WINGING IT, FREE asymmetrical shawl pattern
A simple one-skein shawl, perfect for the beginner knitter. Uses three different stitch patterns, that you put together as the whim suits you, thus you are "winging it". Pattern is free, can be e-mailed to you with picture.
This shawl is yours to build, using just one skein of Smith and Ewe fingering weight yarn (Not Just Socks- 420 yards, 110 gms, or Sparkle Plenty – 420 yards, 110 gms, 4.5 mm circular needle. Given a few different ways to knit, you can create your own masterpiece. Just use each section as many times as you wish, in whatever order of patterns you choose.
Cast on 3 stitches.
Then, for the first row KFB (knit front and back in same stitch). Knit to end. For the second row, K1, K2 tog, KFB. Then carry on with the pattern sections.
Patterns: Mix and match your patterns for as many rows of each that you like.
PATTERN #1: (garter stitch rows)
Row A – KFB, knit to end of row, P1.
Row B – Slip 1 stitch knitwise, K2 together, knit to last stitch, KFB.
As you can see, the increase is happening at only one edge. The stitch increase happens with every KFB. This is giving your shawl an asymmetrical shape.
PATTERN #2: (stocking stitch rows)
Row A – (Right side) – KFB, knit to last stitch, P1.
Row B – (wrong side) – Slip 1 stitch knitwise, K2 together, purl to last stitch, KFB.
PATTERN #3: (lace rows)
Row A – (right side) – KFB, knit to last stitch, P1.
Row B – (wrong side) – slip 1 stitch knitwise, K2 together, K1, *yarn over, K2 together. Repeat from * to last stitch, KFB.
With the lace rows, you should end up with 3 stitches in order to do the YO, K2tog, KFB. If you don’t have 3 stitches, just knit the last stitch, and then the KFB.
*You must increase one stitch at beginning of Row A and end of Row B for each section.
*You must slip 1 stitch knitwise, k2tog at beginning of Row B always. This gives you an interesting edge to your shawl.
Continue until you have enough yarn left for your favourite cast off.
Cast off loosely and block your individually designed shawl!
(Pattern designed by Mary-Anne Smith of Smith and Ewe)