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 #4 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.
Diamonds for Lisa is a half-moon shaped wrap with a deep, romantic, diamond patterned border. A luscious and drapey shawl, Diamonds for Lisa is the perfect project for a yarn with silk component, both for lustre and for drape. It is worked at a very open gauge and uses a shaping strategy we’ve not yet seen in this series. There are 8 evenly spaced increase points, creating a semi-circular form that’s just about a perfect half-moon. And in a dark indigo color, it’s like wearing midnight. A rich border, added after shaping is complete in the manner of a bind-off, makes this a very interesting shawl to knit. I wrote this pattern for my friend, Lisa, who, like this wrap is mysterious and darkly witty, feminine without being girly. She’s an individualist who doesn’t suffer fools gladly…she takes no prisoners. Here ya go, Lisa…Cheers!
Did you know that Little Church patterns will soon be available on-line at LoveKnitting, the funky, fabulous UK knitting shop? Yup! In honor, I’ve put together a pattern discount. When you purchase Barn Swallow Socks you’ll get the matching Barn Swallow Fingerless Mitts FREE! Use the coupon code BARN99 on Ravelry to get the set. They’ll make perfect travel knitting this summer!
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! And don’t forget to tune in to LittleChurch: The Podcast. Happy Knitting!
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Diamonds for Lisa
An easy half-moon shaped shawl
- Zen Yarn Garden Serenity Silk + (75% Superwash Merino, 15% Cashmere, 10% Silk 100g/500 yds) 1 skein
NEEDLES: 4.50mm circular needle with min. 32″ cable
TOOLS/NOTIONS: Removable stitch markers, tapestry needle for weaving in ends.
GAUGE: 16 sts & 30 rows = 4″ in Stockinette st after blocking
FINISHED DIMENSIONS: 57″ wingspan, 19″ deep at deepest point
CONSTRUCTION:Half-moon shaped shawl with increases in 8 places. Lace section is knitted on as shawl is being bound off.
GARTER TAB: CO 3 sts. Work 8 rows garter st. Rotate the work clockwise 90 degrees so that the left edge is facing up. Pick up and knit each of the 4 purl bumps along the edge. Again, rotate the work 90 degrees clockwise so that the cast-on edge is facing up. Pick up and knit the original 3 sts cast on. Turn the work. You’ll now be looking at the WS. (10 sts).
SET UP ROWS:
- Row 1: (WS) K 3, kfb 4 times, k3 (14 sts)
- Row 2: (RS) Knit
- Row 3: K3, p8, k3
- Row 4: K3, (PM M1R, k1) 4 times, (k1, M1L, PM) 4 times, k3 (22 sts)
- Row 5 & 7: K3, purl to next marker, k3
- Row 6: Knit
BEGIN SHAWL INCREASES:
- Row 8: K3, (SM, M1R, k to next marker) 4 times, then (M1L, SM, k to next marker) 4 times, k3. (8 sts inc)
- Row 9 & 11: K3, purl to last 3 sts, k3
- Row 10: Knit
Repeat these four rows until there are 238 sts ( 29 sts in each smaller section and 58 sts in larger center section, plus 3 garter sts on each end). ON LAST RS ROW, k to last marker, M1L, SM, k to end. End with Row 9.
BEGIN LACE BORDER: **Just so there’s no confusion…Yes, there is a lace stitch on the WS of this Chart. Even rows are worked thus: Sl 1, p3, yo, p2tog, p to end.
Without breaking yarn, knit on 18 new sts, then:
- Border Row 1 (RS): K 17, Sl last border st, knit first st of shawl body and pass slipped st over. TURN.
- Border Row 2 (WS): Sl 1, k 17
Work rows 1 & 2 a total of 3 times until you reach the first marker on shawl body, then:
Continue to join the border to the shawl in the established manner (Sl last border st, knit first st of shawl body and pass slipped st over) while working Rows 1 – 22 of Chart. Repeat the chart until you reach the last marker, then work Border Rows 1 & 2 a total of 3 times until all shawl body sts have been consumed. Bind off all remaining sts.
Weave in ends. Wet block aggressively to dimensions.
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