This shawl came out of my desire for a simple project that didn't take much thought and that would travel well. So I designed a shawl that would combine large sections of garter stitch with smaller portions of simple lace patterning. The combination of cushy garter stitch and simple lace make for relaxing knitting and a cozy finished object.
Knit in one piece from the top down, this shawl begins by casting on 12 stitches at the back of the neck and increasing eight stitches every other row to shape the shawl into a circle. But the fact that the piece is knit back and forth means that there is a slit from what would be the very center of the circle to the outer hem.
This construction lets the shawl curves easily around the shoulders and stays where you put it. It also means that this shawl could easily be turned into a circular shawl by casting on 8 stitches, eliminating the 4 border stitches (2 on each edge) and working it in the round.
21 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches in washed and blocked garter stitch
840 yards of Fingering weight