Criss-Cross Shawl by K.M. Bedigan

Criss-Cross Shawl

April 2018
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
28 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in measured over G st
US 6 - 4.0 mm
744 yards (680 m)
150 x 53cm
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Slip stitches are a brilliant and surprisingly simple technique for combining different yarns and colours into a knitted item.
While exploring ideas for this design, I came across some images of cross-stitched embroidery pieces and felt that the construction of these stitches could be ‘translated’ into knitting, to create an interesting and beautiful fabric.

This top-down semi-circular shawl uses elongated slipped stitches and cables to create an intricate pattern that is surprisingly easy to work. Only one colour is worked at a time. The shaping is created by the increases worked on the wrong side of the shawl.

Sample shown in Sublime Baby Cashmere Merino Silk 4 Ply in he shades ‘Water Lily 005’ (MC) and ‘Piglet 001’ (CC).

744yds / 680 m fingering weight yarn (372yds/ 340 m each for MC and CC)
4mm / US6 Needle
Stitch markers (2)
Cable needle
Tapestry needle
Blocking wires / pins

28 sts x 48 rows = 4” / 10cm in G Stitch (before blocking)
28 sts x 24 rows = 4” / 10cm in G Stitch (after blocking)

One size: 59 x 21” / 150 x 53cm

Original Publication Summary

This top-down semicircular shawl is worked using only one colour at a time. The shaping is created by the increases worked on the WS of the shawl. Remember to slip all sts p-wise.

This pattern features in Issue 86 of Knit Now, which is on sale from 22nd March in supermarkets, newsagents and craft stores across the UK. Find your nearest UK stockist here. Copies can also be ordered from MoreMags or if you prefer, digital editions are available via PocketMags.