Here’s an easy step-by-step guide to make this gorgeous ombre gradient triangle shawl. PLUS you could win a copy of JOMO Knits craft book in my giveaway so read on to enter the competition…
Do you remember my blog post last month when I wrote about about the Joy of Missing Out – or JOMO for short? If you’ve been inspired by this idea or if you’re a fan of knitting, this newly published book by Christine Boggis will be right up your street.
This craft book is a happy combination of motivational chat about the joy of missing out and useful step-by-step projects to knit while you’re enjoying some peaceful alone time.
JOMO is about taking the time to slow down and relax to each project will help you to get into the zone and really spend some quality time with yourself. There’s 21 projects in this book to keep you crafting all year round, from small accessories and simple scarves to homewares and full jumper patterns.
The author Christine Boggis has kindly shared a project from the book with us so that we can all get started on our own JOMO knitting project and feel the benefit of slowing down and enjoying our crafting time straight away.
Here’s the step-by-step guide to create this impressive ombre triangle shawl (which is also perfect for snuggling up under when you’re JOMO-ing with a book or magazine too!):
SHADES OF SHEEP TRIANGLE SHAWL
I love the natural shades of sheep, from the black sheep of the nursery rhyme to soft and creamy whites. Yorkshire wool shop Baa Ram Ewe’s gorgeous Dovestone Natural Chunky sheep shades make the perfect gradient for a simple triangle shawl.
Wingspan: Approx. 71in (180cm)
Length: Approx. 39½in (100cm)
You will need: Baa Ram Ewe Dovestone Natural Chunky 100% British wool (approx. 131yd/120m per 100g). 1 x 100g ball each in shades 1 (A), 2 (B) and 3 (C), 2 x 100g balls each in shades 4 (D) and 5 (E). Note: Yarn amounts given are based on average requirements and are approximate.
7mm (UK2:US101/2) circular needle 59in (150cm) long
2 stitch markers
Tension is not critical to this project.
Pattern note: This shawl is started with a garter-stitch tab cast on. For full instructions on this technique, see page 120 below.
GARTER-STITCH TAB CAST ON
A garter stitch tab is a classic way to begin a shawl; it creates a neat band across the top of the work that can go from edge to edge uninterrupted.
1. Cast on three stitches and knit five rows. Note that there are three purl bumps along the side of the knitted tab.
2. Without turning the work, rotate the tab 90 degrees clockwise so the side is facing up. Insert your right-hand needle tip into the first purl bump and pick up a stitch. If this is tricky, it may be easier to pick up the purl bump with your left-hand needle and knit it as normal.
3. Repeat with the next two purl bumps. You should now have six stitches on your right-hand needle.
4. Turn the work 90 degrees clockwise again and pick up and knit three stitches along the cast-on edge. You now have nine stitches on your right-hand needle.
Garter stitch tab cast on
Using A, cast on 3 sts.
Knit 5 rows.
Turn piece 90 degrees clockwise, pick up and k3 sts along side edge (1 in each g st bump).
Turn work 90 degrees clockwise again, pick up and k3 sts along cast-on edge (9 sts).
Set garter stitch increase pattern
Set-up row 1: K3, yo, pm, k3, pm, yo, k3 (11 sts).
Set-up row 2: Knit.
Row 1: K3, yo, k to m, yo, sm, k3, sm, yo, k to last 3 sts, yo, k3 (inc 4).
Row 2: Knit.
Rep rows 1 and 2 until you have 99 sts, ending on a WS row.
Set diluted stripes pattern
Join B but do not break A.
Row 1 (RS): Using B, k3, yo, k to m, yo,
sm, k3, sm, yo, k to last 3 sts, yo, k3 (inc 4). Slide sts back
to other end of needle to work RS again.
Row 2 (RS): Using A, purl. Turn work.
Row 3 (WS): Using B, p3, yo, p to m, yo,
sm, p3, sm, yo, p to last 3 sts, yo, p3 (inc 4). Slide sts back
to other end of needle to work WS again.
Row 4 (WS): Using A, knit.
Rep rows 1–4 two more times (123 sts).
Break A and cont in B only until you have 159 sts, ending on a WS row.
Work rows 1–4 of Diluted Stripes patt 3 times in total, but using C and B in place of B and A (183 sts).
Break B and cont in C only until you have 203 sts, ending on a WS row.
Work rows 1–4 of Diluted Stripes patt 3 times in total, but using D and C in place of B and A (227 sts).
Break C and cont in D only until you have 243 sts, ending on a WS row.
Work rows 1–4 of Diluted Stripes patt 3 times in total, but using E and D in place of B and A (267 sts).
Break D and cont in E only until you have 279 sts, ending on a WS row.
Set edge pattern
Next row (RS): K3, yo, k1, (yo, k2tog) to
m, yo, sm, k3, sm, yo, (ssk, yo) to last 4 sts, k1, yo,
k3 (283 sts).
Next row: Knit.
Next row (inc): K3, m1L, k to m, m1R, sm, k3, sm, m1L, k to last 3 sts, m1R, k3 (287 sts).
Rep last 2 rows 1 more time (291 sts).
Knit 1 row.
Cast off loosely.
Weave in ends neatly. Pin to measurements, cover with damp cloths and leave to dry.
This extract is published here with permission, JOMO Knits, by Christine Boggis published by GMC Publications, RRP £14.99, Available from www.thegmcgroup.com and from all good bookshop
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