC, p4, 1/1 LC, yo, ssk, (k1, p1) twice, k2tog, yo, 1/1 RPC, (k1, p1) twice, k1 – 38 sts.

Row 25: (K1, p1) 3 times, 1/1 LC, yo, ssk, k1, p1, k2tog, yo, 1/1 RC, p6, 1/1 LPC, yo, ssk, p1, k1, k2tog, yo, 1/1 RC, (p1, k1) 3 times – 38 sts.

Row 27: (K1, p1) 3 times, k1, 1/1 LPC, yo, ssk, k2tog, yo, 1/1 RPC, p8, 1/1 LC, yo, ssk, k2tog, yo, 1/1 RPC, (k1, p1) 3 times, k1 – 38 sts.

Row 29: (K1, p1) 4 times, 3/3 RC, p10, 3/3 RC, (p1, k1) 4 times – 38 sts.

Row 31: (K1, p1) 5 times, k2, p1, k1, p10, k1, p1, k2, (p1, k1) 5 times – 38 sts.

Border Stitch

Row 1 (RS): Sl1, k1, p1, k2, (p1, k1) 3 times, p1, k2tog – 13 sts.

Row 3: Sl1, 3/3 RC, (p1, k1) twice, p1, k2tog – 13 sts.

Row 5: Sl1, k2tog, yo, 1/1 RPC, 1/1 LPC, yo, ssk, (k1, p1) twice, k2tog – 14 sts.

Row 7: Sl1, k2tog, yo, 1/1 RPC, p2, 1/1 LPC, yo, ssk, p1, k1, p1, k2tog – 15 sts.

Row 9: Sl1, k2tog, yo, 1/1 RPC, p4, 1/1 LPC, yo, ssk, k1, p1, k2tog – 16 sts.

Row 11: Sl1, k2tog, yo, 1/1 RPC, p6, 1/1 LPC, yo, ssk, p1, k2tog – 17 sts.

Row 13: Sl1, k1, yo, k2tog, p8, ssk, yo, k1, p1, k2tog – 17 sts.

Row 15: Sl1, k1, yo, k2tog, p8, ssk, yo, k1, p1, k2tog – 17 sts.

Row 17: Sl1, ssk, yo, k1, p8, k1, yo, k2tog, p1, k2tog – 17 sts.

Row 19: Sl1, ssk, yo, ssk, p6, k2tog, yo, 1/1 RC, p1, k2tog – 16 sts.

Row 21: Sl1, ssk, yo, ssk, p4, k2tog, yo, 1/1 RPC, k1, p1, k2tog – 15 sts.

Row 23: Sl1, ssk, yo, ssk, p2, k2tog, yo, 1/1 RC, p1, k1, p1, k2tog – 14 sts.

Row 25: Sl1, ssk, yo, ssk, k2tog, yo, 1/1 RPC, (k1, p1) twice, k2tog – 13 sts.

Row 27: Sl1, 3/3 RC, (p1, k1) twice, p1, k2tog – 13 sts.

Rep Rows 1-28 for patt.

Pattern Notes

This pattern is worked from the top down. Stitches are picked up from a Garter Tab Cast On. For the first part of the shawl you will increase 10 sts every RS row, then 8 sts increased every RS row 6 times. For the main body of the shawl you will be increasing 4 sts every RS row. Finish the shawl with a knitted-on edging across the live sts of the shawl. Remove the 2 stitch markers at the shoulders on Row 29 of Side Chart 1; they are the 2 stitch markers that are different from the others.

The first and last three stitches aren’t included in the charts or written directions. They will be worked in Garter Stitch (knit every row). Every RS row after the Set-up Row will be worked in the following order:

(RS): K3, work Side Chart, work Center Chart, work Side Chart, k3.

(WS): K3, p to last 3 sts, k3. WS Rows are not included in chart or written directions.

The large 6-st cables in the Center Chart and the Border are unusual. Don’t forget to purl the Center stitch in each set of 3-sts being crossed.

Pattern

Using the Provisional Cast-On Method, CO 4 sts.
Row 1: K4.
Rows 2: Sl1 wyif, k3.

Rep Rows 1-2, 23 more times, then work Row 1 once more. Without turning work, pick up and k1 st from each sl st, then 4 sts from Provisional Cast-on – 32 sts.

Set-up Row (WS): K3, pm, p2, pm2, p1, pm, p20, pm, p2, pm2, p1, pm, k3 – 32 sts.

 

Begin working from Chart or written directions.

Note: Pattern is worked in this order: Side Chart, Center Chart, Side Chart.

Row 1 (RS): K3, work Side Stitch Chart 1 patt, work Center Stitch patt, work Side Stitch Chart 2 patt, k3.

Row 2 and all WS rows: K3, p to last 3 sts, k3

Work Side Chart 1 and Center Chart 1 for 36 rows, then work Side Chart 2 and Center 2. Side Chart 2 will be repeated twice for every one repeat of Center Chart 2.

Work Rows 1-32, 3 times, then rep Rows 1-16 once more – 406 sts.

Border

Note: The last st in each RS row is decreased with 1 st from the live Shawl sts. You will repeat the border chart until all the Shawl sts are used. Then BO 13 sts of Border Chart patt.

After 5 or 6 repeats of Border Chart patt, check that you have the right number of Shawl sts remaining. You can work k3tog instead of the k2tog, if you will have extra sts.

Using the Cable Cast-On Method, CO 13 sts.

Row 1 and all RS rows: Work Border Chart patt.

Row 2 and all WS rows: Sl1 wyif, p to end of row.
Cont in est patt until there are no sts left from the Body of the Shawl – 28 repeats of Border Chart patt plus Rows 1-27 once more.

BO 13 Border sts.
Finishing

Weave in ends. Wet block, shaping points of border.

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