Ajcita (‘curved’ in Sanskrit) is reminiscent of the soft curves and ethereal elegance of this unusually-shaped shawl. By beginning with a line of stitches rather than a ring and increasing at the ends using the Pi principle, this shawl forms an oblong or rounded rectangle shape rather than a circle.
Rowan Alpaca Classic (57% alpaca, 43% cotton; 131 yds [120m]/25g): Coastal Mélange (C1), 1 skein; Noir (C2), 2 skeins, Deep teal (C3), 2 skeins; Verdigris (C4), 3 skeins.
Thanks to Rowan for sponsoring the design and to Jo for crocheting it.
Size J-10 (6mm) hook
Or size needed to obtain gauge
11 sts and 7 rows = 4″ [10cm] in dc sts, blocked
Approx. 36” [91.5cm] wide x 54” [137cm] long
Tapestry needle, 4 stitch markers, blocking pins and wires.
See our standard abbreviations.
The shawl begins with a center line, and works center-out. Increases following the Pi principle on the short circular ends form a curved rectangular shape.
Rnd 1: With C1, Ch 32. Dc into 3rdch from hook, ch1, (dc, ch1) in each ch to end. Turn work to the other side of the base ch and (dc, ch1) in each ch to end. Join in starting ch3. (60 dc, 60 ch1)
Rnd 2: Ch3 (starting dc), dc in each ch space and each dc (120 dc).
Rnd 3: Ch3 (starting dc), ch1, (dc, ch1) in next dc, dc in next dc, pm in the ch1 sp bef last dc, dc for next 55 sts, dc in next st, pm in space bet the last 2 dc made, ch1, (dc, ch1) in next 4 sts, dc in next dc, pm in the ch1 sp bef last dc, dc in next 55 sts, pm in space bet last 2, ch1, (dc, ch1) to end. Join in starting ch3. (120 dc, 10 ch1).
Rnd 4: Ch3 (starting dc), dc in each dc and each ch1 space, slipping markers as encountered (130 dc).
Rnd 5: Ch3 (starting dc), ch1, (dc, ch1) to m, dc in next st, sm in the ch1 sp bef last dc, dc in each st to next m, dc in next st, sm in space bet last 2 dc, ch1, (dc, ch1) to m, dc in next st, sm in the ch1 sp bef last dc, dc in each st to next m, dc in next st, sm in space bet last 2 dc, ch1, (dc, ch1), to end. Join in starting ch3 (130 dc, 20 ch1).
Rnd 6: Rep Rnd 4 (150 dc).
Rnd 7: Dc in each dc, slipping markers as encountered.
Rnd 8: Rep Rnd 5 (150 dc, 40 ch1).
Cut C1 and attach C2.
Rnd 9: Rep Rnd 4 (190 dc).
Rnds 10 – 12: Rep Rnd  3 times.
Rnd 13: Rep Rnd 5 (190 dc, 80 ch1).
Rnd 14:Rep Rnd 4 (270 dc).
Rnds 15 – 17: Rep Rnd  3 times.
Cut C2 and attach C3.
Rnds 18 – 21: Rep Rnd  4 times.
Rnd 22: Rep Rnd 5 (270 dc, 160 ch1)
Rnd 23:Rep Rnd 4 (430 dc).
Cut C3 and attach C4.
Rnds 24 – 26: Rep Rnd  3 times.
Continue with C4.
Lace: Ch1, *sc, ch6, sk 2 sts, sc in next st; turn work, ch3, make 12 dc in ch space, turn. Ch1 (sc, ch 3, sk 1 st) 6 times, sk ch3; sc in next st. Rep from * around.
Cut yarn and weave in ends.
Block aggressively to bring out lace effects.
About the Designer: Mugdha Manasa
Manasa learned to knit as a kid, but quit soon to focus on formal education. She worked in a corporate career for 8 years before opting to be a homemaker.
Recently she has found her focus back on knitting and needlecrafts, and hasn’t looked back since then.
Most of her designs are geared towards beginners and many will find that her patterns are easy to knit/crochet.
She can be found as mugdhamanasa on Ravelry, and patterns under Mugdha Manasa