The Assassin’s Daughter Shawl

The Assassin’s Daughter

Another shawl named for a character in C. J. Cherryh’s “Foreigner” books. If you’re familiar with the books, you’ll know who the character is. If not, spoilers! This is what I call “TV knitting” – garter stitch body and a simple two-row pattern repeat. I feel it’s easy enough for a beginning knitter to tackle. A very simple shawl pattern with a knit-as-you-go border.

Materials:
3 to 7 skeins of Caron Simply Soft Paints 5 oz/141 g, 250 yds/228 m, colorway 21004 “Oceana”
or equivalent yardage of worsted weight yarn, depending on how big you want your shawl.
US6/4.0 mm 40-inch circular needle
2 Stitch markers

Abbreviations:
P# – place marker
# – marker

Shawl Body
Cast on 3, knit a row, purl a row.
Row 1: k1, yo, k1, yo, k1 (5 stitches)
Row 2: purl
Row 3: k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1 (9 stitches)
Row 4: purl
Row 5: k4, yo, kfb, yo, k4 (12 stitches)
Row 6: purl
Row 7: k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, p#, yo, k1, yo, p#, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk. (14 stitches)
Row 8: p5, k3, p5
Row 9: k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, #, yo, k3, yo, #, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk. (16 stitches)
Row10: p5, k5 , p5
Row 11: k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, #, yo, k5, yo, #, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk. (18 stitches)
Row 12: p5, k7, p5
Row 13: k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, #, yo, knit til marker, yo, #, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk.
Row 14: p5, #, knit til marker, #, p5

Repeat rows 13 and 14 until the shawl is the size you want. If you’re going to wear it around your neck, you might want to make it smaller; if you plan to wear it as an actual shawl, you might want to make it bigger. End on a row 13 repeat.

Top Border
Row 1: p5, #, k1, *yo, k2tog, repeat from * until 5 stitches remain, yo, k1, #p5.
Row 2: k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, #, yo, purl until 5 stitches remain, yo, #, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk.
Row 3: p5, #, knit until 5 stitches remain, #p5.
Row 4: k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, #, *yo, k2tog, repeat from * until 5 stitches remain, yo, #, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk.
Row 5: purl
Row 6: knit.
Row 7: purl
Bind off knitwise.
** If you like to wear your shawls in a scarf-like fashion up around your neck, stop at 3 skeins for a smaller version.  If you like to wear your shawls like a cape, use 5 or even 7 skeins.

Author: WOL

My burrow, "La Maison du Hibou Sous Terre" is located on the flatlands of West Texas where I live with my computer, my books, and a lot of yarn waiting to become something.

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