DIY

Knitting With Profanity…I Mean, Love

Lion Brand “Shawl In a Ball” – Lotus Blossom Metallic

My loving husband once asked why I sew/knit/crochet if it makes me frustrated, angry, swear at it and threaten to light it on fire if it doesn’t cooperate. I looked at him in shock and said, “Why would I quit? I love doing it.” I’m the reason women are so confusing to men and they will never understand our thought process. I like to think of it as “keeping them on their toes.” Becoming boring and predictable does not a long lasting marriage make.

I multitasked like a boss this Christmas season by knitting a beautiful scarf for each of my daughters. My husband never made eye contact once as I let the knitting absorb the stress of the holidays and once I put the knitting down for the day, I felt surprisingly calm. Who knew?

My boss made one of these scarves and brought it to work and I fell in love with the variegated colours of the wool. I hadn’t knit for a really long time and she patiently spent her lunch hour and breaks answering my questions and helping me fix my mistakes. She equipped me with a tutorial she used and suggested circular needles.

“Thanks, Tips!”

  • Circular needles are horrible to use when new. They keep spiraling back up as you’re using them. To fix this little problem, boil water in a pot and remove from heat or, if at work, boil a mug of water in the microwave. Dip the plastic wire into the boiling water for a minute or so. Hold one needle in the air and let the other fall so it pulls the wire or hold the wire an inch before each needle so you don’t ruin the plastic that’s attached to the needles and gently pull it straight. Do not hold the needles to pull it straight. This might take more than one try but it will work.
  • This isn’t a strict pattern where you must follow gauge and exact instructions. It’s customizable for your knitting level. You should know the knit stitch and yarn over for this pattern. Drop stitches are created throughout the pattern, but these are optional. If you’re a beginner, you may choose to make the wrap entirely in the garter stitch.
  • The wrap is knit from the bottom point of the triangle upward. By increasing as you knit, your wrap will become longer and wider.
  • I added in the increases during the “drop stitch” portion of the pattern so that it would be a perfect triangle shawl, but if you want a longer, skinnier shawl/scarf, then do not add the increase stitch during the drop stitch rows only. Leaving out the increase during the drop stitch portion will also give it more of a wavy edge.
Lion Brand “Shawl In a Ball” – Healing Teal

Shawl in a Ball Triangle Shawl & Scarf

Skill Level: Beginner

Supplies:

  • US Size 8 (5.0 mm) 24” inch – 36” inch circular knitting needles
  • 1 Skein Lion Brand Shawl In A Ball (150 g/518 yards) or comparable worsted weight yarn 
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry Needle

Abbreviations/Skills needed:

  • CO – Cast on
  • k – knit
  • yo – yarn over
  • (this pattern uses drop stitches)

Finished Size:

  • Increase during the drop stitch portion: Shawl/scarf measures approximately 47” inches across at longest point and 29” inches from the center of the top to the bottom point.
  • No increase during the drop stitch portion: Shawl/scarf measures approximately 42” inches across at longest point and 32” inches from the center of the top to the bottom point.
  • Size will vary as tension varies from person to person. 

Instructions:

Garter Stitch Section:

  • CO 1 stitch (In other words, make a slip knot and slip it over your left hand needle.  You will knit this stitch in row 1)
  • Row 1 With one stitch on your needle, yo, k1 (1 stitch)
  • Row 2 yo, k across (2 stitches)
  • Row 3 yo, k across (3 stitches)
  • Row 4 yo, k across (4 stitches)
  • Repeat this pattern, creating a yo and knitting across each row for approximately 3” inches.  Once you have completed three inches of this pattern, move onto the Drop Stitch Section of the pattern.

Remember: If you prefer, you may make the entire wrap with this pattern from the Garter Stitch Section. This is a very simple method to knit a triangle wrap. You simply will not have the open look of the drop stitches, as pictured.

Drop Stitch Section:

  • If you choose to increase during this section: yo, then insert needle into 1st stitch knit wise at the beginning of every single row.
  • Row 1 Insert working needle into 1st stitch knit wise. Wrap yarn around needle two times (2 yarn overs) then pull yarn through as if to knit. Repeat this with each stitch across the row.
  • Row 2 Knit the 1st knit stitch, slide the yarn overs off the needle and continue to knit each knit stitch, sliding the yarn overs off the needle across the row.
  • Repeat rows 1 & 2 of the Drop Stitch Section four times.

Once you’ve repeated rows 1 & 2 for a total of four times in the Drop Stitch Section, you will repeat the Garter Stitch Section.

For the remainder of the pattern, continue to rotate knitting 3” inches of the garter stitch and 4 sets of the Drop Stitch Section. Repeat this pattern until you run out of yarn. Make sure you leave enough yarn to cast off the project.

Here’s a link to the tutorial I used, which also includes a helpful video tutorial.

~C. Dolly~

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