Stephen West - Dotted Rays
This arched shawl begins at the center with only a few stitches while yarn over increases quickly expand the shape. Garter stitch short row wedges add length to one side forming rays that gradually increase in size. The repetitive knit stitches and rhythmic short rows are easy to work while still keeping your interest, a perfect travel project! Built in I-cord edges and an I-cord bind off outline the entire shape for a clean finish. Choose one yarn or use different stash and scrap yarns for a striped effect.
Size: Small Large
Finished Measurements: 60 92” / 152 234cm wingspan, 13 22” / 33 56cm longest part between I-cord edges. Measurements taken after blocking.
The small version knit with worsted weight yarn measures 82” / 208cm wingspan, 21” / 53cm long between I-cord edges.
Yarn: Fingering weight
Worsted Weight Version (small size)
Knitting the small size with thicker yarn like worsted weight will yield a larger shawl.
Needles: 40” US 6 / 4mm circular
40” US 8 / 5mm circular used for small worsted weight version
Notions: Tapestry needle
Gauge: 20 sts & 48 rows = 4” / 10cm in garter stitch with US 6 / 4mm needles & fingering weight yarn
16 sts & 32 rows = 4” / 10cm in garter stitch with US 8 / 5mm needles & worsted weight yarns
720 1200yds / 658 1097m
900yds / 823m used for the small version (pink) knit with worsted weight yarn
The large striped version used about 1200yds / 1097m total. Gather a colorful array of scraps and single skeins to work a similarly striped shawl. The last short row wedge of the large size used about 230yds / 210m and the second to last short row wedge used about 220yds / 201m.