Rays of Sunset Shawl

This gradient-shaded sideways shawl is inspired by cool Arizona winter sunsets with their deep pinks and purples. This shawl lends itself to be worn either traditionally or draped in a number of ways around the neck, enhancing just about any outfit.

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Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: 66” x 18” (relaxed)

Gauge: With US size 4, 14 stitches x 18 rows = 2 inches in stockinette, as knit, unstretched, unblocked
Gauge is not necessarily crucial, 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 yarn yardage

Materials

Yarn:

Super Fine Weight Yarn Desert Vista Dyeworks Vista (100% merino; 490 yards [448 meters]): Arizona Sunset (1 skein)
Needles: US size 4 (3.5mm) straight or circular needles
Notions: 2 stitch markers, tapestry needle for weaving in ends 

Special Stitches

Kfb: Increase one stitch using Knit One Front and Back increase.
k2tog: Knit two together (knit 2 stitches together)
k3togg: Knit three together (knit 3 stitches together) 

Pattern Notes

This shawl is worked sideways. It is increased over the first 33% of the skein, worked even over the next 33%, 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 6-stitch section will always be 6 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 even 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 490 yards or more, and have swatched, then by all means, follow my number of repeats. For the increase/even/decrease sections, there were 21/15/21 repeats. 

Pattern

CO 19. 

Increasing Section

Work the Increase Section repeating rows 1-8, until you have used approximately 1/3 of you yarn’s total weight, ending on Row 8.
Row 1: K2, ssk, yo, slm, k until one stitch before marker, kfb, slm, [yo, k2tog] three times, [k1, yo] twice, k1, k2tog, (yo) twice k2tog.
Row 2: K2, p13, k until marker, p2, k2.
Row 3: K2, ssk, yo, slm, k until one stitch before marker, kfb, slm, [yo, k2tog] three times, k1, yo, k2, yo, k1, k2tog, (yo) twice k2tog, k1.
Row 4: K3, p14, k until marker, p2, k2.
Row 5: K2, ssk, yo, slm, k until one stitch before marker, kfb, slm, [yo, k2tog] three times, k1, yo, k3, yo, k1, k2tog, [(yo) twice k2tog] twice.
Row 6: K2, p1, k2, p15, k until marker, p2, k2.
Row 7: K2, ssk, yo, slm, k until one stitch before marker, kfb, slm, yo, k1, [yo, ssk] twice, [yo, k2tog] twice, k2tog, yo, k3tog, k6.
Row 8: BO6, p12, k until marker, p2, k2.

Even Section

Work the Even Section repeating rows 1-8, until you have used approximately 2/3 of you yarn’s total weight, ending on Row 8.
Row 1: K2, ssk, yo, slm, k until marker, slm, [yo, k2tog] three times, [k1, yo] twice, k1, k2tog, (yo) twice k2tog.
Row 2: K2, p13, k until marker, p2, k2.
Row 3: K2, ssk, yo, slm, k until marker, slm, [yo, k2tog] three times, k1, yo, k2, yo, k1, k2tog, (yo) twice k2tog, k1.
Row 4: K3, p14, k until marker, p2, k2.
Row 5: K2, ssk, yo, slm, k until marker, slm, [yo, k2tog] three times, k1, yo, k3, yo, k1, k2tog, [(yo) twice k2tog] twice.
Row 6: K2, p1, k2, p15, k until marker, p2, k2.
Row 7: K2, ssk, yo, slm, k until marker, slm, yo, k1, [yo, ssk] twice, [yo, k2tog] twice, k2tog, yo, k3tog, k6.
Row 8: BO6, p12, k until marker, p2, k2. 

Decreasing Section

Work the Decrease Section repeating rows 1-8, using the remaining approximate 1/3 of your yarn. Work Rows 1-8 decreasing. Once you have successfully decreased back to the original 19 stitches, follow “Finishing Instructions” below.
Row 1: K2, ssk, yo, slm, k until two stitches before marker, k2tog, slm, [yo, k2tog] three times, [k1, yo] twice, K1, k2tog, (yo) twice k2tog.
Row 2: K2, p13, k until marker, p2, k2.
Row 3: K2, ssk, yo, slm, k until two stitches before marker, k2tog, slm, [yo, k2tog] three times, k1, yo, k2, yo, k1, k2tog, (yo) twice k2tog, k1.
Row 4: K3, p14, k until marker, p2, k2.
Row 5: K2, ssk, yo, slm, k until two stitches before marker, k2tog, slm, [yo, k2tog] three times, k1, yo, k3, yo, k1, k2tog, [(yo) twice k2tog] twice.
Row 6: K2, p1, k2, p15, k until marker, p2, k2.
Row 7: K2, ssk, yo, slm, k until two stitches before marker, k2tog, slm, yo, k1, [yo, ssk] twice, [yo, k2tog] twice, k2tog, yo, k3tog, k6.
Row 8: BO6, p12, k until marker, p2, k2. 

Finishing

BO, weave in ends and block. yarn ball

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