As this little shawlette was taking shape, I couldn’t
help but notice a resemblance to a slice
of citrus due to its semi-circular shape and increases subtly
radiating from the center. With its bit of ruffle and ruching,
and especially its reference to my favorite of the California
winter crops, I knew I would be wearing this wintry fruit accessory
to each and every holiday party this year.
Designed to use one skein of laceweight
Malabrigo, this shawlette could easily be knit in other weights
of yarn and to any size you please, since it is knit from the
top center downwards.
Draped around the shoulders or scrunched
around the neck, this piece will add
just a bit of dressiness to any holiday
Smith Callis photos: Neill
Length of straight edge: 34 inches
Height at center: 14 inches Note: Measurements taken after blocking.
Recommended needle size [always use a needle
size that gives you the gauge
listed below -- every knitter's
gauge is unique]
24-inch US #6/4mm circular needle
sts/36 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch
PATTERN NOTES [Knitty's list of standard abbreviations and techniques can be found here.]
is worked from the center of the upper edge outwards, so
the size can be easily customized; see notes within pattern.
Heavier weights of yarn can also be substituted; adjust
needle size to suit yarn choice.
CO 3 sts.
K 6 rows.
At end of 6th row, do not turn work.
Rotate piece 90 degrees clockwise; pick up and k 3 sts
(1 st in each garter st ridge) along adjacent edge of
Rotate piece again, 90 degrees clockwise; pick
up and k 3 sts (1 st in each CO st) along CO edge. 9
Row 1 [WS]: K3, place marker, p3, place marker, k3.
SHAWL BODY Note: In all directions that follow, “work in pattern” means
to work in stockinette st, maintaining
first and last 3 sts in garter st as set.
In the sequence of rows below, Rows
1-7 will form a ruched
band. Increase rows will be worked on Rows
9 and 19, which
will increase the diameter of the shawl section.
First Section: Row 1 [RS]: K3, [kfb] in each st to next
marker, k3. 60 sts. Rows 2-6: Work in pattern. Row 7 [RS]: K3, [k2tog] to next marker,
k3. 33 sts. Row 8 [WS]: Work in pattern. Row 9 (Increase Row) [RS]: K3, slip marker,
m1, [k2, m1] twice, [k1, m1] 19 times, [k2, m1] twice,
slip marker, k3. 57 sts. Rows 10-18: Work in pattern. Row 19 (Increase Row) [RS]: K3, slip
marker, m1, [k3, m1] twice, [k2, m1] 18 times, [k3, m1]
three times, slip marker, k3. 81 sts. Row 20 [WS]: Work in pattern.
For each section below, work Rows
1-20 as for the first
section, EXCEPT that the Increase
Rows (Rows 9 and 19)
will be worked differently. St numbers for Rows
1 and 7 are given for each section, as well as directions for each