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.
The shawl is of classic asymmetric triangular shape. I wrote a quick pattern for it, you are welcome to use it!
Hawthorne Fingering by Knit Picks. I 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.
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.
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.
Yarn. 2 skeins of Hawthorne Fingering by Knit Picks. The 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.
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.
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!
Feel free to ask me any questions in the comments!!