Fishing for Compliments Shawl

Self-striping yarn makes this sideways shawl perfectly striped! Reminiscent of a flannel shirt and summer fishing trips with dad, the border stitch pattern resembles foam as it floats along the water.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: 55” wide x 16” deep (relaxed)

Size of your shawl will vary depending on your yarn yardage.

Gauge: 13 sts and 16 rows = 2”.

Gauge is not crucial, but it is more important to work the three sections (increase, even and decrease) in approximate 33% increments, requiring a yarn scale and working the shawl according to your own yarn skein’s yardage.

Materials

Yarn:

Super Fine Weight Yarn Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso (75% Merino 25% Nylon (Polyamide); 440 yards [402 meters]/100grams): Hamburg Philharmonica, 1 skein

Needles: US size 5 (3.75 mm): straight or circular needles.

Notions: 2 stitch markers; tapestry needle for weaving in ends.

Abbreviations

RS = Right side

WS = Wrong side

CO = Cast On

BO = Bind Off

pm = place marker

slm = slip marker

st(s) = Stitch(es)

k = knit

p = purl

K2tog= Knit two stitches together

SSP= Slip, Slip, Purl = Purl two stitches together through the back loop.

yo= yarn over

yo2= double yarn over

Sl1= slip 1 stitch as if to purl

KFB= Increase one stitch= knit into the front of the stitch and the back of the stitch.

BO5= Bind off 8 stitches= k1, (p1, pass previous knit stitch over the newly knit stitch) 5 times.

Pattern Notes

This shawl is worked sideways. It is increased over the first 25% of the skein, worked evenly over the next 50%, and then decreased the rest of the yarn’s weight. This construction allows the shawl to be knit using the entire skein of yarn.

The stitch counts are broken up into three sections separated by stitch markers.

The first 4-stitch section will always be 4 stitches.

The increase section will increase 1 stitch every other row, so by the end of the 8-row repeat, that section will have increased 4 stitches.

The decrease section will decrease 1 stitch every other row, so by the end of the 8-row repeat, that section will have decreased 4 stitches. (You will work the decrease section until you have 2 stitches remaining in the decreasing section that you started with prior to increasing.)

The stitch counts of the lace section increase and then decrease. Those counts can be found at the end of each row in the written instructions, and alongside the chart, on the left, in the yellow highlighted column.

Please remember, you need to repeat the sections according to your own yarn skein yardage.  If you have 462 yards or more and have swatched, then by all means, follow my number of repeats.  For the increase/even/decrease sections, I did 11/15/11 repeats.

Pattern

CO 18.

Knit 1 row.

Set-up Row: K13, pm, k1, p1, pm, k3 – 18 sts.

Increasing Section

NOTE: The first k2tog on the even rows will utilize a yarn over from the previous row’s double yarn over.

Row 1: Sl1, k2, slm, knit to 1 st before marker, KFB, slm, [k2, (yo2, k2tog) twice] twice, k1 – 17 border sts.
Row 2: K3, p1, k2, p1, k2, (k2tog, p1) twice, k2, slm, k1, purl to marker, slm, k3 – 15 border sts.
Row 3: Sl1, k2, slm, knit to 1 st before marker, KFB, slm, [k3, (yo2, k2tog) twice] twice, k1 – 19 border sts)
Row 4: K3, p1, k2, p1, k3, (k2tog, p1) twice, k3, slm, k1, purl to marker, slm, k3 – 17 border sts.
Row 5: Sl1, k2, slm, knit to 1 st before marker, KFB, slm, [k4, (yo2, k2tog) twice] twice, k1 – 21 border sts.
Row 6: K3, p1, k2, p1, k4, (k2tog, p1) twice, k4, slm, k1, purl to marker, slm, k3 – 19 border sts.
Row 7: Sl1, k2, slm, knit to 1 st before marker, KFB, slm, k5, yo2, k2tog, k12 – 20 border sts.
Row 8: K12, k2tog, p1, k5, slm, K1, purl to marker, slm, k3 – 19 border sts.
Row 9: Sl1, k2, slm, knit to 1 st before marker, KFB, slm, k17, k2tog – 18 border sts.
Row 10: BO5, k12, slm, k1, purl to marker, slm, k3.

Work the Increasing Section, repeating Rows 1-10 until you have used approximately 1/3 of your yarn’s total weight, ending on Row 10.

Even Section

NOTE: The first K2tog on the even rows will utilize a yarn over from the previous row’s double yarn over.

Row 1: Sl1, k2, slm, knit to 1 st before marker, p1, slm, [k2, (yo2, k2tog) twice] twice, k1 – 17 border sts.
Row 2: K3, p1, k2, p1, k2, (k2tog, p1) twice, k2, slm, k1, purl to marker, slm, k3 – 15 border sts.
Row 3: Sl1, k2, slm, knit to 1 st marker, p1, slm, [k3, (yo2, k2tog) twice] twice, k1 – 19 border sts.
Row 4: K3, p1, k2, p1, k3, (k2tog, p1) twice, k3, slm, k1, purl to marker, slm, k3 – 17 border sts.
Row 5: Sl1, k2, slm, knit to 1 st before marker, p1, slm, [k4, (yo2, k2tog) twice] twice, k1 – 21 border sts.
Row 6: K3, p1, k2, p1, k4, (k2tog, p1) twice, k4, slm, k1, purl to marker, slm, k3 – 19 border sts.
Row 7: Sl1, k2, slm, knit to 1 st before marker, p1, slm, k5, yo2, k2tog, k12 – 20 border sts.
Row 8: K12, k2tog, p1, k5, slm, k1, purl to marker, slm, k3 – 19 border sts.
Row 9: Sl1, k2, slm, knit to 1 st before marker, p1, slm, k17, k2tog – 18 border sts.
Row 10: BO5, k12, slm, k1, purl to marker, slm, k3 – 13 border sts.

Work the Even Section, repeating Rows 1-10 until you have used approximately 2/3 of your yarn’s total weight, ending on Row 10.

Decreasing Section

NOTE: The first k2tog on the even rows will utilize a yarn over from the previous row’s double yarn over.

Row 1: Sl1, k2, slm, knit to 2 sts before marker, ssp, slm, [k2, (yo2, K2tog) twice] twice, K1 – 17 border sts.
Row 2: K3, p1, k2, p1, k2, (k2tog, p1) twice, k2, slm, k1, purl to marker, slm, k3 – 15 border sts.
Row 3: Sl1, k2, slm, knit to 2 sts before marker, ssp, slm, [k3, (yo2, K2tog) twice] twice, k1 – 19 border sts.
Row 4: K3, p1, k2, p1, k3, (k2tog, p1) twice, k3, slm, k1, purl to marker, slm, k3 – 17 border sts.
Row 5: Sl1, k2, slm, knit to 2 sts before marker, ssp, slm, [k4, (yo2, k2tog) twice] twice, k1 – 21 border sts.
Row 6: K3, p1, k2, p1, k4, (k2tog, p1) twice, k4, slm, k1, purl to marker, slm, k3 – 19 border sts.
Row 7: Sl1, k2, slm, knit to 2 sts before marker, ssp, slm, k5, yo2, k2tog, k12 – 20 border sts.
Row 8: K12, k2tog, p1, k5, slm, k1, purl to marker, slm, k3 – 19 border sts.
Row 9: Sl1, k2, slm, knit to 2 sts before marker, ssp, slm, k17, k2tog – 18 border sts.
Row 10: BO5, k12, slm, k1, purl to marker, slm, k3 – 13 border sts.

Work the Decreasing Section, repeating Rows 1-10 using the remaining approximate 1/3 of your yarn. Work Rows 1-10 decreasing. Once you have successfully decreased back to the original 18 stitches, follow “Finishing” instructions below.

Finishing

Row 1: K3, remove marker, k1, p1, remove marker, k13.

Row 2: K18.

BO, weave in ends and block.

Chart notes

RS (Right Side) (ODD numbered rows) – CHART: The chart is read from RIGHT TO LEFT.

WS (Wrong Side) (EVEN numbered rows) – CHART: The chart is read from LEFT TO RIGHT.

The stitch markers are placed where the RED LINES are on the chart.

Chart Instructions                                  

CO 18.

Knit 1 row.

Set-up Row: K13, pm, k1, p1, pm, k3 – 18 sts.

Start working from the chart repeating Rows 1-8 increasing every other row until you have used close to 25% of your yarn.

Once you have ENDED INCREASING ON ROW 8, continue in pattern working EVEN, no longer doing the KFB increases, knit to marker, making no increase.

Work even until you have used the next approximate 50% of your yarn. Stop working even when you have used close to 75% of your total yarn weight before you started.

Once you have ENDED WORKING EVEN ON ROW 8, start decreasing.

Continue in pattern WITH THE DECREASE CHART BELOW working Rows 1-8, decreasing every other row.

Once you have successfully decreased back to the original 18 stitches, follow finishing instructions.

 

Finishing

Row 1: K3, remove marker, k1, p1, remove marker, kK13.

Row 2: K18

BO, weave in ends and block. yarn ball

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Comments
  • kathleen p.

    Want to take this pattern on vacation- there is reference to a chart- what am I missing?

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