The Ample Shawl is truly ample, it is the largest one I have knit so far. It was made for a friend, who asked me to make her a shawl “so big, that she could wrap herself in it and shut out the whole world”. She is also a dedicated baby wearing Mama and wants to use this shawl with her sling to keep herself and the baby warm and snug.
I dislike shawls that have a point in the back. As my friend Tamar once said – I do not need an arrow pointing to That area. So most of the shawls I make are rounded in the back.
One more must – my shawls MUST stay put on shoulders where they belong. Without any fancy shawl pins if possible. This shawl is not going to go sliding away from you. From the front it looks like a simple cardigan, the back looks like a beautiful peacocks tail. I made the sides shorter than the rest of the shawl to give more freedom of movement to the wearer.
The Ample Shawl is very easy to knit. Even if you are a beginner. There are no fancy-shmancy pattern stitches or weird and interesting techniques. It is a simple, calming garter stitch knitting throughout and the only challenge is to stay with the project long enough to finish it. Truth to tell, you can stop any time after the first set of yarn over increases and have a short and much less ample version. I promise – knitting police will not be coming after you.
Since the shawl is really ample it is a yarn-eater – be prepared to feed it! It is always better to have leftover yarn than run short. Also, because you need so much yarn – make it a thin yarn. I used Kauni Wool 8/2 – it is a fingering weight yarn. Kauni gave me two things that made this shawl really stand out – amazing colors in super long repeats, as far as I know it is an only yarn that has them. And wonderful texture, that made the yarn look thicker than it actually is when knit in garter stitch. So you have an amazing 3D effect without the extra weight. The best source for this yarn familiar to me is Esse-Yarn, she sells it as “Aade Lõng Wool”, Avital – the Shop owner is amazing! Do, take a look at her website. I have asked her and she is willing to ship the yarn worldwide. She will also answer any questions.
The Ample Shawl Tutorial
Kauni 8/2 4 skeins. The name of the colorway is EK. Warning! This yarn comes in hanks of different size! My four hanks were about 250 gramms each. The yardage information says 100r gramms equal 400 meters. You can use any other yarn you want, but be aware that your results will be different.
#7 US circular needle. You might need a few. I love the Knit Picks interchangeable needles and progressed from the smallest cable to the 60″ one. I also used spare cables as stitch holders
2 stitch holders.
8 stitch markers, one of them different.
Tapestry needle to weave in the ends.
4.5 stitches and 9 rows per 1″
K – Knit
PM – Place Marker
MM – Move Marker
K1M1 – knit into the back of the stitch, pull the yarn though the back of the stitch, but do not drop the stitch from your needle, now knit into the front of the same stitch as you would usually do. Now you got two stitches instead of one.
I have Slipped the first stitch and Purled the last stitch of each row. This way the edge looks like a pretty chain and if you will knit on the edging, the stitches will be easy to pick up.
Using a long tail Cast On, CO 80 stitches.
Knit 10 rows of K1P1 ribbing.
Knit 3 ridges. A ridge is formed by two rows of garter-stitch knitting.
Next row we knit and place markers, the “different” stitch marker is placed LAST. This way you will know that if this stitch marker is the first one presenting – then it is an increase row. K14,PM,K1,PM,K10,PM,K1,PM,K28,PM,K1,PM,K10,PM,K1,PM,K14.
Now we establish our pattern of increases:
Knit to 1 stitch before the first Marker, do a “K1M1” increase, move your Marker, knit 1 stitch between two Markers, move the second Marker and do a “K1M1” increase again. Repeat this to the end of the row. We have increased the total of stitches by eight, for a total of 88 stitches.
Using knitting abbreviations this row will read:
Knit next row.
Knit these two rows for 19 more ridges.
Now we knit a row with the first set of yarn over increases.
Knit an increase row as usual past a second set of stitch markers, then make a Yarn Over, Knit 1 stitch. Repeat it to the last stitch before the Marker, make a “K1M1” increase and continue the increase row as usual. Knit the next row.
As I said before you can stop right here if you want to. Or any time thereafter.
Now, continuing the increase pattern established before knit 39 more ridges.
Repeat the row with set of yarn over increases.
Knit 19 more ridges.
If you want the shawl to work as a sling cover repeat the row with set of yarn over increases again.
Repeat the increase pattern established before for 10 more ridges.
Now we need to get rid of the side stitches.
Knit to the second pair of stitch markers and place all the knit stitches on the stitch holder, removing the Markers. Knit to the end of the row.
Repeat row 1.
Now you have only “tail” stitches on your needles. I have knit 15 more ridges. You can knit more. Or less. It is entirely up to you. This is just a blueprint for your own creativity.
I edged the shawl with an applied I-Cord. It was tedious, but definitely worth it. The I-Cord provided a cohesive, “together” look for the “tail” and the “wings” of the shawl. When I knit the I-Cord I did it keeping the sides straight, but helped the “tail” of the shawl flare out by doing one row of K2,K1 together with one stitch from the edge of the shawl.
Next row K3.
Continue this treatment until you get through the whole “tail”. Of course, this too is optional.
Of course, you can knit this shawl in any weight yarn you choose. On any size needles. But you need to make alteration to this pattern yourself.
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