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While on holiday in beautiful South Lake Tahoe I happened upon the sweetest little yarn shop called Knits & Knots Tahoe, nestled in the back half of a boutique full of local handmade goods. I try to pick up a skein of yarn every time I travel, and I honed right in on a beautifully soft, hand-painted, sparkly little number, which turned out to be one of the Storyteller yarns they dye in-house. I'm a big fan of these new Stellina-infused sparkle yarns that are making a splash as of late because it's so subtle and easy to wear. And paired with the subdued rainbow palette of colors that Aubrey, the owner of Knits & Knots Tahoe, painted it with, it's one of the most fun yet elegant yarns I've ever brought home. I was so inspired I decided to write this simple, quick-knitting pattern, and I paired it with an olive green from Forbidden Woolery to pull out the deeper tones in the yarn, and it worked up a treat! I wear this kerchief more than any other in my closet. It is a great intro pattern for those who haven't tried shawl knitting yet, and a great quick knit for advanced knitters.
Finished Measurements: Long side is 60 inches, short sides are 40 inches. The pattern doesn't use up all the yarn, so you can continue to knit until you run out for a full-size shawl if so desired.
Size 4.0 mm 29” long circular needles
1 skein painted fingering weight sparkle yarn
1 skein solid contrasting fingering weight sparkle yarn
Yarn needle for weaving in ends
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MC = Main Color
CC = Contrasting Color
kfb = knit in front and back (increase)
pfb = purl in front and back (increase)
m1 = Make one using a backwards loop (increase)
k = knit
p = purl
sts = stitches
Gauge: In stockinette, 4 rows and 2.5 stitches equals 1/2 inch.
*Carry the CC up the side after 2 rows of MC have been worked.
*The stitches on the needles form the sides of the V, while the finished edge forms the flat top (long side) of the triangle. Take care when turning and carrying colors: do it VERY loosely.
With main color, cast on 3 stitches
Row 1: With main color, kfb, kfb, k1.
Row 2: With contrasting color, kfb, k1, m1, place marker, k1, m1, kfb, k1.
Row 3: W/CC, kfb, k to 2 sts before end of row, kfb, k1.
Row 4: W/MC, kfb, k to marker, m1, slip marker, k1, m1, k to 2 sts before end of row, kfb, k1.
Row 5: W/MC, pfb, p to 2 sts before end of row, pfb, p1.
Row 6: W/MC, kfb, k to marker, m1, slip marker, k1, m1, k to 2 sts before end of row, kfb, k1.
Row 7: W/MC pfb, p to 2 sts before end of row, pfb, p1.
Row 8: W/CC, kfb, k to marker, m1, slip marker, k1, m1, k to 2 sts before end of row, kfb, k1.
Repeat rows 3-8 until kerchief is desired size. The one shown in the photos was worked until it had 21 CC stripes, and bound off in the CC. (You can also keep knitting until you only have enough yarn to cast off with.) Use a stretchy cast off method, weave in ends, and you may need to block the piece as well.