Handspun Showcase Shawl

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My friends at the Connecticut River SnB taught me how to spin. My first skein of handspun was too thick and wonky to be used for socks, but I was very proud of it. I designed this shawl to let one precious skein of approximately DK to worsted weight really sing in an unfussy setting.

This is more of a “recipe” than a pattern per se. Please let me know if anything is unclear!

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Yarn:

MC: Cascade 220, 1-2 skeins depending on how much handspun you have. The shawl shown used one entire skein in charcoal gray. If you have any more than 3.5 oz of handspun to work with, you should have a second skein handy.

CC: 1 skein handspun, in DK to worsted weight. The shawl shown was made with 3.5 oz/approximately 170 yards of superwash merino top, in the colorway “twilight” by cloudlover69. It was spindle-spun and Navajo-plied, and was my first successfully completed skein of handspun. It varied in thickness from bulky to fingering, but on average it was comparable to the Cascade 220.

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Tools:

US #9 Needles (circular with a 32” cable suggested)
2 stitch markers
Tapestry Needle

Directions:

Solid Triangle:

Cast on two stitches. Knit 6 rows.
K2, rotate work one quarter turn and pick up and knit 2 sts along side of work, rotate another quarter turn and pick up and K 2 sts in cast on row.
Row 2 (wrong side): K2, YO, P1, place marker, P1, place marker, P1, YO, K2
Row 3 (right side): K2, YO, K to marker, YO, pass marker, K1, pass marker, YO, K to 2 sts before end, YO, K2
Row 4 (wrong side): K2, YO, P to 2 sts before end, YO, K2.
Repeat rows 3 and 4 until MC triangle is desired size. To work as show, repeat until there are 81 sts total (including YOs) on the needle at the end of a wrong side row.

Striped Portion:

Attach CC.
Row 1 (right side, with CC): K2, YO, K to marker, YO, pass marker, K1, pass marker, YO, K to 2 sts before end, YO, K2
Row 2 (wrong side, with CC): K2, YO, P to 2 sts before end, YO, K2.
Row 3 (right side, with MC): K2, YO, K to marker, YO, pass marker, K1, pass marker, YO, K to 2 sts before end, YO, K2
Row 4 (wrong side, with MC): K2, YO, P to 2 sts before end, YO, K2.
Repeat until you start to run low on CC (your handspun).
End with a Row 2 and break your handspun. Wind the remainder into a tiny souvenir skein.

Edging:

Row 1: (right side, with MC): K2, YO, K to marker, YO, pass marker, K1, pass marker, YO, K to 2 sts before end, YO, K2.
Rows 2-3: K2, YO, K to 2 sts before end, YO, K2
Bind off all sts knitwise.

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Finishing:

As it is stockinette stitch, you will want to block pretty severely to prevent curling. Blocking wires will be very helpful in maintaining straight edges.

Weave in all ends, and wear your handspun with pride.

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5 thoughts on “Handspun Showcase Shawl

  1. Simply lovely! I want to learn to spin, but I’m hopelessly slow at knitting, and I have many projects waiting in line. You did a wonderful job on your first spinning project.

  2. Have a skein of handspun that was just waiting for the perfect project… I think I just found it!! Now I have to find the 220 (or something like it) that works with my handspun so I can get started! Thank you for sharing your project!! Love your handspun – the colors from Cloudlover are wonderful, aren’t they?!

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