There are two sides to the story. The truth lies somewhere in the middle
On yarn quantity
I used 2 skeins indie sock yarn from the IndieYarnStore. These skeins have 440 m, but I didn't use all of it. You'll need roughly 88 g (380 m) of the lighter color (MC yarn), and 72 g (320 m) of the contrasting/darker color (CC yarn).
On color changes
I used a technique called 'intarsia'. This is a great way of changing color in the row. It helps, if you have experience with this technique. If you don't you'll learn something new :)
I've added 2 files with instructions for the color changes. It is advised you read it through before you start.
This shawl is knit sideways, meaning you begin at the far right and knit across all the way to the far left. This gives you a knit fabric on the diagonal which gives amazing stretch and drape. Don't worry. You don't have to do something special to create this, just follow the pattern and it will come naturally.
Garter stitch (knit the right and wrong side rows)
decrease: Slip slip Knit and Knit 2 Together
Increase: Knit through the front and the back of the same stitch
CO: Cast on
SSK: slip slip knit
KFB: knit through the front and the back of the same stitch
YO: yarn over
K2TOG: knit 2 together
MC (yarn): Main Color yarn
CC (yarn): Contrasting Color yarn
WS: Wrong side (of the row) - i.e. every even numbered row
RS: right side (of the row) - i.e. every uneven numbered row
BO: bind off
- 111647_2F2015-10-22-134627-Instructions+for+colorchanges+intarsia.docx 14.6 KB [ Download ]
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We begin with 'one side of the story'
Start with CC (yellow) yarn:
CO 15 stitches
r2 (WS): k across
r3 (RS): k 4, kfb, k to 2 stitches before the end, yo, k 2
r4 (and all other wrong side rows): k across
r5-22: repeat rows 3 and 4 for 9 more times
r23: k to 2 stitches before the end, yo, k 2
r24 (and all other wrong side rows): k across
r25-32: repeat rows 23 and 24 for 4 more times
r33: k 4, ssk, k to 2 stitches before the end, yo, k 2
r34 (and all other wrong side rows): k across
r35-52: repeat rows 33 and 34 for 9 more times
r53/54: k across
Repeat this pattern for 3 more times.
See the attachment file 'location for color changes' for where the color changes are and how to change colors in the row.
Do the next 3 pattern repeats similar to the previous 4, for the exception that the yarn over you make every RS row, is going to become every other row.
Meaning: row 3 of the new pattern repeat you don't yarn over, row 5 you do a yarn over, row 7 you don't do a yarn over and so on.
Omit the last 2 rows (rows 53 and 54) of pattern repeat 7, (last pattern repeat)
Now it's time to do 'the other side of the story'
Working with the CC yarn only;
r1: k2, ssk, k to 2 stitches before the end, yo, k 2
r2 (and all wrong side rows): k across
r3: k 2, ssk, k to the end
r4: (and all wrong side rows): k across
r5/6: rep row 1/2
r7/8: rep row 3/4
r9/10: rep row 1/2
r11: BO the first 10 stitches, k to end
r 12: knit across
the 3rd, 6th, 9th and 12th pattern repeat you do everything the same except for row 9 (the eyelet row);
r9: k 2, ssk, *yo, k2tog* repeat between * to 2 stitches before the end, yo, k 2
repeat this pattern until all of your stitches are bound off. Wet block the shawl to a nice size and you're good to go:)