Tutorial – How to make a maxi shawl

from VeryCris DHGPenFriend - 29 August 2017

I love shawls and picnics. That’s why when I started thinking about a piece to make with the brand new Sierra Yarn I thought of a shawl, which if need be, could also be used as a blanket to lie on the grass.
Autumn is just around the corner and I can’t think of a better way to spend my weekends than laying on a lawn, unwinding and looking at the stunning colours of the trees.

And above all it’s unisex. With houses getting smaller and less money to spend, I think unisex items are a great solution. Don’t you think?

Now let’s get started!

Materials

Sierra Yarn (2ply) – about 700 grams/24.6 ounce.
The following measurements of this piece are: 170x90cm / 67×35”.

Needles

Needles n° 12EU/17US
Hook n° 7EU/US

Stitches

Stockinette rib slip stitch 1×1

Rib stitch 1×1 purling and go ahead without knit stitching but moving the thread.

Stockinette stitch

This is by alternating a knit row on the odd rows and a purl one on the even rows.

Single crochet

Single crochet horizontal

Work as the single crochet but insert the hook in the horizontal windows that you find at the front.

Single crochet ribbing

Work as the single crochet horizontal but insert the hook only into the yarn at the rear of the foundation row.

Useful tips

With the stockinette stitch never work the first stitch, which is only passed on the right needle and always knit stitch the last one. This will result in a neat and linear selvedge. When working the lines, leave the yarn long at the end of a colour change. You will use it later to make the fringes.

How to make a maxi shawl

Needles with 2ply yarn

Cast on 77 stitches.
Work the stockinette stitch for 11 rows (knit stitch the first row) and close the stitches on the 12th row.

Crochet with 1ply yarn

Crochet inserting into the stitches on the front side of the work alternating the colours to your liking. Below I’ll refer to the ones I used but obviously you can change them as you prefer.

row 1: Single crochet colour Horizon
row 2: Single crochet horizontal colour  Mist
row 3: single crochet ribbing colour Amber
row 4: single crochet horizontal colour Mist
row 5: single crochet ribbing colour Mist
row 6: single crochet horizontal colour Gloss
row 7: single crochet colour Tuareg
row 8: single crochet horizontal colour Black cherry
row 9: single crochet colour Amber
row 10: single crochet horizontal colour Rust
row 11: single crochet colour Milk

Tie the last crochet stitch to close the work.

Pull up the 77 stitches with the 2 ply yarn colour Mist ready to knit.

Work the stockinette stitch for 134 rows (knit stitch the first row) and close the stitches.

Resume crocheting with 1 ply yarn.

row 1: single crochet colour Milk
row 2: single crochet horizontal colour Rust
row 3: single crochet colour Amber
row 4: single crochet horizontal colour Black cherry
row 5: single crochet colour Tuareg
row 6: single crochet horizontal colour Gloss
row 7: single crochet ribbing colour Mist
row 8: single crochet horizontal ribbing colour Mist
row 9: single crochet ribbing colour Amber
row 10: single crochet horizontal colour Mist
row 11: single crochet colour Horizon
row 12: single crochet colour Mist

Fasten off.

Resume the 77 stitches with the 2 ply colour Gloss ready to knit.

Work the stockinette stitch for 11 rows (knit stitch the first) and close the stitches on the 12th row.

Twisted string fringes

Wrap the yarn around a piece of card 15 cm/5.9″ in length and then cut the threads from one side only to obtain a bundle of threads of 30 cm/11.8″ in length.
Put them in twos, fold them in half and put them in correspondence to the threads, matching the colours.
Insert the hook into the loop, gather the bunch of threads and pass through it, pull and tighten.

Pair them up 2 by 2 and twist them. Those in your left hand towards the right and those in your right hand towards the left. Then twist them so they tighten around themselves.

Secure with a double knot and tidy up the last part with scissors.

The shawl is finished, so prepare that picnic basket, a book and put on your sunglasses! You’re now ready to enjoy Autumn which is now just around the corner.

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