Alison Crowther-Smith

Roundabout Shawl

This shawl is a very full, swing-back accessory, which is roughly full-moon in shape, though it actually overlaps and is more than a full circle.  It is not knitted in the round, thus it can be slipped on and does not need to be folded in half to wear – there is a slit/insert, in other words.

The things I love about this shawl are:

  • it is knitted flat, but unlike many half or full circle shawls, it does not grow from the top down (or the bottom up).  It is knitted from side to side, but in segments, using simple short-row shaping
  • the short-row shaping is combined with very simple lace so there is no need to wrap when turning
  • the number of stitches will never be greater than the number you begin with, and in fact goes down by one stitch every two rows
  • there is no sewing up, or picking up and knitting; despite being segmented, it is knitted all in one piece
  • its fullness means that as a piece worn simply slipped over the shoulders, it has a waterfall front effect; but when thrown back over a shoulder, it stays steadfastly put
  • it is deep at the back – about 4 inches below my waist – but at the front, it rests at elbow length so it is never in the way

The pattern that I will send you has two options.  One version is knitted in 4 ply yarn and is un-beaded.  The other is knitted in DK yarn and is beaded.

You will need:

For the 4 ply version:

  • 1 x fixed cable circular needle, size 3.75mm, about 80 or 100cm long
  • 1 x 5mm needle (just for the cast off)
  • 1 pair of 3.25 needles
  • 4 skeins of Fyberspates Scrumptious 4 Ply OR c1,400m of another 4 ply yarn
  • 1 stitch marker

For the DK version:

  • 1 x fixed cable circular needle, size 4mm, about 80 or 100cm long
  • 1 X 5mm needle (just for the cast off)
  • 8 skeins of Rowan Alpaca Colour OR c950m of another DK yarn
  • Approx 750 beads, size 5 or 6
  • 1 stitch marker

I rate this pattern as easy.  It gives you lots of notes, tips and full instructions on beading and use of the stitch maarker.

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