Oct 082015

Not Quite Plaid | The Knitting Vortex

Colorblocks, stripes and vertical dropped stitches – it’s Not Quite Plaid, but looks vaguely tartan. An asymmetric bias shape and an atypical approach to creating a stitch pattern result in a fabric on which to combine colors for a nontraditional and modern shawl that is infinitely customizable. Choose colors and yarns that speak to you from your stash for your own perfect, (not quite) plaid.

Techniques & Skills Used: cable CO, knit/purl, increasing/decreasing; instructions are both fully written and charted.
Size: 84” length and 32” depth, customizable to any size.
Yarn: Baah! La Jolla (100% merino wool; 400 yards/366m/100g); 1 skein each of color A/Night Sky, color B/Obsidian, color C/Grey Onyx and color D/La Perla. A plied sock yarn with a somewhat tight twist helps maintain the integrity of the dropped stitches. The sample used approximately 275/100/205/215 yards of colors A/B/C/D but any amount of yarn in any combination may be used; see Designer’s Notes.
Other Materials: US 6 (4mm) 32” circular needle or size to match gauge; marker (1); removable markers (optional); Yarn needle; 4mm crochet hook (optional) for dropping stitches.
Gauge: 22 st and 28 rows/4” in stockinette stitch, after blocking. Gauge is not critical for this project, however a different gauge may result in a smaller or larger finished shawl, and different yardage requirements.

See it on Ravelry, to read more or purchase the pattern. 

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  2 Responses to “Not Quite Plaid”

  1. I just purchased this pattern and yarn to make it
    The yardage per colour seems off for color b
    Is it really only 100 yards that’s required?
    I only purchased 262 yards of each color following your direction…….

    How many stitch rows were used for the narrow stripes? I like the balance of stripes, I think that is what caught my eye


    • Hi Joan; the sample pictured used approximately 100 yards of color B; it’s a relatively smaller amount because it occurs where the shawl is still pretty narrow. That being said, the shawl is designed so that you can switch colors at any time, or repeat them as you like – it’s easily adaptable to any amounts of yardage. For the sample, the narrow stripes are 4 rows wide. Hope this helps!