Saturday, August 16, 2008

Raindrop Shawl Pattern

I started this blog for the purpose of posting patterns, so here goes with the first one. The idea of this shawl was to use every bit I could of a 100g ball of fingering weight, and then finish the edging with some fabulous Koigu. I had been looking for a raindrop pattern for some time, and was utterly unable to find one. So I made one up, and here it is for you, too.

Raindrop Shawl

Design by Renee Strouts

Size US 6 circular needles

MC: 1 skein Rio De La Plata Solid Sock (100g/437yds.)
CC: 1 skein KPPPM (50g/175yds.)

Gauge: less relevant.

For laceweight yarn, use US 4 needles.


MC: Main color

CC: Contrast color

Sts: stitches

K: knit

P: purl

Yo: yarn over

K2tog: knit two stitches together

Ssk: slip two stitches separately knit-wise, insert left needle into the back of the stitches and knit them together

Center k3: slip two stitches together knit-wise, k 1, pass slipped stitches together over the k 1

Center p3: slip one purl-wise, slip two stitches separately knit-wise, transfer the two knit-wise stitches back to the left needle, purl two together through the back loops, pass slipped stitch over


Using MC, CO 5 sts.

Row 1 (RS): K2, yo, k1, yo, k2
Row 2 (WS): K2, p3, k2

Work Chart A one time.
Work Chart B 9 times or until you become bored or happy.
Break MC, join CC.
Work Chart C one time, stopping after row 13 (do not work an even row).

Bind off loosely as follows: K2, *transfer two stitches back to the left needle, k2tog through the back loop, k1*, repeat between stars to end.

Block vigorously. Weave in ends. Wear.

How to work the charts

Begin at the bottom & work upward.

Odd chart rows: K2, work next row of chart from right to left, k1 (this is your center stitch), work same row of chart a second time from right to left, k2.

The repeat is outlined in red.

Even chart rows (EXCEPT FOR THE PINK ROW) are NOT included in the chart. Normal even rows are worked: K2, p to last 2 sts, k2

The pink row is worked: k2, work pink row of chart from left to right, p1 (this is the center stitch), work pink row again from left to right, k2

Please note! It is very easy to get into the rhythm of always purling the even rows. Please pay attention to the chart, as I myself spent far too much time cursing at and un-knitting the pink row when I forgot.

Charts (click for bigger):

Please let me know if you find any problems with the pattern, I'll try to fix them as soon as possible. Enjoy!