Hibiscus Shawl

As light and delicate as the petals of a hibiscus flower, this shawl is the answer to your summer knitting woes. This shawl is worked in blocks, making it a portable design while it’s in progress. Once finished, it is lightweight enough to wear even on the warmest days.  

Skill Level: Advanced

Size: 62″ / [157 cm] Wingspan x 31″ / [79 cm] Length at longest point

Gauge: Each block is 8″ [20 cm] square after wet blocking

Materials

Lace weight yarnYarn: Knit Picks Shadow (100% Merino Wool; 440 yards [402 meters]/50 grams): 27028 Blossom Heather

Needles: US size 3 (3.25 mm) two 16” circular needles or 5 DPNs

Notions: Markers, tapestry needle (optional), crochet hook US size B (2.25 mm) (optional)

Pattern Notes

Each motif of this shawl is bound off with a rnd of crocheted chains. If you prefer not to use crochet, BO loosely then sew them together with tapestry needle. Keep in mind that if you choose to sew them, it will affect the width and length and your shawl will be smaller.

When working with the crochet hook, an option for k4tog, ch 7 is to (k4tog, knit 7 times in the same stitch) repeat around. An option for k4tog, ch 3 is to (k4tog, knit 3 times in the same needle, drop st from needle pass needle through the corresponding space on the previous motif, slip stitch back on needle and knit the same stitch 3 times) repeat around.

Pattern

Motif 1 (make 10)

CO 16 sts. Distribute 8 sts on two circulars or 4 sts on each DPN. Join to work in the rnd, making sure not to twist.

Rnd 1: Knit.

Rnd 2 and all even numbered rnds: Knit.

Rnd 3: *K1, yo, k3, yo; rep from * around. (24 sts)

Rnd 5: *K1, yo, k5, yo; rep from * around. (32 sts)

Rnd 7: *K1, yo, k1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k1, yo; rep from * around. (40 sts)

Rnd 9: *K1, yo, k1, k2tog, (k1, yo) twice, k1, ssk, k1, yo; rep from * around. (48 sts)

Rnd 11: *K1, yo, k1, k2tog, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, ssk, k1, yo; rep from * around. (56 sts)

Rnd 13: *K1, yo, k1, k2tog, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, ssk, k1, yo; rep from * around. (64 sts)

Rnd 15: *K1, yo, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k5, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, yo; rep from * around. (72 sts)

Rnd 17: *K1, yo, k2tog, (k1, yo) twice, k1, ssk, k3, k2tog, (k1, yo) twice, k1, ssk, yo; rep from * around. (80 sts)

Rnd 19: *K1, yo, k2tog, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, ssk, k1, k2tog, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, ssk, yo; rep from * around. (88 sts)

Rnd 21: *K1, yo, k2tog, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, sk2p, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, ssk, yo; rep from * around. (96 sts)

Rnd 23: *K1, yo, k2, (yo, ssk, k5, k2tog, yo, k1) twice, k1, yo; rep from * around. (104 sts)

Rnd 25: *K1, yo, k3, (yo, k1, ssk, k3, k2tog, k1, yo, k1) twice, k2, yo; rep from * around. (112 sts)

Rnd 27: *K1, yo, k4, (yo, k2, ssk, k1, k2tog, k2, yo, k1) twice, k3, yo; rep from * around. (120 sts)

Rnd 29: *K1, yo, k5, (yo, k3, sk2p, k3, yo, k1) twice, k4, yo; rep from * around. (128 sts)

Rnd 31: *K1, yo, (k1, yo, ssk, k5, k2tog, yo, k1) 3 times, yo; rep from * around. (136 sts)

Rnd 33: *K1, yo, k2, (yo, k1, ssk, k3, k2tog, k1, yo, k1) 3 times, k1, yo; rep from * around. (144 sts)

Rnd 35: *K1, yo, k3, (yo, k2, ssk, k1, k2tog, k2, yo, k1) 3 times, k2, yo; rep from * around. (152 sts)

Rnd 37: *K1, yo, k4, (yo, k3, sk2p, k3, yo, k1) 3 times, k3, yo; rep from * around. (160 sts)

Rnd 38: Knit.

With crochet hook, *k4tog, ch 7; rep from * around. Fasten off.

Motif 2 and all other motifs:

Work same as Motif 1 to end of Rnd 38.

Join motifs as you go as follows:

With crochet hook, *(k4tog, ch 3, sl st into the corresponding ch-7 sp on previous motif, ch 3) 11 times; rep from * as necessary, otherwise follow instructions for Motif 1.

Join motifs as shown in the diagram.

Half Motif (make 5)

CO 9 sts on two DPNs or one circular needle.

Row 1: Knit.

Row 2 and all even numbered rows: Purl.

Row 3: (K1, yo, k3, yo) twice, k1. (13 sts)

Row 5: (K1, yo, k5, yo) twice, k1. (17 sts)

Row 7: (K1, yo, k1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k1, yo) twice, k1. (21 sts)

Row 9: [K1, yo, k1, k2tog, (k1, yo) twice, k1, ssk, k1, yo] twice, k1. (25 sts)

Row 11: (K1, yo, k1, k2tog, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, ssk, k1, yo) twice, k1. (29 sts)

Row 13: (K1, yo, k1, k2tog, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, ssk, k1, yo) twice, k1. (33 sts)

Row 15: (K1, yo, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k5, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, yo) twice, k1. (35 sts)

Row 17: [K1, yo, k2tog, (k1, yo) twice, k1, ssk, k3, k2tog, (k1, yo) twice, k1, ssk, yo] twice, k1. (39 sts)

Row 19: (K1, yo, k2tog, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, ssk, k1, k2tog, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, ssk, yo) twice, k1. (43 sts)

Row 21: (K1, yo, k2tog, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, sk2p, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, ssk, yo) twice, k1. (47 sts)

Row 23: [K1, yo, k2, (yo, ssk, k5, k2tog, yo, k1) twice, k1, yo] twice, k1. (51 sts)

Row 25: [K1, yo, k3, (yo, k1, ssk, k3, k2tog, k1, yo, k1) twice, k2, yo] twice, k1. (55 sts)

Row 27: K1, yo, k4, (yo, k2, ssk, k1, k2tog, k2, yo, k1) twice, k3, yo] twice, k1. (59 sts)

Row 29: [K1, yo, k5, (yo, k3, sk2p, k3, yo, k1) twice, k4, yo] twice, k1. (63 sts)

Row 31: [K1, yo, (k1, yo, ssk, k5, k2tog, yo, k1) 3 times, yo] twice, k1. (67 sts)

Row 33: [K1, yo, k2, (yo, k1, ssk, k3, k2tog, k1, yo, k1) 3 times, k1, yo] twice, k1. (71 sts)

Row 35: [K1, yo, k3, (yo, k2, ssk, k1, k2tog, k2, yo, k1) 3 times, k2, yo] twice, k1. (75 sts)

Row 37: [K1, yo, k4, (yo, k3, sk2p, k3, yo, k1) 3 times, k3, yo] twice, k1. (81 sts)

With crochet hook, *k4tog, ch 3, sl st into corresponding ch-7 sp of previous motif, ch 3; rep from * otherwise (k4tog, ch 7) until all sts are bound off. Fasten off.

Finishing

Top edge finishing

Attach yarn to the left-hand corner of top edge, *ch 7, sl st in third yo; rep from * to end. Fasten off.

Weave in all ends.

Block shawl to size.

Fringe (optional)

Cut 2 pieces of 15″ length of yarn.

Fold in half and pass through the next ch-7 sp at the bottom edge.

Continue along both edges.

Trim the edge of the fringe to make them even.

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