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Silver Lining Shawl – Free Knitting Pattern

    Is anyone else feeling the disaster that’s been the last two years? It’s honestly been the wildest ride that we could’ve asked for and I think it’s safe to say, we’re all ready for things to get back to “normal” – whatever that may look like.

    The Silver Lining Shawl came into being when I needed a relaxing knit to help keep these anxious hands busy. Made with a DK weight yarn, it’s a fast project and results in a shawl that is cozier than the average shawl. It is perfect for throwing over your shoulders when the weather is chilly.

    It has quickly become a winter favorite of mine. It is worked from side-to-side with an eyelet edge which is later used to pick up stitches to work on a lace edge. This shawl is a great stashbuster or can be a fun project for scrap yarns.

    The Inspiration

    My husband and I lived in Hawaii briefly while I was completing my master’s program. There was one yarn shop and of course I was there weekly. That is where I discovered the King Cole yarn – a cotton, acrylic and wool blend – perfect for working with in the warmer climate, but also warm for colder environments. It showcases the best features of each fiber and is also a self-striping. I purchased a TON of this yarn. 

    For a while it lived as a handknit sweater that was too small. Then I unwound it and it sat in hand-wound balls for a while (like YEARS). Then I tried to make it into a simple sweater, but the self-striping lines got lost in the design – it was asking to be something different. And then *Lightbulb Moment*. 

    I absolutely loved making this shawl. It served as a palate cleanser between projects as it required minimal thought and my hands could just work on auto mode. It has simple shaping with rich texture on body of the shawl with a sweet little lace that is worked along the edge of the shawl.

     Purchase the Silver Lining Shawl in my Ravelry or Payhip store for a beautifully formatted PDF. 

    Silver Lining Shawl

    The Silver Lining Shawl is relaxing and quick knit that is easy to throw on for those windy days. It is worked from side-to-side with an eyelet edge. This shawl is a great stashbuster since you can easily mix and match colors and play with striping. The rich texture of the shawl helps to blend the colors together on the body of the shawl. The stitches are picked up using the eyelets along the edge to work a lace edging. 

    PATTERN INFORMATION:

    • Sideways shawl construction by increasing and decreasing stitches.
    • The body of shawl features a texture-rich stitch pattern.
    • Edging for lace is picked up using eyelets along edge of shawl.

     

    Materials

    • US 8 (5 mm) in 36” / 90cm or length preferred.  

     

    Notions

    • 1 – Stitch marker
    • Darning needle
    • Measuring Tape
    • Scissors
     

    Finished size

    21” at widest depth x 100” at longest length / 53.5cm at widest depth x 254cm at longest length

    Gauge

    16 sts x 24 rows = 4”/10cm with US 8 (5 mm) in broken seed stitch, blocked

    Gauge is not crucial however it will affect the yardage required.

    Yarn

    650 yards / 600 m

    Yarn used: King Cole Drifter Super Soft Double Knit. (DK Weight; 69% Acrylic / 25% Cotton / 6% Wool; 100g; 328 yards/ 300 meters). 2 skeins required. Color used: New Orleans.

    Skills to Explore

    Sideways Shawl construction, texture using knit & purl stitches, picking up stitches, simple lace knitting.

     Purchase the Silver Lining Shawl in my Ravelry or Payhip store for a beautifully formatted PDF. 

    Abbreviations

    [ ]:  repeated section

    BO: bind off

    CDD: central double decrease: slip 2 as if to knit, k1, pass 2 stitches over

    CO: cast on

    dec’d: decreased

    K, k: knit

    k2tog: knit 2 sts together

    inc’d: increased

    m: marker

    P,  p: purl 

    PM: place marker

    R: row

    RS: right side

    sl1: slip 1 st

    sm: slip marker

    ssk: slip 1, slip 1, knit together thru back loops

    st(s): stitch(es)

    WS: wrong side

    wyib: with yarn in back

    yo: yarn over

     

    Stitch Patterns

    Increase Section:

    R1 (RS): k1, sm, [k1, p1] until 1 st remains, k1.

    R2 (WS): sl1 wyib, k until m, yo, sm, k1. (1 st inc’d)

    R3: k1, sm, [k1, p1] until end.

    R4: sl1 wyib, k until m, yo, sm, k1. (1 st inc’d)

     

    Middle Section:

    R1 (RS): k1, sm, [k1, p1] until end or 1 st left, k1.

    R2 (WS): sl1 wyib, k until 2 sts from m, k2tog, yo, sm, k1.

    R3: k1, sm, [p1, k1] until end or 1 st left, p1.

    R4: sl1 wyib, k until 2 sts from m, k2tog, yo, sm, k1.

     

    Decrease Section:

    R1 (RS): k1, sm, ssk, [k1, p1] until 1 st remains, k1. (1 st dec’d)

    R2 (WS): sl1 wyib, k until 2 sts from m, k2tog, yo, sm, k1. 

    R3: k1, sm, ssk, [k1, p1] until end. (1 st dec’d)

    R4: sl1 wyib, k until 2 sts from m, k2tog, yo, sm, k1. 

     

    Edging:

    Note: We will be picking up stitches using the eyelets formed from the INCREASE, MIDDLE and DECREASE sections. You will begin with the eyelet closest to the live yarn.

    Set-up: Take needle through eyelet, wrap yarn around needle and bring back through eyelet (1 st formed), yo, take needle through next eyelet, wrap yarn around needle and bring back through eyelet. 

    R1: [Take needle through next eyelet, wrap yarn and bring back through eyelet, yo, take needle through next eyelet, wrap yarn and bring back through eyelet]. (3 sts formed). 

     

    Cont with R1 until all eyelets have been worked. 

     

    Lace:

    R1 (RS): [k1, yo, k3, CDD, k3, yo] until 1 st left, k1.

    R2 and all even rows to R8 (WS): P all sts.

    R3: [k2, yo, k2, CDD, k2, yo, k1] until 1 st left, k1. 

    R5: [k3, yo, k1, CDD, k1, yo, k2] until 1 st left, k1. 

    R7: [k4, yo, CDD, yo, k3] until 1 st left, k1.

    R8: P all sts.

    Pattern Instructions

    Using the Long Tail Cast On, Cast On 4 sts. 

    Set-up Row (marker placement): Sl1 wyif, k2, pm, k1.

    1. Work INCREASE SECTION 36 times. (76 sts total on needles)

    2. Work MIDDLE SECTION 38 times.

    3. Work DECREASE SECTION 36 times. (4 sts total on needles) 

    4. Work EDGING until all eyelets have been worked. (326 sts total on needles)

    5. PU 4 sts from CO edge and one more stitch along edging. (331 sts total on needles)

    6. Work LACE one time. 

    7. PICOT BIND-OFF: [Using cabled cast-on, CO 2, BO 4] until end. 

    8. FINISHING: Weave in ends & block lightly.

     

    I’d love to see your FOs!

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