Welcome back to “Free Pattern Friday”, a fresh new free pattern every week! You’ll find today’s pattern at the very bottom of this page.
Today’s project is shawl #3 in a series of four that will be offered through Free Pattern Friday. Based on the feedback I’ve been getting, knitters love shawls! They’re pretty, useful, easy to fit, and use (relatively) small amounts of yarn. Plus, accessories in outside-the-box colors and patterns are such a welcome and refreshing hit for any wardrobe.
This is no shrinking violet! The Big Island Wrapper is a triangular wrap in thick absorbent pima cotton. Snug and deeply textured, Big Island is perfect for cool evenings at the beach or by the campfire and has a towel-like coziness when you’re fresh from the lake. Big Island is fun to knit; it uses a bias shaping strategy which means that it grows by two stitches on one side and shrinks by one stitch on the other side every right side row. In the end, you’ll have created a long, lush triangle with a deep open edging. Because of the super soft bulky weight pima cotton, you’ll find that it grows very quickly. In fact, if you start today, you might have it ready for the family picnic on Monday! The Big Island Wrapper also has a dab of brioche thrown in for excitement during the color transitions to keep things interesting as you work away in easy Andalusian Stitch.
As usual, I’ve got an extra little treat for you this week! Did you know that the popular Cockleshells Hat was originally designed as a summer topper? I dreamed it up last spring as an introductory lace pattern for a class I was teaching and wound up wearing it all summer! I found it to be light, cool and easy to wear and was a real lift saver for keeping beach blown tresses in line while on the boat or at the beach. It is extremely loose fitting and slouchy, so no hat head! Berocco Indigo is a wonderfully soft cotton made from recycled jeans that comes in a variety of neutrals and brights. If you can achieve gauge, I think this hat would be amazing in my most recent summer favorite, KnitPicks Cotlin, a blend of linen and tanguis cotton. It is technically a DK, but might just be crazy enough to work! (I have to say, I have not actually tried this, but I’ve got a color all picked out 😉 I’d love for you to try it, so the Cockleshells Summer Hat pattern is $2 off this weekend with the coupon code SUNFUN2.
I’ve started a Free Pattern Friday Ravelry group where you can post your comments, chat, feedback, modifications and suggestions. I hope to see you there!
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Big Island Wrapper
An easy triangular shawl
YARN: Knit Picks Billow (100% pima cotton, 100g/120 yds) 3 skeins, 1 each of Color A: Sagebrush, Color B: Natural and Color C: Conch
NEEDLES: 6.00mm circular needle with 32″ cable
TOOLS/NOTIONS: Removable stitch markers, tapestry needle for weaving in ends.
GAUGE: 12 sts & 18 rows = 4″ in Andalusian st after blocking
FINISHED DIMENSIONS: 64″ ‘wingspan’, 22″ deep at center
CONSTRUCTION: Triangular shawl knit on the bias with 1 st increased on one side every other row.
- Row 1 & 3: (RS) Knit
- Row 2: (WS) Purl
- Row 4: *K1, p1* across row
Picot Point Bind-Off: (From “Cast On, Bind Off: 211 Ways to begin and End Your Knitting” by Cap Sease
- Cast on three sts using the knit cast on method
- Bind off 6 sts
- Slip the remaining st back onto the left needle.
Repeat these 3 steps to the end of the row.
SHAWL: CO 4 sts, then:
- First Row, Set-Up Row: (RS) K2, yo, k1, yo, k1 (2 sts inc) – 6 sts
- Next row: Knit
- Next row: K2, yo, k1, yo, k3 (2 sts inc) – 8 sts
- Next row: K2, p to last 2 sts, k2
BEGIN SHAWL INCREASES:
- Inc Row: (RS) K2, yo, k1, yo, k to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2 (1 st inc)
- Next row (and all WS rows): Purl, keeping first 2 sts and last 2 sts in garter st (k every row)
Continue as established, working the Inc Row every RS row 4 times, or until there are 12 sts on the needles, end after a WS row. Maintaining the increases at the beginning of every RS row (K2, yo, k1, yo), the decrease at the end of the row (K2tog, k2) keeping the last 2 sts in garter st, work the Andalusian st across the center sts. Work rows 1 – 4 of Andalusian Stitch 24 times in total. (60 sts)
**To be perfectly clear: The increase and decrease protocol that has been established at the beginning and ending of the RS rows (K2, yo, k1, yo at the beginning and K2tog k2 and the ending of each RS rows) should be continued through all of the Andalusian portions, but NOT through the brioche or Netting Stitch portions.**
BRIOCHE COLOR TRANSITION #1: Place removable stitch marker after the first 4 sts and before the last 2 sts. Brioche Transition rows will be worked between these two markers.
- Row 1: (RS) With Color A, K2, yo, k1, yo, k1 * K1, Sl 1 wyib* repeat to marker, k2. DO NOT TURN THE WORK, rather, SLIDE the sts back to the beginning of the needle (Color A will be on the non-working end of the needle).
- Row 2: (RS) With Color B, P2, k4 * p1, k1 * repeat to marker, p2. TURN.
- Row 3: (WS) With Color A, P2, * p1, sl 1 wyif * repeat to marker, p3, yo, p1, yo, p2. SLIDE.
- Row 4: (WS) With Color B, K2, * p1, k1 * repeat to marker, p6, k2. TURN and move first marker to 4 sts in from edge.
Repeat Rows 1 – 4 of Brioche Color Transition twice more, then continue in Andalusian St (as established) with Color B. Work Rows 1 – 4 of Andalusian St eight times in total with Color B.
BRIOCHE COLOR TRANSITION #2: For the second color transition, you will substitute Color B for Color A and Color C for Color B. (It may be easier to refer to colors as “old color” and “new color” while transitioning.) Work Rows 1 – 4 of Brioche Color Transistion 4 times in total. You should have roughly 108 sts (or similar multiple of 3 + 3 extra sts).
NETTING STITCH EDGE: Keeping 1 st on each edge in garter st (k every row) work the Netting Stitch between them as follows: (the edge sts are NOT included in the following directions)
- Row 1: (RS) K1, * yo, sl 1 knitwise wyib, k2, pass slipped st over both knitted sts (psso2) * repeat to end
- Row 2 & 4: (WS) Purl
- Row 3: * sl 1 knitwise wyib, k2, psso2, yo * repeat to last st, k1
Repeat Rows 1 – 4 of Netting St five or six times, keeping enough yarn for Picot Point Bind-Off.
Bind off according to the Picot Point Bind-Off instructions under “Special Stitches”.
Weave in ends and wet block aggressively to dimensions.
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