Inspired by Fly Designs’ gorgeous hand-dyed yarn, this shawl features wave-upon-wave of texture and lush color. Worked in one piece, from the bottom-up, this quick-knit project is sure to be a favorite for knitting and wearing!
Finished Measurements: 10 x 15 x 48 inches after blocking.
Fly Designs Flying Sock (100% Superwash Blue Faced Leicester Wool; 440 yards/4 oz skein): Aqua (MC) (MC), 1 skein; Rainer (CC), 1 skein.
Size US 4 (3.50 mm): straight and 32” circular
Size US 5 (3.75 mm): straight and 32” circular
Size US 6 (4 mm): straight and 32” circular
Tapestry needle (for weaving in ends)
26 sts and 32 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st before wet blocking using largest needles.
Please see our standard abbreviations.
SK2P – slip one st as if to knit, k2tog, psso; 2 sts decreased.
This pattern is worked in one piece, from the bottom-up.
Knitting the Hem
Step 1: With MC and US Size 6 needles, CO 281 sts using the long-tail CO method. Knit 2 rows.
Step 2: Change to CC (do not cut your MC) and knit 2 rows. Cut CC.
Step 3: Pick up MC, work rows 1-12 of Waves Chart three times; then work rows 1-8 of Waves Chart once more. A total of 44 rows will have been worked.
Knitting the Body of the Shawl
Step 4: Change to US Size 5 needles and CC—Do Not Cut your MC. You will be changing colors frequently now and you’ll want to carry each color up with you, in turn as you go. Knit 2 rows.
Step 5: Change to MC and knit 2 rows.
Step 6: Change to CC and knit 2 rows. Cut CC.
Step 7 (RS): With MC, k6, *yo, k2tog; rep from * until 5 sts rem, k5.
Steps 8, 10, 12, & 14 (WS): K5, p until 5 sts rem, k5.
Step 9 (RS): K5, *yo, k2tog; rep from * until 6 sts rem, k6.
Step 11 (RS): Repeat Step 7.
Step 13 (RS): K9, *yo, sk2p, yo, k7; rep from * until 12 sts rem, yo, sk2p, yo, k9.
Attach CC and use US Size 4 needles (do not cut MC—you will carry it up as before).
Step 15 (RS): Knit 1 row decreasing 11 sts evenly spaced across; 270 sts.
Step 16 (WS): Knit 1 row decreasing 10 sts evenly spaced across; 260 sts.
Step 17: Change to MC and knit 2 rows. Cut MC.
Begin Short-Row Shaping (worked in CC)
Step 18 (RS): K 135 sts and turn work.
Step 19 (WS): Sl 1 st kwise, k 9, and turn work.
Step 20: Sl 1 st kwise, k to 1 st before the gap created by the turn in the previous row, k2tog, k3 and turn work.
Repeat Step 20 until 1 st rem on each side, end having completed a WS row; 198 sts.
Step 21: Knit 2 rows.
Step 22: Join MC (do not cut CC) and knit 2 rows.
Step 23 (RS): Change to CC and k5, * yo, k2tog; rep from * until 5 sts rem, k5.
Step 24 (WS): K5, p until 5 sts rem, k5. Cut CC.
Step 25 (RS): Pick up MC and knit 1 row.
Step 26 (WS): BO all sts kwise in this way: *k2tog, place the stitch back onto your left needle; rep from * until all sts have been bound off. Clip yarn and pull tail through the rem st.
Block to desired measurements.
About the Designer: Kelly Forster
Kelly Forster is a knitting designer and teacher from the Pacific Northwest where she lives with her husband, three children, two kitties and one very looney, big brown dog.
Kelly first picked up a pair of knitting needles nearly 11 years ago and has never been able to put them down ever since! She receives a regular dose of color and inspiration at her LYS (Apples to Oranges Yarn & Gifts) where she works and teaches.
Her designs can be found at Ravelry, Craftsy, Etsy and on her blog: www.kellykisdesigns.blogspot.com