Let’s knit a simple shawl
I love a big shawl, something I can really wrap up in to keep out the cold. In this tutorial we will be knitting Grain, a simple garter shawl.
First, you will need a pattern so download the free Grain shawl pattern and then away we go! The pattern is written for 3 weights of yarn, fingering, DK, and worsted, but because it starts in the centre and works outwards, all versions follow the same basic instructions. Tutorial shown in Brooklyn Tweed Arbor in ‘wreath’.
The first step is the garter tab cast on. We have a detailed tutorial on how to work the garter tab cast on here, covering a couple of different methods.
Set up row (WS): k3, PM, k1, PM, k1, PM, k1, PM, k3
As you work the set up row you place your 4 markers, separating your work into 5 sections: 3 edge sts, first main section (1 stitch), center stitch, second main section (1 stitch), and 3 edge sts. PM is the abbreviation for ‘place marker’. If you are confused about any of our pattern abbreviations, refer to our full abbreviations list here.
When you place your markers your two main sections will only have 1 stitch in them, but those are the 2 sections that will grow as you work your shawl. The edge stitches are always 3 sts and the center stitch is always a single stitch.
Once you have worked rows 1 and 2 a few times the pattern starts to become clearer.
You can see that the edge stitches and centre stitch remain the same, while the two main sections start to grow.
That’s really all there is to it! Just keep going until you reach the desired size, or until you are almost out of yarn, leaving just enough to bind off all of your stitches. It really is the simplest of shawls! You can work a series of chunky stripes, as we have done, or just pick your favourite for a single-colour shawl.
This is just a mini shawl, but creating a larger one just means more knitting. Grab a few of your favourite skeins and cast on!
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