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survival shawl - simple Right after Christmas last year my LYS had a major sale on EVERYTHING and having a fat, new gift certificate burning a hole in my pocket, I indulged. On everything. One of the things I ended up carting home was an obscene amount of silk garden that I had vague, shawl-like aspirations for.

(I have vague, shawl-like aspirations for a lot of things. This is an ongoing trend that I have no doubt will crop up repeatedly here.)

In any event, it sat here spliced into a beach ball of continuous color runs for months while I tried to figure out what to do with it. Finally, faced with a few consecutive days of meeting and no help for my sanity in sight, I said screw it, pulled out ye olde stitch library and cobbled together a quickie pattern that not only would turn my beach ball into something pretty AND useful, but also would enable me to survive the next few days with my marbles intact.

I think it turned out fairly well. I apologize for the lack of action shots, I'll see if I can coerce coax any of my usual models into helping out later in the week. Pattern after the jump. Question, do people find it more useful to have this sort of thing put together as a PDF for download, or just tucked away on a web page?

Survival Stole

A quick and brainless knit to help save one's sanity when trapped in meeting and other events that require a physical but not necessarily mental presence.

Size: 1 foot by 6 feet. Adjustable based on yarn available and personal preferences. survival shawl

5 skeins of Noro Silk Garden (or similar weight yarn)
US size 9 circular needle (24" min.)

CO 58 stitches

Starting with row 1 and continuing to the end, slip the 1st stitch of each row purlwise (this is the sl 1 in rows 7-9).

Rows 1-6: Knit
Row 7: sl 1, k4, p48, k5

Row 8: sl 1, k5 k2tog, k3,(yo)x2, k3, [k3tog, k3, (yo)x2, k3]x4, k2tog, k6
Row 9: sl 1, k4, p6, k1, [p8, k1]x4, p5, k5

Repeat rows 8 and 9 for about 6 feet (roughly 170 repeats) or until you simply cannot take it any more.

Last 6 Rows: Knit

Bind off with relatively stretchy method of choice.

Block and wear!

If you try this pattern, please let me know if there are and corrections or clarifications that need to be included. :) Thanks!


ETA: Added to Ravelry for um, vanity and increased exposure. (ZOUNDS, I AM A DESIGNER.)


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