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Klickitat

by Joanna Johnson

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» model: CK & LK » photos: Christa Tippmann
Intermediate

This shawl’s name comes from Klickitat Street, the childhood street of one of my all-time favorite fictional characters, Ramona Quimby. I wanted to create a shawl that served nicely in a variety of ways: as a maternity or nursing shawl, a mama and baby snuggling shawl, a baby blanket, a shawl to wear while babywearing, and so forth. But as I developed the shawl design, I saw that it could also be worn as a cape by imaginative children of any age, and was struck with how magical it would be for a child to wear a shawl that their mother wore before they were born, or that was the first blanket they were wrapped in, or brought along on first outings to the park… you get the idea.

As a mom, I know that our three children will always be my babies, no matter how many years circle us. The idea of holding onto our childhood, like Ramona, Forever, just captivated me. I hope its stitches are just as captivating to you.


 


Sizes

One size

Finished Measurements

26 x 40 inches

Materials

Yarn Love Diana [100% Superwash merino Wool; 360 yards / 328 meters per 4 ounce / 113 gram hank];

Pumpkin; 2 hanks

Recommended needle sizes

US #6 / 4 cm, 32 inch circular needle and 2 dpns or size needed to obtain gauge

Notions

Stitch markers
Stitch holders
Waste yarn
Tapestry needle

Gauge

24 sts and 30 rows = 4 inches / 10 cm in Stockinette stitch.

Pattern Notes

This lace shawl with a collar is worked as two separate front pieces that are knit from the hem up. After placing the collar stitches on holders, the front pieces are joined at the back of the neck and the back is worked in the same lace pattern from the top down to the hem. Lastly, you finish knitting the collar pieces, graft them together, and attach the back of the collar to the top back of the shawl. The lace pattern is very easy to memorize once you do the repeat a few times.

Skills Required

Grafting.

 

Instructions

Left Side
Cast on 78 sts. Begin working back and forth in rows as follows:
Set up row: p18, pm, p 55, pm, p5.
Row 1: Knit to first m, sl m, k1, *yo, k2, ssk, k2tog, k2, yo, k1; repeat from * 5 times more, sl m, knit to end.
Row 2: Purl to end.
Row 3: Knit to first m, sl m, *yo, k2, ssk, k2tog, k2, yo, k1; repeat from * 5 times more, k1, sl m, knit to end.
Row 4: Purl.
Repeat Rows 1-4 until Left Front measures 20 inches from cast on edge, ending with Row 3 (RS row) of pattern.
Place last 19 sts of row onto a stitch holder, dropping the marker between the 18th and 19th sts, then slip remaining 59 sts and stitch marker onto scrap yarn. Leaving an 18 inch tail for weaving in, cut yarn.

Detail

Right Front
Cast on 78 sts. Begin working back and forth in rows as follows:
Set up row: p4, pm, p55, pm, p19.
Row 1: Knit to first m, sl m, k1, *yo, k2, ssk, k2tog, k2, yo, k1; repeat from * 5 times more, sl m, k to end.
Row 2: Purl to end.
Row 3: Knit to first marker, sl m, *yo, k2, ssk, k2tog, k2, yo, k1; repeat from * 5 times more, k1, sl m, k to end.
Row 4: Purl to end.
Repeat Rows 1-4 until Right Front measures the same as the Left Front, ending on Row 3 (RS row) of pattern; do not cut yarn.

Detail

Join sides and work back
P 59, keeping first m in place and dropping second marker, sl next 19 sts to a holder, turn work, with RS facing cast on 18 sts to left needle, turn work, with WS facing p 59 from Left Front, leaving two sets of 19 sts on holders for the collar: 136 sts. (From the WS, you should have: 4 sts, m, 127 sts, m, 5 sts.)
Begin working 4 row pattern as follows:
Row 1: Knit to first m, sl m, k1, *yo, k2, ssk, k2tog, k2, yo, k1; repeat from * 13 times more, sl m, k to end.
Row 2: Purl to end.
Row 3: Knit to first m, sl m, *yo, k2, ssk, k2tog, k2, yo, k1; repeat from * 13 times more, k1, sl m, k to end.
Row 4: Purl to end.
Repeat Rows 1-4 until Back measures 20 inches from the point where you joined the sides.
Bind off all sts.

Collar

Working the 19 sts from the holder on the Left Front, work 10 rows in St st; leave on a spare dpn.
Repeat for the 19 sts on the Right Front; leave sts on a spare dpn.
Graft the two collar bands together using the Kitchener stitch.
Leaving a 24 inch tail, cut yarn, and seam the edge of the collar to the 18 sts that you cast on between the front pieces.

Detail

FINISHING

Weave in ends and block using your preferred method.

Detail

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Joanna Johnson is the author and pattern designer of the knitting picture books Phoebe’s Sweater and Freddie’s Blanket which are illustrated by her husband, Eric, and published by their independent press, Slate Falls Press. She enjoys working with what she believes to be the perfect combination of materials: books and yarn.

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