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Grateful Shawl. Asymmetric Triangular Shawl Free Pattern.

Grateful Shawl

Free Asymmetric Shawl Pattern

My Granny is 70 years old today and I am celebrating here, too far away from her with the free pattern for you! A very simple, but special for me project – Grateful Shawl, made for my Granny back in Russia. I didn’t knit much during my trip, as I felt like I wanted to be 100% with my family and friends, but this simple garter stitch shawl was the perfect companion for long car/train rides, quiet evenings with my family and sleep overs with my girlfriends. I didn’t even notice how I finished it! It stayed with my Granny back in Russia and will remind her of the time we spent together. She recently had a surgery and now is recovering successfully, thus the name of the shawl – Grateful. I am grateful that everything went pretty smoothly, I am grateful for the time we spent together and I am infinitely grateful for her love. She is my true angel.

Project Details


The shawl is of classic asymmetric triangular shape. I wrote a quick pattern for it, you are welcome to use it!

Free Asymmetric Shawl Pattern


Hawthorne Fingering by Knit PicksI am not really into variegated yarn, being more drawn to solid colors, but once in awhile I crave for fun shades and these skeins were perfect for it! The colors are really nice and two shades complimented each other beautifully; the yarn is light and springy. Having said that, I must admit that I doubt that I will ever knit with this yarn again. Don’t get me wrong – each skein was perfect, but the yarn felt too synthetic to me, maybe it’s 20% of polyamide in the content or the feeling of the superwash wool itself, or maybe I am just too spoiled with all the gorgeous natural fibers I got to work with during the last months, but I didn’t enjoy it running through my fingers. Other than that, it was fun to work with.

Design Details


Asymmetric triangular shawl. I find this shape one of the most versatile ones and it works great with simple stitches and variegated yarns! Also it is very easy to remember the pattern and knit with “closed” eyes.


This yarn has a great stitch definition and is perfect for garter – the stitches are perfectly even and pop out.

Free Asymmetric Shawl Pattern

 Asymmetric Shawl Free Pattern

The shawl is knit sideways from the corner with the attached 3-stitch I-cord edge that is knit simultaneously with the main fabric to a create smooth and neat edge and avoid finishing later.

Free Asymmetric Shawl Pattern


Yarn. 2 skeins of Hawthorne Fingering by Knit PicksThe estimated yardage is approximately 700 yds.

Note: What is great about this shawl is that you can use any yarn from your stash. You can also use less or more yarn for your project. I was basically knitting until both skeins were finished, leaving just enough yarn to bind off. I was alternating the skeins every two rows. You are free to knit in solid color or set up your own stripe sequence – stripes/color blocks, the opportunities are really endless!

Needles. 2.5 mm (US 1).

Note: Again the needle size is very flexible. Just go with the one that is the best fit for your yarn and the fabric you want to create.


20 stitches and 48 rows = 4 inches [10 cm] in garter stitch.

Note: The exact gauge is not essential in this project, the most important thing is that you like the fabric in your swatch. 


Note: The shawl is knit from the corner, so you are in full control of its size and can easily adjust it and stop whenever you feel like it.


  • k – knit
  • k2tog – knit two together
  • LH – left hand
  • p – purl
  • RH – right hand
  • RS – right side
  • sl – slip
  • ssk – slip, slip, knit
  • st (sts) – stitch (stitches)
  • WS – wrong side
  • wyib – with yarn in back
  • wyif – with yarn in front
  • yo – yarn over


I am going to walk you through the beginning of the shawl. To see a bigger photo, open it in the new tab.

The shawl starts with the provisional cast on. There are several ways to do that, you can check this video – Provisional Cast-Ons – and choose your preferred method. I am using Crochet Provisional Cast-On here.

Now you have 9 starting stitches. First and last three sts will create the I-cord edging (see the arrows), the central 3 sts are the starting point of your shawl main body.

Free Asymmetric Shawl Pattern

Now the fun part starts!

Row 1 (RS): Sl 1 wyib, sl 1 wyif, k1; yo, knit to last 3 sts; k1, sl 1 wyif, p1.

Row 2 (WS): Sl 1 wyib, k1, sl 1 wyif; k2tog, k to last 3 sts, yo; sl 1 wyif, k1, p1.

Repeat Rows 1-2 until the desired depth of the shawl.

When the shawl reaches the desired size, start I-Cord Bind off.

You will get to the point when you have 3 I-cord sts on your RH needle and 3 sts left on your LH needle. Graft these stitches together to “close” the I-cord edging.

Free Asymmetric Shawl Pattern

Weave in all ends. Block the shawl.

Blocking is really essential in this project, don’t skip it! Your shawl will open up and bloom!

You are done!! Enjoy your shawl!

Free Asymmetric Shawl Pattern

Feel free to ask me any questions in the comments!!


Exploration Autumn. FO Details.

First of all I am happy to be back. Though it’s been just 5 days without blogging, it seemed much longer. And I miss reading your blogs! I’ll try to be back on track though July is promising to be pretty hectic.

So much happened during these short  days. First of all, my dear Elena is gone 🙁 She went back to Russia and we won’t see each other at least for one year. We spent yesterday’s morning in the airport crying and laughing at the same time. I already miss her terribly… Second, our last FO photo story was interrupted by the death of my camera. Oh, well. I can’t complain – it was a 10 year old used camera that served me well the whole year. Before I replace it, I will try my best with my old second hand 40 dollar “pocket” camera. Well, that’s it for the life news, let’s get to knitting.

FO – Exploration Autumn

Hand Knit Shawl

Looking at my finished Exploration Autumn I realize that it’s probably the most stitches that I have ever knit in one piece. This shawl is huge! It wasn’t supposed to be this big according to the pattern, but it was my fault.  I know my hands, I know I a loose knitter, I know if the pattern asks for 4 mm (US 6) needles, I should go down to 3 mm, 3.5 mm tops. But I misled myself. The thing is that the 4 mm circular wooden needles are my favorite to work with, especially with this springy wool yarn. There is something so satisfying about wool and wood in my hands… So I closed my eyes and chose the recommended needle size to end up with a shawl-parachute. That being said I actually love its finished size! You can entirely wrap yourself up in its colorful stripes from head to toe!

Project Notes

Ravelry page. Exploration Autumn. The name was inspired by the color palette.

Pattern. Exploration Station by Stephen West

Yarn. This is the first project of my life that I knit with 100% wool yarn! Being restricted by the weather to cotton, linen, silk, bamboo, etc for the last two years, I’ve never even hold pure wool in my hands. Well, what can I say… You guys are right – wool is a dream fiber to work with! So springy, squashy and warm! Though I love the texture, luster and smoothness of cotton with all my heart and hands, I know that from now on I will have wool on my needles regularly! Because of my “misgauge”, I used almost 7 balls of Knit Picks’ Palette instead of planned 4. More details on yarn can be found here.

Design details.

Color. Stephen West is the king of the color play, that’s for sure!


The pattern provides a great canvas for experiment. You can use the recommended 4 color combination, or go crazy and take out all your leftovers from your yarn basket and go for it! Before casting on, you should definitely check numerous Ravelry projects to get some inspiration and ideas!

Texture. This shawl was a a part of a mystery shawl KAL last year. I was listening to Ashley’s interview with Stephen where he shared his design process and how the mystery KAL is slightly different from writing a usual pattern. Mystery pattern always has to have some element of surprise – you can’t start with one stitch pattern and finish with the same one. Well, this pattern is definitely not boring! Short rows, brioche, garter, knit/purl, lace… All this combination creates such a diverse fabric!


My personal favorite was colorful short rows! They are so easy to work with and they create such an interesting effect.


I’ve never tried brioche before and to be honest, it seemed a little bit too fuzzy for me. Maybe just because I am not used to it. But the texture it creates is worth all the effort!
hand_knit_shawl_8The border is absolutely beautiful and easy to knit! I also loved that the shawl required minimum finishing – no picking up stitches along the border, that’s the beauty of the i-cord trimming.


More on the Exploration Station this weekend!

Have a great day today!


By | 2015-07-09T06:54:08+00:00 July 9th, 2015|Finished Objects, Knitting|20 Comments

Modification Series. Soho Dress. Part IV. Details.

I am sorry for the week’s silence – my day job is taking all my time now, including the afternoons. All this paper work is driving me crazy 🙂 But this weekend was a bliss – I finally got my much needed knitting time. I was so engaged that didn’t even notice how I finished the Soho Dress, I thought all the finishing would take me so much longer. But here it is – blocked, seamed and ready to be put on.

hand Knit dress


And I am in love! The whole process of making it was such an indulgence for me. The yarn was the best part, to feel how the natural linen, cotton and silk are slipping through my fingers to create the knit fabric was an incredible tactile experience. It was this kind of project where you feel like you can’t wait to see the result, but at the same time hope it to last as long as possible.

Project Notes

Ravelry page. Soho Dress. Project notes list all the modification posts in order. I still need to work on updating it.

Pattern. Heavily modified version of Notched Hem Tank Top by Purl Soho.

Yarn. Linen/cotton blend for the main color and raw hand dyed silk for the contrasting details. The full yarn review post can be found here – Modification Series. Part I. As I mentioned before, I was waiting for one special project that would be perfect for this gorgeous yarn.

Hand Knit Dress

The yardage in silk yarn wasn’t enough for a garment and I really wanted to feel it against my skin, so these side details were such a genius idea – they don’t take too much yarn, which makes it perfect for leftovers or for these precious skeins that are so out of your yarn budget zone ; they add nice design touch and let you play around with different color combinations.

Fit. Knee-length dress with straight skirt.

Hand Knit Dress

Design details.

Texture. There’s something about the yarn that brings 100% handmade spirit to the dress. Maybe it is slightly loose spun linen/cotton blend, or the uneven texture and color of raw silk, or combination of both. I love to touch this dress and I love to feel it against my skin. Yarn was just perfect!

Hand Knit Dress

Side panels. Side panels were the ones that “got” me in the original pattern. I loved the contrast of the reverse stockinette stitch against the classic one and the difference in length. Simple, but makes a huge difference. In my case the panels are also contrasting in color. I was a little bit worried about the silk being too dark against the main color, but these swatches had the last word – they looked so harmonious together. As I mentioned in the the second part of this modification experiment, I knit the dress flat, though the pattern suggested to knit the original tank in the round. So, I had to make two seams on each side. It was pretty challenging to do because of the row gauge difference, but the crochet hook made it so easy breezy. I finished all the seaming in an hour!

Hand Knit Dress

Neckline. I didn’t plan a neckline until I actually got to it. Originally I thought to knit it in the main color in simple stockinette, mostly because I thought side panels would eat all the silk yarn. But I had plenty left. So I got an idea to experiment and echo the reverse stockinette side panels on the neckline. The yarn changing row was the basic k2 *k2tog, yo* k2 to create eyelets. Though you can see in the center stitch it is actually k3tog, but just because my stitch count wasn’t even. I was happy to use the silk yarn as much as I could. It’s so incredibly beautiful and alive.

Hand Knit Dress

Ties. I am boring. I almost always accentuate the waist with single crochet ties. It’s simple and it’s durable. The waist shaping was made 16 stitches from the edge to make visible decrease line from high hip to the beginning of waist.

Hand Knit Dress

Hem. I love the length difference between the side panels and the main skirt. Thank you, Purl Soho, for such a great idea! To prevent rolling up I knit the first 4 rows in garter stitch.

Hand Knit Dress

I loved working on this project so much! Really, I was ignited with inspiration from the very first stitch and it didn’t leave me until the last seam. If you want to try converting the Notched Hem Tank Top into the dress, you can follow my modification process here – Parts I, II, III. I really hope I covered all the information and details, but if you still have any questions left you can always ask them in the comments, PM me on Ravelry or send me an e-mail I will be happy to help and see what your dress would look like!

I hope to make some modeled shots this week! So, Soho Dress to be continued!

Hand Knit Dress

I hope you had a wonderful week!


Exploration Autumn Progress and Knitting Magazines

Knitting and Reading Yarn Along

Knitting Shawl

Reading. Gifts of knitting for gifts of knitting – my friend who asked me to make a dress for her friend’s birthday brought me my favorite treat from her trip – knitting magazines! By the way, she told me that Pure fitted her friend perfectly and it was an amazing birthday gift for her! Oh, how happy I was! Pure is in good hands 🙂 Back to magazines. There is no access to knitting magazines in my town, so this addition to my knitting library is highly appreciated. It’s weird but with all my love for knitting magazines I rarely use their patterns. For me the knits there are more of a source of inspiration, rather than a collection of knitting instructions. I just love knitwear photography – always sparkles my imagination!

Knitting. The shawl – a gift for my Granny – is so addictive! The color changes and short rows make the simple garter stitch really engaging.

Knitting Shawl

So far everything is working out great, no bumps in the road whatsoever. The pattern is providing all the necessary information and Stephen is guiding you through the first rows with a very helpful YouTube video. The yarn is lovely – springy and inspiring.

Knitting Shawl

There is something about the feel of wooden needles and wool in my hands that makes the whole process even more enjoyable. I love my Addi needles, but I am always happy when the pattern gives the opportunity to pick up my no-name wooden pair.

Knitting Shawl

As the pattern is established, Exploration Autumn becomes a very portable on-the-go project. I’m sure I’ll take it for the long hiking tours, car trips and in bed evening knitting time. Just perfect.

I am going to work right now, but I know that a cup of tea, a spoon of honey, my cat and knitting magazines will be waiting for me on a couch. Sounds like a happy evening!

Off to work!

Have a great week!



By | 2016-04-10T08:51:22+00:00 May 20th, 2015|Books, Knitting, Work in Progress|12 Comments

New Beginnings. Deep End Shawl.

New beginnings…
Knitting YarnThis yarn pyramid is about to be turned into Deep End shawl. The pattern was in my Ravelry queue for many weeks and I am happy to finally get to it. It will be an in-between project to work at during road and hiking trips and casual no-brainer knitting time. After rummaging in my stash I found local 100% cotton yarn – Eulali. I am going to use five colors instead of six recommended in the pattern, as nothing else seems to match.

Knitting YarnThe shawl will be a part of Andi’s KAL, April is the last month so I better hurry up with it! Summer is just two months away which means I have to really start working on gift knitting for my dear family – this July I am planning to send a parcel with handknits to my Grannies and Mom in Russia. I feel sad of not being able to visit this year. The most that I can do is to put all the love and warmth of my hands in each stitch… The shawl will be perfect for my dear Mom!

Knitting YarnThe colors are so fresh and all about spring! I think this is the first time I am using so many colors in one pattern and choosing them wasn’t easy! I feel like an artist with a palette of water colors 🙂

Knitting YarnThe pattern recommends 3.25mm (US 3) needles, well, knowing myself I went down to 2.5mm and the gauge is actually matching perfectly! Garter stitch, I missed you!

Knitting YarnI hope you had a lovely weekend!



By | 2015-05-22T21:19:38+00:00 April 5th, 2015|Knitting, Work in Progress, Yarn|16 Comments

Textured Jacket. Vogue Knitting. Details.

You probably remember that I started this project back in September.

Knitting Textured Cardigan

Vogue Knitting Winter 2012/2013 Designer Shirley Paden

I wanted to knit this pattern for almost a year, but I was a little bit intimidated by the intricate stitch pattern. But I am so glad that I eventually got to it. I am really happy with the result!

Knitting Textured Cardigan Knitting Textured Cardigan

Designer Shirley Paden challenges us with the interlocking twists and florets pattern. The result is a stunningly textured fabric.

Knitting Textured Cardigan

I’ve made some modifications to the sweater.

  • Though Shirley offered to knit this jacket with considerable ease, I chose more close-fitting style.  To my taste if you knit a textured pattern with a lot of ease, it makes you look bulky.
  • Waist shaping was achieved by changing needle sizes.
  • I crocheted ties, instead of knitting them. Chain of 50 stitches and single crochet one row. I put them a little bit lower – on the waist line, instead of the bust line.

Knitting Textured Cardigan

 V-neck shaping.

Knitting Textured Cardigan

 I chose simple garter stitch trimming, instead of I-cord.

Knitting Textured Cardigan

I omitted the collar.

Knitting Textured Cardigan

Sleeves. I knitted the cuff using Chart 2 for 1 1/2 pattern repeats using 3 mm needle (US 2 1/2), then switched to Chart 1 using 3.5 mm needle (US 4).

Knitting Textured Cardigan Knitting Textured Cardigan

I used crochet slip stitch for seams.

Knitting Textured Cardigan

I am so happy to have it in my closet. It is very special to me.

Knitting Textured Cardigan

Thank you, Vogue Knitting!

Other posts about this project:

By | 2015-05-31T08:35:03+00:00 November 3rd, 2014|Finished Objects, Knitting|8 Comments
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