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
I purchased this beautiful pattern and Fly Designs yarn at the Madrona Knit show in Tacoma Wa. I would like to start but unfortunately am unable to read the chart. ( too small)I tried enlarging on iPad but too blurry. The pattern does state that written instructions are under chart but I do not see. I know the legend looks easy but I do not want to guess. Could you please let me know where I can find written instructions or description of symbols in legend. Thank you
Re Making Waves Shawl
Thanks for your interest in this pattern!
The written instructions comment was not correct so I removed that.
Are you maybe trying to blow up the PDF? If you click on the chart itself it should expand and the legend does tell you what each symbol is.