Sweet Irene Shawl
This asymmetrical shawl is one of a series of shawls inspired by the Foreigner series of books by C. J. Cherryh. This shawl was inspired by one of Cajeiri’s Human friends, Irene, or Rene-ji. The shawl is worked asymmetrically with a knit-as-you-go border on each edge. The narrower edging become the “hypotenuse” or top border of the shawl. The wider edging resembles a crochetted edging of double crochet which is continued on around the remaining side of the triangle as a knitted on edging.
The pattern is simple and easily memorized.
Materials: 3 skeins Malabrigo sock yarn, 440 yds/402 m, 3.5 oz/100 g, color Teal Feather US6 (4.0 mm) 40-inch circular needle Cast on 3 stitches Row 1: k. Row 2: (kfb x3). Row 3: k. Row 4: (kfb x3), k to end of row. Row 5: k until 6 stitches remain, kfb, yo, k2tog, p1, ssk. Row 6: k until 6 stitches remain, (kfb x3), p1, ssk. Repeat rows 5 and 6 until you have about 8 oz of yarn left, ending on a row 6 repeat. Turn work and knit until 7 stitches remain. Begin Edging by working Row 1 of Edging pattern over these 7 stitches. Note: When working the Edging, you may find it easier to manage the constant turning of the work if you substitute a US6 (4.0 mm) DPN for the right needle on your circular needles. If you do this, be sure to stopper the end of the circular needle that is not being used so stitches don't slide off the needle!
Edging: Row 1: K2togfb, yo, k2tog, p1, ssk, turn work. Row 2: K6, sl1p wyif, turn work. Repeat rows 1 and 2 until no more stitches remain on your left needle at the end of row 2. Row 3: *k2tog, slip stitch back to left needle, repeat from * until all remaining stitches have been worked, Break yarn and pull it through the last stitch to secure it. Weave in ends.
Abbreviations: DPN - double pointed needle. kfb – knit front and back. ssk – slip 2 stitches knitwise, reinsert the left needle into the stitches and knit them together through the back loop. k2tog – knit two stitches together. k2togfb – knit two stitches together front and back. sl1p wyif – slip one stitch purlwise with yarn in front. (kfb x3) – knit front and back in the next three stitches.