I made this shawl specifically with the summer solstice in mind, and wore it to the Midsummer Gathering I attended. It is made from Baby Bamboo double knit wool; the quantity will vary depending on the size of shawl you make. Working the pattern on larger needles gives an open, almost lace effect. However, on reflection, if you wish to make the shawl in a steel grey colour, you may find that the finished product looks a little too similar to chain mail! I chose an easy cluster of three treble crochet stitches for the border, to finish the shawl off.
(Again I apologise in advance to the knitting and crochet aficionados for my lack of proper pattern terminology / form ;-)).
Using a 6mm (US 10 / UK 4) circular needle, cast on 6 stitches. [If you struggle with a circular needle, you can start the shawl off on 6mm straight needles and then swap to a circular needle when the knitting becomes too cumbersome.]
Row 1: knit to end
Row 2: Inc 1, knit to last stitch, inc 1
Row 3: knit to end
Rows 2 and 3 form the pattern. Repeat until shawl is desired size.
Cast off loosely.
- Using a 4mm crochet hook, and starting at the top right hand corner of the shawl, work three treble stitches into the corner stitch. Then work three chain stitches, followed by another cluster of three trebles into the corner stitch.
- Work another three chain stitches, followed by the cluster of the trebles, this time placing the trebles three stitches to the left of the corner.
- Repeat point 2 (which forms the bulk of the pattern) until you have worked along one edge. When you reach the corner, repeat pattern that you worked in the first corner, at the beginning of the edge.
- Turn the shawl. Repeat the pattern working along the edges and turning the corners until you reach your first stitches, where you join your three chain stitches to the trebles with a slip stitch.
- Repeat the above pattern for as many rows as you wish (I worked 6 rows for my own shawl).
Darn in all the loose ends.
inc – increase by working into the front and back of the one stitch