Just Right: The All Points East Shawl

Have you ever come across a shawl pattern, but wished it was smaller (or larger)? I have, and I didn't end up knitting the shawl because it was too small.

The All Points East Shawl comes in two sizes (both available in kits) and each one is a bit different. Here are both versions:

Both versions of the All Points East Shawl are worked from the top down. The smaller version, shown above left, begins with a plain stockinette background with a central leaf motif. The larger version, shown above right, begins with a "branch" onto which the central leaf motif is attached. From their different beginnings, both shawls lead to repeating leaf motifs. A bit of simple crochet lends a dewdrop edge.

Knitters sometimes shy away from crochet, and I can't understand why. A bit of crochet here and there can really enhance your knitting. In this case, the crochet edging takes the shawl to a new level, adding bobbles to emphasize the points of the shawl's edging.

The crochet stitch is easy, too. Here's how you work it:

Fig. 1—Slip Stitch (SS) : Insert crochet hook kwise into st on left needle, wrap yarn as shown and draw through st on needle and loop on hook, removing st from left needle.

Fig. 2—Make Small Bobble (MSB): Insert crochet hook kwise into next st on left needle, wrap yarn and draw through st, leaving st on left needle (2 loops on hook), wrap yarn and draw through first loop on hook as shown.

Fig. 3: *Insert hook into same st on left needle, wrap yarn and draw through st, leaving st on needle (1 more loop on hook), wrap yarn and draw through first loop on hook; rep from * 2 more times, removing st from left needle after last rep (5 loops on hook, as shown). Wrap yarn and draw through all 5 loops on hook-1 loop rem on hook.

Fig. 4—Make Large Bobble (MLB): Insert crochet hook into next 2 sts on left needle as if to k2tog, wrap yarn and draw through both sts, leaving sts on needle (2 loops on hook), wrap yarn and draw through first loop on hook as shown.

Fig. 5: *Insert hook into same 2 sts on left needle, wrap yarn and draw through sts, leaving sts on needle (1 more loop on hook), wrap yarn and draw through first loop on hook; rep from * 7 more times, removing sts from left needle after last rep (10 loops on hook, as shown). Wrap yarn and draw through all 10 loops on hook-1 loop rem on hook.

I like this border; it could be used for many types of knitted shawls.

Get one of our shawl kits—the All Points East 1-Skein Kit or the All Points East 2-Skein Kit—and cast on!

Cheers,

P.S. Do you like large or small shawls? I like largish shawls, if I'm honest. I like them to be big enough to wrap around myself, but not so big so that I can't wear the point of a triangle shawl in front and throw the ends around my neck. Leave a comment and share your preference. And while you're at it, share the name of your favorite shawl pattern!

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