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Who Spiked the Shawl? Knitting Pattern (PDF) by Phibersmith Designs

Phibersmith Designs

Who Spiked the Shawl? Knitting Pattern (PDF) by Phibersmith Designs


Two sticks and some string might sound boring to the unadventurous - but you know all their secrets. Like how this daringly three-dimensional shawl could be created using just two straight needles. Short-rows, baby, short-rows. Flex your knitting muscles, hone your razor-sharp skills (find a use for that crazy-dyed sock skein you bought on a dare). Come on, spike it up a little.

The shawl is a slightly asymmetrical triangle knit from one long edge to the opposite tip, with decreases along the left edge only. The spikes are created with short-rows (much as you would create the heel or toe of a sock) and enclosed by knitting the back of the first row of the spike together with the corresponding stitches in the last row of the spike. There is also short-row shaping in the main colour sections so that the spiked sections flare out slightly along the right edge of the work.

Pattern includes full written instructions, as well as charts of spike construction, a quick reference sheet with checklist to track your progress, and links to video tutorials for unusual techniques.

Finished Size:

Wingspan = 74”(188 cm), Cast-on edge = 45”(114 cm), Knit-row edge = 56”(142 cm)

Tools & Materials:

  • Yarn:Fingering/Sock weight.

    Main Colour (MC): Patons Kroy Socks 4 Ply (75% washable wool, 25% nylon, 50g = 166 yds/152 m), 4 balls (approx. 545 yds/498 m used in patt.). Pictured in Gentry Grey.
    Complementary Colour (CC): Rohrspatz & Wollmeise Sockenwolle 80/20 Twin (80% superwash Merino wool, 20% nylon, 150g = 510 yds/466 m), 1 skein (approx. 398 yds/364 m used in patt.). Pictured in Paul.

  • Yardage: approx. 545 yds/498 m of MC; approx. 398 yds/364 m of CC.
  • Needles: US Size 3 (3.25 mm).
  • Gauge: 22 sts & 34 rows = 4” (10 cm) in Stockinette stitch, steam blocked.
Special Techniques:
  • Short-rows (wrap-and-turn)
  • Slip-stitch colour change (video tutorial)
  • Knitting into row below (video tutorial)

Stitches Used (beyond K & P):

  • K2tog = knit 2 sts together
  • SL1 = slip one stitch knit-wise
  • wrap next stitch
  • Knit stitch together with its wrap(s)

Full list of abbreviations included with pattern. 

See pattern on Ravelry.

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