I love knitted shawls, especially thick and quick shawls. But finding a quick, simple pattern and great yarn can be tricky. Last month while on vacation, I visited a yarn store with my cousin. She had always wanted to learn to knit and was thrilled to take me to visit The Yarn Garden Knit Shop just outside of Atlanta, Georgia. Within 20 minutes of wandering around the store, we found some amazing and chunky yarn, along with a simple pattern to create a thick and quick knitted shawl to wear with jeans.
Finding the Perfect Knitted Shawl Pattern and Yarn
Because my cousin had never really touched knitting needles, it was super important to find an easy pattern which used large needles. We found a free scarf pattern by Katia and purchased their Washi Print yarn.
The pattern called for size 19 knitting needles, but we opted for size 15 since The Yarn Garden Knit Shop did not have size 19. Wanting to follow the pattern exactly, my cousin found size 19 needles at Hobby Lobby, but after trying them, we did not like the results of the knit because the loops were too large and open.
The Washi yarn was perfect in many ways. The pattern required two full balls, and the yarn was not expensive. It was thick and easy for a beginner knitter to manipulate. The best part: the beauty of the tied-dye effect that was machine washable.
Thick and Quick Knitted Shawl “Yarning” Lesson
Our grandmother would be so proud to see my cousin and I sitting on the couch together with yarn and a pattern. Grandma had tried to teach my cousin how to knit at one time but she was not successful. Because my cousin is dyslexic, our knitting lessons were a bit different.
Professional knitters would laugh at the language I used to teach the process of the knit stitch. “Shoot the needle out to the left, yarn around and over, pull down and out, take it off the grill”. When we had to knit front to back, we called it “loop the loop”. Before I left, I made a video so my cousin would have the ability to refer to our lesson after I traveled back home.
After several rip outs and attempts, my cousin was finally knitting on her own and thrilled with her results. The best part was her 8 year old daughter was watching our lesson and taking an interest in knitting. Both my cousin and her daughter decided we were not knitting……we were “yarning”.
My Finished Knitted Shawl
The finished shawl is triangular and knitted in the garter stitch. Increases were made only on one side of the shawl, allowing for several options for wear so check out the model on the free pattern. It took about 7 hours to complete the knitted shawl including 2 hours on my flight back home. It was awesome that American Airlines allowed knitting needles on my flight.
When I got home, I went shopping at Hobby Lobby and stumbled upon a beautiful dragonfly pin. The pin was the perfect compliment to the finished knitted shawl.
The final, finished Shawl!
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