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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

Pattern

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

Yarn

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

Shape

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.

Texture

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

MATERIALS

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.

GAUGE

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. 

SIZE

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.

ABBREVIATIONS/STITCHES

  • 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

INSTRUCTIONS 

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!!


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Happy Birthday, The Gift Of Knitting!

It is hard to believe for me, but The Gift of Knitting is two years old today! My baby is growing 🙂 This blog year flew by in a split second and it was such a blessing! I finally published my first official pattern and got over the fear of putting my ideas on the paper. One of the most important events for me became the collaboration with Moeke Yarns, the company that I have been admiring and following for a long time. I am so happy to say that The Gift Of Knitting Designs will be a part of the big Moeke Yarns event that starts in several weeks. But most of all I am grateful for YOUR support – for visiting, commenting and inspiring me every day. Thank you!

Meanwhile the last couple of weeks I spent at my grandparents’ village. In the woods, in the middle of nowhere. A place where food comes straight from the earth, the water from the well and the light from the candles. It is my Tara (as a child I was obsessed with Margaret Mitchell’s “Gone With the Wind”).

Cotton Yarn

This time I decided to take a break from the intricate knitting and just enjoyed a good old garter stitch knitting – a simple shawl for my dear Granny Lidia. The yarn I chose is perfect for this simple project – it is so addictive to watch how the colors are changing and mixing in its own color pattern. It is also a great companion for listening Olympics on the radio (yep, no TV in this corner of the world).

Cotton Yarn

 I also have a small yarn stash enhancement – 500 g of Egitto, 100% Egyptian mercerized cotton spun in Italy. Sounds amazing, doesn’t it? Egyptian cotton is known as the world’s finest cotton.

Here’s what I found out about this fiber:

  • The length of the fibre makes it possible to make the finest of yarns without sacrificing the strength of the yarn.
  • The strength of the fiber makes fabrics more solid and more resistant to stress.
  • Its ability to absorb liquids gives fabrics made of Egyptian cotton deeper, brighter and more resistant colours.
  • Its softness feels like nothing else in the world.
  • Egyptian cotton is hand picked which guarantees the highest levels of purity. In addition, hand picking puts no stress on the fibres – as opposed to mechanical picking – leaving the fibers straight and intact.

 Source

Cotton Yarn

Deep royal blue color with a slight sheen. Mmm… My mind is swirling with ideas for a future pullover! It has to be light, simple, maybe slightly textured to show off the beauty of this precious fiber and its mesmerizing color.
Cotton Yarn

Though the calendar summer is still here, the evening air is already crisp and clear; the leaves are slowly and almost imperceptibly changing the shade; the rain is cold and brings the breath of fall… There are just a few days left before I leave my family and head back home. These lovely yarn balls will remind me of this wonderful time I got to spend with my dear ones.

Cotton Yarn

I hope you are having a wonderful time!

Thank you for being with me! It means a lot!


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By | 2016-08-16T09:20:35+00:00 August 16th, 2016|Knitting, Work in Progress, Yarn|21 Comments

The Gift of Knitting – Exploration Autumn

Photography Elena Letitskaya

FO. Exploration Autumn.

hand knit shawl

Exploration Autumn was the last FO that became a part of one more photo story created by dear Elena. It was our last weekend together, the sun was sitting down and we were rushing to find a perfect background for this colorful knit piece. A small patch of grass next to a local hotel seemed like a perfect match. We only started when my camera shut off and never came back to life again… But these several shots that we managed to get will always stay with me – I love how soft, warm and simple they are! Thank you, dear Lena!

hand knit shawl

Exploration Autumn is a gift for the hazel eyes of my dear Granny Lidia. It flew away to her this Wednesday. I can see how she will put it on in the rainy summer evenings or long cold winter nights and think of me. The colors will brighten up the grey days and the wool will give the warmth in harsh Russian climate. It was made with love, every single stitch was a joy.

hand knit shawl

So many things are interwoven into this shawl – the first experience of working with pure wool, new stitches, countless hours of a quiet blissful knitting time, the soft summer breeze, long evening talks with a dear friend, our laugh and tears – this shawl saw a lot and all of this is sealed inside of it.

hand knit shawl

What a playful, colorful and enjoyable project it was! Thank you, Stephen West, it was a joy to make!

hand knit shawl

I hope you had a lovely week! Enjoy your Sunday!

P.S. The pattern review can be found here – Exploration Autumn. FO Details.


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By | 2015-08-29T12:55:20+00:00 July 12th, 2015|Finished Objects, Knitting|20 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!

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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!

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

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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.

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More on the Exploration Station this weekend!

Have a great day today!


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

June. Adiós.

Adiós is the monthly series of crafty notes and captures of nature.

I just can’t believe that June is over… Where did it go? I am in a very weird place in my life right now, not bad at all, just… strange. Maybe that’s why the time seems to fly by…

June was something like this – working, working, working, some knitting, more working… So, several days ago we felt that we just needed to get out of the town for a day and relax a little bit. One day of doing absolutely nothing, just reading and knitting, of course 🙂

We met the dawn on the road that took us to a very beautiful peaceful and special place. It’s truly a nature’s great treasure – the home of precious coral reefs.

Knitting and Travel

I am really proud of local people who literally had to fight for preserving it. One year ago one big hotel company designed a project to be built here with hotels, golf courses, entertainment center, restaurants and who knows what else. The project’s goal was of course to attract the tourists (read the money) to this little corner of the world. Of course it would provide hundreds of work places, of course it would be great for economy of this small village, but it’s not always about economy, it’s not always about the financial growth. If this project happened, the coral reefs and all the rich flora and fauna of this region would be destroyed in a matter of years. But people got up and attracted different world organisations that developed educational programs and sent their representatives to schools to tell about the importance and value of this little paradise and our responsibility to protect it. And they won! The project was cancelled. The village still hosts the tourists, the ones that are looking for the silence, serenity and peace interrupted only by the soft sound of the waves…

Knitting and Travel

It was a quiet day… Just walking, reading, thinking…

Knitting and Travel

June’s Crafty Notes:

1 FO

Soho dress was the only FO of this month. It was a completely spontaneous project – I was supposed to dive into gift knitting this month. Well, I blame Purl Soho and their inspirational website 🙂

2 WIPs

WIPs are all about gifts, just like I planned. Amiga sweater is still in its infant stage.

Exploration Autumn. Working on it day and night. The last rows are just e-n-d-l-e-s-s! I don’t know how big this thing is going to grow…

Knitting Shawl

The time is flying by and I still need to cast one more gift shawl for my dear Granny Eugenia… Time, time… That’s all I want for Christmas!

June’s World Crafter

This month limited my time tremendously. I tried my best, but just couldn’t keep up. But this interview was very important for me to publish. Nataly, who took us to beautiful Kiev, shared her amazingly textured hand knits with us that took my breath away…

I am deeply grateful to June for all the beauty that it brought in so many forms… July is promising to be quiet hectic and exciting at the same time. But no matter what, I’ll keep knitting and crocheting!

Off to July! I hope this month will bring you joy and a lot of stitches!


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By | 2015-07-01T19:52:16+00:00 July 1st, 2015|Adiós|8 Comments

The Gift of Knitting – Deep End.

As you know this month we celebrated our 3 year anniversary of our Mexican adventure. As much as I love living here, a part of my heart will always stay where my close family is. There is an ocean between us, but I feel like hand knit gifts are bringing us slightly closer together. I work on them while living my life here, putting my time, skills and love for this craft in each stitch.

This summer I want to make three bundles. In each of them I will put a hand knit shawl, a printed picture of me wearing the shawl and a hand written letter for each of my dear women – my Mom and two Grannies. I know that for them there will be nothing more precious than touching the work that came out of my hands, looking at me wearing it and reading my letter.

My dear Elena is helping me to bring this idea to life. The first gift of knitting, Deep End, was knit for my dear Mom. The biggest love and passion of my Mom is the sea. Since the very early age she has been dreaming about traveling. It was the time of the Soviet Union and only very few people could get the permission to travel abroad. When the Soviet Union collapsed, the tourism boom started – people were finally free to leave the country. My Mom started to work in a travel agency almost immediately and 10 years later her dream came true – she opened her own agency.

The sea was always something very special to her and I know how happy she is that I live in this place right now. I know how much she will cherish these pictures…

Hand Knit shawl

Hand Knit shawl

The dress that I am wearing was hand sewed by one lovely lady from the organic market. Simple, but so beautiful.

Hand Knit shawl

We got completely carried away by this small photo shoot. Elena made me dance, jump, run, dive into yoga postures and throw the shawl. I almost lost it in the sea 🙂

Hand Knit shawl

 

Hand Knit Shawl

 

Hand Knit Shawl

We even gathered a small crowd of spectators around us cheering us up. Mexico has its flaws but this friendliness and the general joy of life cannot be taken from it!

As usual Elena created an amazing photostory that is vibrant, alive, full of passion and love for life, nature and creativity.

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Hand Knit shawl

I am hurrying up to have as many FOs as possible to continue our knitting photostory with her before we drift apart…

Hand Knit Shawl

 

Off to knitting…

I hope you are having a wonderful week!


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By | 2016-04-10T08:45:59+00:00 June 24th, 2015|Finished Objects, Knitting|9 Comments
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