I’ve been working on finishing up a shawl for myself before I get started on my pattern for Paintbox Yarns.
We have a lovely back porch at our house and my husband and I are out there all the time having our morning coffee on the weekends (except in the Winter of course!) and in the Spring and Fall it sometimes gets a little chilly! So I thought, what would be better than having a shawl to wrap myself up with while enjoying my coffee! 😀
I’ve always wanted to make myself a shawl but most of the patterns I found I thought to be too difficult. Finally after a considerable amount of browsing, I found some super easy instructions, modified them a bit and came up with this!
I still have one more ball of yarn to go and I should be done.
If you would like to make one for yourself, here’s what you’ll need to know:
You will need approx. 850 yards of Aran (4) weight yarn
US size 8 circular needles (36″ min.)
Cast on 3 stitches
Row 1: Knit, Knit, Yarn over, Knit (the yarn over creates a new stitch)
Row 2: Knit, Knit, Knit, Yarn over, Knit
Knitting every row creates the Garter Stitch.
Continue with knitting every stitch, yarn over before the last stitch, knit the last stitch. Do this for all the rows.
Click here for a video on the Yarn over if you are not familiar with how it’s done.
In the video she does her yarn overs in the middle of her piece. For the shawl, the yarn overs are only done once per row just before the last stitch. Also, in the video she purls the stitches once she turns her work – you’ll be knitting all your stitches.
Here’s how your edges will look.
Well, off to get this shawl finished!
If you give it a try, please share a photo over on my Facebook page. I would LOVE to see your work!
6 thoughts on “Back Porch Shawl…”
Hello Diana, This is a wonderful pattern. Would you please tell me how many stitches I should have on my needle before I cast off? Thanks, Barb.
Hello Barb. I just knit until I came close to the end of the off white yarn and casted off. You will have about 6″ of the last colour. I had 3 balls of yarn of approx. 365 yards each and just knit every ball until the end. The pattern doesn’t have to be exact. I hope this helps!! Happy knitting!
how do you cast off? is it like casting off on a blanket, or is it a specific way?
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Hello Kelly. You cast off as you would any other project. I hope this helps. Happy knitting!
Thank you so much and by the way I love all your knitting pieces and hope to use them more in the future!