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Pretty Simple Top Down Shawls


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This shawl is as simple and basic as it gets for anyone new to shawls. It is worked top-down. The one in the picture is the shawlette version, but you can also continue knitting for a larger wrap version by just keeping on knitting! There are instructions and sizings for both. The one in the picture is done in sport weight yarn, but you can make it in any weight yarn - the instruction is still the same and you just knit it to the width and length you want! If you wish to have a plain edge instead of a picot edge, there are instructions for that too. The one in the picture is created in a sport weight pima cotton yarn for a nice light weight summer / spring shawlette to cover shoulders on a cool evening or late in the day. But you can make it in any weight or fiber like merino or alpaca, depending on the season, warmth, feel and look you desire. FOR LARGER VERSION, takes approx 600 yds sport weight yarn BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY knit purl cast on / off Basic knitting skills knit into front and back of stitch to increase 1 pull up a stitch from row below and knit into that stitch SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Shawlette: 50" wide x 20" from top to bottom Shawl wrap: 60" wide x 24" deep SUGGESTED YARN 400 yards of Sport weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Cascade Yarns, UltraPima Fine 100% pima cotton

Supplies Needed

  • US 6 / 4mm circular knitting needles
  • Blunt end yarn darning needle
  • 1 place marker

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Hand Knit Artisans
Hand Knit Artisans
A creative Brit living in Colorado, I've been knitting since 7 years old. My big hobbies are landscape and skyscape photography, acrylic and oil painting. My latest knitting designs are "Western Fiberscapes" where I take my design influence from the photographs I take and other's I admire and turn them into fiberscapes. Knitting, is very therapeutic to me, it slows me down and centers me. I started creating my own patterns in 2011, just, well because and was amazed they sold on etsy. It was just a fun little hobby that earned me some holiday and yarn money that year. But, I got hooked (no pun intended!) and really love the creative process, combining stitches for textures along with combined with the math calulation. Sometimes I find an interesting stitch technique and fabric and imagine a design in it. Sometimes it takes many weeks and trial and errors to work something out. I can't tell you how many times I start, get 1/2 way and then pull it out and start again! As of fall 2015, I'm becoming more focused on the artistic side of knitting. I've been studying mosaic knitting, which I love and playing with blending color - as with Canyonlands. "Navaho Sunsets" has a mix of mosaic and blending colors, while "Eagle Mountain" was inspired by the bald eagles soaring on the thermals above the mountain and canyon behind my house in the foothills of Colorado and Native American art and symbols.. I'm always willing to help my customers with any questions and welcome feedback to improve or add patterns that customers suggest. Happy knitting! Karen