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Project – Shawl Gone Wild – Hand Knit January 22, 2011

Posted by myblueheavenknits in Uncategorized.

My Philosophy is to collect odd skeins in complementary colorways using the following opposite type yarns:
Ribbon – Fluffy Eyelash
Sparkly – Dull

Smooth – Shaggy

Dark – Light

Thick – Thin

Single Strand – Multi-Strand

Variegated – Solid Color

Opaque – Translucent


When you have 8 or 9 of the above, you are ready to begin your shawl using a Size 13 circular needle (29“ is OK, but 32“ is better). I use the following row progression:

Rows Yarn Number

5          #1

1          #2

3          #3

1          #4

5          #5

1          #6

3          #7

1          #8

The rows are all ODD because that builds in your fringe automatically. At the end of each color yarn, you measure a 9” tail of the yarn you just knit and cut it, then start knitting the next yarn color leaving a matching 9” tail, tying them together with an overhand knot. Voila! Instant fringe!! You can embellish the fringe at the end with any leftover yarns. In the pictures, I have finished off the Tropical Sunset shawl adding fringe as I liked. On the Pink Parfait, I haven’t finished the fringing yet, just so you can see the difference.

Now, it doesn’t mean that you only use 8 yarns – you can double strand two skinny ones to make one, or add in an extra single row to make the overall 7” repeat. You keep repeating the row progression until you have the depth and width you prefer. On the Tropical Sunset Shawl, I used an extra single row in the middle of the progression of a fabulous variegated/metallic yarn and alternated two yarns for #7 (deep purple ribbon/eyelash was one yarn and the other was a fluffy eyelash in fuschia for the next progression- see picture) – so 10 yarns in all for the 6 repeats of the row progressions.

Pattern for Shawl Gone Wild 
Cast on 3 sts
*K1, Inc +1 on next st, K rest of row**

Repeat * to ** until desired depth and width.

Cast Off all sts.

Add to Automatic Fringe as desired.

NOTE: On the last progression, you can increase +1 on the next to the last knit stitch to make it wider than the 120 sts if you have enough yarn left and want it about 150 sts wide. Also, you can do a 3 row final yarn that will feel nice against the skin on the cast off edge.



Tropical Sunset Shawl












Tropical Sunset Shawl Closeup of Progression


Pink Parfait Shawl



1. Barbara olsen - February 1, 2011

Hi, Linda –
don’t get the Costa Rica Rosemary chicken on your gorgeous shawl!! It is a pleasure to meet you!!

myblueheavenknits - February 1, 2011

It was so nice to meet all of you Expats, too! Plus fellow knitting buffs – couldn’t have asked f;or a more congenial group! Hope you read my blog when you get back to San Francisco and keep in touch!!

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