My office is chronically freezing and therefore I am chronically in need of my trusty hand-knit shawl. Nearly every weekday, winter and summer, rain and shine, I can be found swathed, bundled and otherwise wrapped. Not really a traditional shawl per se, I made it to have little armholes on the ends so that my arms and wrists stay warm when I’m sitting at the computer. In addition to being comfy cozy, my shawl attracts tons of compliments from co-workers who marvel at my knitting prowess…
Which I find secretly hilarious because this was the easiest pattern ever to follow, and I still managed to completely screw it up. When I first knit the darn thing, I miscalculated how wide it was going to be, so when I finally pulled it off the needles, I realized I’d created the most obtuse triangle ever. It litterally wrapped around me and the little pointed ends hung all the way down to the floor and sat in little piles. I was about to start pulling the whole thing apart when it occurred to me that if I folded those long ends back in I could create lovely little armholes. So really the genius of the design was nothing more than an accident.
If you’d like to make your own, here’s the pattern…
Knit with 1 skein of Lion Brand Homespun, using size 17 US needles
c/o 4 stitches
Row 1 (RS): K1, YO, K until only 1 stitch remains, YO, K1
Row 2 (WS): Knit across
Repeat pattern for apx 35 more rows (or desired length) and end on WS. Cast off.
Finishing: Lay shawl flat — the ends will be very long. Fold long corners back in along cast off edge so that the points met in the middle. Sew seam along cast off edge, leaving a 10 inch opening at each folded end for arm holes. Weave in ends.