Sublime Shibori Shawl
To increase the dramatic effect of this pleasing combination of textures, a “feather and fan” lace stitch pattern is incorporated to create a beautiful undulating movement at the bottom of this striking shawl.
Approximately 56 inches wide (across top edge) x 22 inches long, after felting and blocking Approximately 47 inches wide x 21 inches long, before felting and blocking Note: Unlike traditional felting, the shawl increases in size after felting, rather than shrinking.
• Alchemy Yarns Silken Straw (fine weight; 100% silk; 236 yds/40g per skein): 2 skeins peacock #197C (A) • Alchemy Yarns Sanctuary (light worsted weight; 70% wool/30% silk; 125 yds/50g per skein): 1 skein pony up #180E (B) • Size 6 (4mm) 32-inch circular needle or
size needed to obtain gauge • Stitch markers
20 sts and 32 rows = 4 inches/10cm in garter st, before felting. To save time, take time to check gauge.
Lace (multiple of 18 sts) Row 1 (RS): Knit. Row 2: Purl. Row 3: [K2tog] 3 times, *[yo, k1] 6 times, [k2tog] 6 times, rep from * to 12 sts before marker, [yo, k1] 6 times, [k2tog] 3 times. Row 4: Knit.
Rep Rows 1–4 for pat.
The shawl is knit in a traditional manner and then felted in a washing machine to achieve the shibori effect. We do not recommend any fiber substitutions, due to the specific content and construction of the yarns featured in the shawl.
All color changes and stitch increases occur on RS rows.
This shawl is worked from the neck down.
The lace panel is centered in the shawl and is worked between stitch markers. All other stitches are worked in garter stitch (knit every row).
Please read the sidebar notes carefully for best method of shibori felting process.
Section 1 With A, cast on 20 sts.
Knit 1 row. Set-up row (WS): K1, pm, k18 (center lace panel), pm, k1. Note: Slip markers on following rows as you come to them. Row 1 (RS): Kfb, work Row 1 of Lace pat to next marker, kfb—22 sts. Row 2: K2, work Row 2 of Lace pat to next marker, k2. Row 3: K1 (edge st), kfb, work Row 3 of Lace pat to next marker, kfb, k1 (edge st)—24 sts. Row 4 and all WS rows: Work even. Row 5: K1, [kfb] twice, work pat to marker, [kfb] twice, k1—28 sts. Rows 7, 9, and 11: K1, kfb, knit to 1 st before marker, kfb, work pat to marker, kfb, knit to last 2 sts, kfb, k1—40 sts at end of Row 11. Row 12: Work even. Rows 13–16: Rep Rows 9–12—48 sts. Rows 17–20: With B, knit all sts and inc on each RS row as before—56 sts.
Note: Carry A loosely along edge of work. Cut B at end of Row 20.
Continue in established pat, inc 4 sts every RS row and working lace pat between markers when using A and working in garter st when using B.
For each section work [4-row Lace pat] 4 times, then 4 rows in garter st—40 additional sts in each section.
At end of Section 7—296 sts.
Row 1 (RS): With A, knit across row, inc 4 sts as before and at the same time inc 3 evenly spaced in garter st sections on either side of markers—306 sts. Note: There are no additional incs after this row. Row 2 (WS): Purl. Row 3: Work Row 3 of Lace pat. Row 4: Knit.
Rep [Rows 1–4 of Lace pat] 5 more times. Next row (RS): Knit.
Bind off all sts loosely.
Weave in all ends and be sure there are no dropped sts before beg felting process as described on page 58.