Splendid Berries Shawl

This sideways shawl is inspired by wonderful summer berries and their tendency to cluster on the ends of their branches. The size and shape of this shawl lends itself to be worn either traditionally or draped around the neck, enhancing any outfit and making an excellent accessory for those cool summer evenings.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: 51.5” x 14.5”

Gauge: With US size 4 (3.5 mm), 14 stitches x 18 rows = 2 inches in stockinette stitch

Materials

Yarn: Grant Creek (100% superwash merino; 400 yards [366 meters]/100 grams): Just Like Berries (1 skein)
Needles: US size 4 (3.5 mm) straight or circular needles
Notions: 2 stitch markers, tapestry needle for weaving in ends

Abbreviations

KFB: Increase one stitch using Knit One Front and Back increase
Sl: Slip stitch, as if to purl, with yarn in back
SSK: Slip, Slip, Knit (Slip 2 stitches as if to knit, knit them together through the back loop)
SSP: Slip, Slip, Purl (Slip 2 stitches as if to knit, purl them together through the back loop)
yo2: Yarn over twice (for written instructions only) 

Pattern Notes

This shawl is worked sideways. It is increased over approximately the first 33% of the skein, worked even over the next approximate 33%, and then decreased the rest of the yarn’s weight.
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 4 row repeat, that repeat section will have increased 2 stitches.

Pattern

CO 18.
Set up Row 1: K4, pm, K3, pm, K11. (18 sts)
Set up Row 2: K18. (18 sts)

Increasing Section

Work the Increase Section repeating rows 1-4, until you have used approximately 1/3 of you yarn’s total weight, ending on Row 4.
Row 1: K2, yo, SSK, slm, knit until 1 stitch before marker, KFB, slm, Sl(x2), [K1, yo, SSK] twice, [K1, yo(x2)] twice, K1. (15)
Row 2: [K2, P1,] four times, K1, P2, slm, knit to marker, slm, K1, P1, K2.
Row 3: K2, yo, SSK, slm, knit until 1 stitch before marker, KFB, slm, Sl(x2), [K1, yo, SSK] twice, K7.
Row 4: K1, BO4, [K2, P1] twice, K1, P2, slm, knit to marker, slm, K1, P1, K2.

Even Section

Work the Even Section repeating rows 1-4, until you have used approximately 2/3 of your yarn’s total weight, ending on Row 4.
Row 1: K2, yo, SSK, slm, knit to marker, slm, Slx2, [K1, yo, SSK] twice, [K1, yox2]x2, K1. (15)
Row 2: [K2, P1,] four times, K1, P2, slm, knit to marker, slm, K1, P1, K2.
Row 3: K2, yo, SSK, slm, knit to marker, slm, Slx2, [K1, yo, SSK] twice, K7.
Row 4: K1, BO4, [K2, P1] twice, K1, P2, slm, knit to marker, slm, K1, P1, K2.

Decreasing Sections

Work the Decrease Section repeating rows 1-4, using the remaining approximate 1/3 of you yarn. Work Rows 1-4 decreasing. Once you have successfully decreased back to the original 18 stitches, follow finishing instructions.
Row 1: K2, yo, SSK, slm, knit until 2 stitches before marker, SSP, slm, Sl(x2), [K1, yo, SSK] twice, [K1, yo(x2)] twice, K1. (15)
Row 2: [K2, P1,] four times, K1, P2, slm, knit to marker, slm, K1, P1, K2.
Row 3: K2, yo, SSK, slm, knit until 2 stitches before marker, SSP, slm, Sl(x2), [K1, yo, SSK] twice, K7.
Row 4: K1, BO4, [K2, P1] four times, K1, P2, slm, knit to marker, slm, K1, P1, K2.

Finishing

Row 1: K18. (18)
Row 2: K18. (18)
BO, weave in ends and block. yarn ball

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