A while back, I became enamored of a certain lovely sport weight – Araucania Ranco Multi. My interest in this yarn was new to me – although I love pink, I haven’t bought a lot of pink yarn in the past and I am usually wary of variegated yarns because I am terrified of horrific color pooling [ravely link]. I guess this yarn spoke to me, though, and I ended up walking out of the store with one skein and no idea what I was going to do with it. Not really in the mood for socks, I started contemplating my other options. At 376 yards, I figured I had enough for a small shawl (as you can see from previous posts I’m really into them lately, although this shawl was actually the first!).
Because of the variations in color, I wanted to do something really, really simple – so I started knitting garter stitch and figured I would think about the edging when I got there. I found knitting on this shawl very relaxing – it was the kind of thing I could pick up any time, knit a little bit and put down when I needed to. I quickly made it to a point where I thought I must consider the edging, and I decided to continue with my simple-is-better theme and do a small attached ruffle on the edge. By casting on a few stitches and attaching the border to the shawl every-other right side row, I created a slightly ruffled garter stitch edge that I think is really cute.
I blocked the shawl very, very aggressively to make it grow. The garter stitch really opened up and left me with a soft, lightweight fabric. Emily, Kristen and I had a photoshoot with the finished project, I wrote up what I did, and . . . ta da – it’s the Skinny Ruffles Shawlette!
Pattern: Skinny Ruffles Shawlette
Yarn: Araucania Ranco Multi, 1 skein (376 yds/ 343 m)
If you want to give this one skein shawlette a try, just download the pattern below! It’s free! The pattern hasn’t been test knit (although it is a pretty simple construction), so I would greatly appreciate a note if anyone finds an error or something that could be made clearer!
ERRATA 07/23/09: The original PDF had row 2 of the set up and all WS rows as “p all sts”. Since this shawl is garter stitch, that can’t be right! Row 2 of the set up and all WS rows should be “k all sts”. Can’t believe that one got past me, but maybe it shows that I was focusing on making sure the rest of the pattern was error free? : )