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Free Patterns shawl: Cotton Candy Summer Shawl by Alice Neal on the LoveKnitting blog

Published on September 7th, 2016 | by Alice Neal

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Make it Today! Cotton Candy Summer Shawl by Alice Neal

Beautifully soft and lightweight, the Cotton Candy Summer Shawl from Alice Neal will keep the chill off your neck when the sun pops behind a cloud on the beach, or the afternoon slips into evening…

shawl: Cotton Candy Summer Shawl by Alice Neal on the LoveKnitting blog

You will need:

400g Millamia Naturally Soft Cotton (I used Candy Pink 340, Indigo Purple 321 and Off-White 311)
3.25mm knitting needles, preferably circulars.
A tapestry needle for sewing in ends.

The shawl wingspan measures 160cm, and is worked back and forth on circular needles in garter stitch, using an 8-row pattern.

Glossary:

yo: yarnover – pull the yarn forward between the needles before the next stitch. When you knit the next stitch, you will have an extra loop on your needle which becomes a new stitch. Note: on the yarnover [yo] rows, if there is one stitch left after the last k2tog, do not yarnover again. Just knit the last stitch.
K2tog: knit two stitches together (a decrease stitch) yo and k2tog form an eyelet.
m1tbl: Make an extra stitch by knitting through the stitch as usual, but before pulling it off the left needle, knit another stitch through the back of the stitch remaining on the left needle.

Step 1: Using MC, cast on 5 stitches and work 2 rows of stocking stitch. Then begin the pattern:

Pattern 1:

Row 1: Knit to last stitch and increase 1 by making one through the back loop of the stitch (m1tbl).
Row 2: Knit 1 *[yo, k2tog]. Repeat * to end:

How to:  yo, k2tog
Here you can see the yarn brought forward:

shawl: Alice Neal y2tog

And below, the k2tog underway. This simultaneously increases and decreases by 1 stitch, leaving the same number of stitches on the needle, but creating a ‘hole’ on purpose: an eyelet.

shawl: Alice Neal, yo k2tog

And then knitting through the yarnover on the next row:

shawl: Alice Neal: knitting a yarnover on the next row

Row 3: Knit
Row 4: Knit
Row 5: Knit to last stitch and m1tbl

How to: m1tbl – make 1 stitch through the back loop

In this picture, you can see that the stitch has been worked as normal, but before being pulled off the left needle, the right has been inserted into the back loop, behind the left needle to make one more stitch.

shawl: Alice Neal, m1tbl

And here the stitch is made:

Shawl: Cotton Candy Summer Shawl by Alice Neal on the LoveKnitting blog
Row 6: Knit
Row 7: Knit
Row 8: Knit
Change colour for next stripe, and leave enough of a tail for the last colour not to unravel and introduce the new colour:

shawl: Alice Neal, changing colour

Continue following this pattern using your three different colours for the stripes until your piece measures about 80cm (finish a complete stripe rather than having an exact measurement).

shawl: MillaMia Cotton DK, Cotton Candy Summer Shawl by Alice Neal on the LoveKnitting blog

The spine:

After an Off-White [MC] stripe, change to Candy Pink [C1].
Knit 1 row and m1tbl.
Knit another row.

Change to Indigo Purple [C2].
Knit 1 row and m1tbl.
Knit another row.

shawl: Candy Cotton Summer Shawl by Alice Neal on the LoveKnitting blog

Change to Candy Pink [C1].
Knit 1 row.
Knit another row to last two stitches. K2tog.

shawl: Candy Cotton Summer Shawl by Alice Neal on the LoveKnitting blog

Note 3: from this point we are simply producing in reverse what we have already made to form the other point of the shawl.

Change to Off White [MC] and follow pattern 2.

Pattern 2:

Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Knit
Row 3: Knit
Row 4: K2tog, knit to end.
Row 5: Knit
Row 6: Knit
Row 7: Knit 1 *[yo, k2tog] to end.
Row 8: K2tog, knit to end.

Continue following this pattern using your three different colours for the stripes until you have 5 stitches left on your needle. Knit two rows and bind off.

shawl: Cotton Candy Shawl by Alice Neal on the LoveKnitting blog

Now to sew in all those ends! Weave them down through the stripe, back up, and snip:

shawl: Cotton Candy Summer Shawl by Alice Neal on the loveknitting blog

shawl: Cotton Candy Summer Shawl by Alice Neal on the LoveKnitting blog

Making the border:

I’ve given you two border options – a pretty picot edge, and a crochet edge if you prefer! I’ve use the crochet option around the V of the shawl, and the picot along the top, but you can choose whichever method you prefer.

Crochet border:

dc: double crochet (sc for US)
ch1: chain 1
slst: slip stitch
htr: half treble crochet (hdc for US)

Using a 3mm crochet hook:
1) Work along the right side making 4dc in each coloured stripe (1 dc per 2 knit rows). When you reach the dc before the ‘V’ of the middle: dc, ch1, dc, ch1, dc and continue to end. Ch1 and turn.

shawl: Cotton Candy Summer Shawl by Alice Neal on the LoveKnitting blog

shawl: Cotton Candy Shawl by Alice Neal on the LoveKnitting blog

2) dc in each dc until you reach the ‘V’ – and there, dc, dc in chain space, dc in point, dc in chain space, and dc to end. Ch1 and turn.
3) Make the shells: in first dc *work [1dc, 1 htr, 1dc], slst in next dc**
Repeat from * to ** to end. Cut yarn and weave in ends.

shawl: Cotton Candy Summer Shawl by Alice Neal on the LoveKnitting blog

Picot edge:

1) On the right side (so that you start with a purl row), pick up stitches along the edge of the shawl, 4 stitches per stripe. You should aim to pick up about 130 stitches as evenly as possible.

shawl: Cotton Candy Shawl by Alice Neal on the LoveKnitting blog

2) Knit 3 rows of stocking stitch back and forth.
4) On the right side [K2tog, yo] to end.

shawl: Cotton Candy Summer Shawl by Alice Neal

5) Knit 3 more rows of stocking stitch.

shawl: Cotton Candy Shawl by Alice Neal

6) Bind off leaving a very long tail for sewing the picot edge down.

Shawl: Cotton Candy Summer Shawl by Alice Neal

7) Fold the edge over so that you have the picot zigzag along the top and carefully sew the edge down all along the wrong side, being careful to sew just below the beginning of the picot border knitting, for neatness’ sake:

This is how it will look from the back of the work:

shawl: Cotton Candy Summer Shawl by Alice Neal on the LoveKnitting blog

And from the front of the work:

shawl: Cotton Candy Summer Shawl by Alice Neal on the LoveKnitting blog

8) Cut and sew in tail.

shawl: Cotton Candy Summer Shawl by Alice Neal on the LoveKnitting blog

There are 22 glorious shades of MillaMia Naturally Soft Cotton to choose from – which will you choose?

We’d love to see your Cotton Candy Summer Shawls – upload your pictures and share them in our Community!

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About the Author

dreams her designs in both knitting and crochet. She loves natural fibres and fair isle techniques and adores the process of creating her ideas in wool! She is inspired by the natural beauty of the beaches and forests of Northumberland, the cold northern winters and the delicious mayhem of living in a house with her husband, five boys and two dogs.


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