Your Common or Garden-Variety Prayer Shawl

Your Common or Garden-Variety Prayer Shawl

This is a dead easy triangular shawl in garter stitch for an absolute beginner.  All you need to know to do this project is casting on, knit, yarn over, and binding off.  That’s it.  It’s also a great stashbuster project.

Note:  Skinny yarn on big needles makes a delicate and lacy shawl; skinny yarn on small needles makes a thin, lightweight shawl that takes a long time to finish; fat yarn on big needles makes a thick, heavy shawl that is quick to knit; worsted weight yarn on medium size needles makes a medium weight shawl. You can use odds and ends of leftover yarn that are similar in weight to make a colorful striped shawl.

Materials:  Any kind of yarn(s) you want to use in any color(s) you like.

Needles:  A circular knitting needle at least 29 inches long in any needle size you like.

Cast on 2 stitches.

Row 1:  K1, yo, knit to the end of the row.

Repeat row 1 until the shawl is the size you want it.  Bind off.




Arrow Scarf

2014_11_15-02Arrow Scarf

Yarn: 1 skein knitting worsted yarn
Needles:  Size 10/6.0 mm knitting needles.

Cast on: 26 stitches.

Row 1: K
Row 2. K3, yo, K9, K2tog, K to end of row.
Repeat row 2, until the scarf is as long as you want it.
Bind off.

K = knit.
yo = yarn over (when the next stitch is a knit stitch).  Bring the yarn under the right needle  to the front of the work, lay it across the top of the right needle, then knit the next stitch.  This produces a little loop of yarn that will become a stitch as you work the next row. This is one way of “increasing” or creating a new stitch. When you come to the yarn over you made on the previous row, knit it just as if it was a knit stitch.
K2tog = Instead of slipping the right needle into the next stitch to knit it, slip it through the next two stitches and knit them both at the same time as though they were one stitch.  This is one way of “decreasing” the number of stitches you have on your needle.

Note: Because you add a stitch by doing a yarn over near the beginning of the row, but then take it off again by knitting 2 stitches together further along the row, you will always have 26 stitches on your needle. Stop and count now and again just to make sure.

I wrote this pattern for a beginning knitter who had just learned to knit but hadn’t learned to purl.  It’s a dead simple pattern that gives a nice result.

Pattern © 2014 Knits From The Owl Underground.