Marshmallow Hot Chocolate

Marshmallow Hot Chocolate is an aran weight, snuggly shawl with a simple lacework design. The design, by Ruth McKeon came from those cold chilly winter evenings. The kind that makes you hurry home faster. With cheeks pink from the cold nothing feels nicer than coming indoors to the bright orange flames of the fire leaping in the hearth growing higher and stronger, spreading their warmth. Then, just as the heat from the fire has spread like a blanket around you to warm you up, you curl your legs up on the sofa, with yarn and needles strewn gently across your knee, hands hugging a mug of hot smooth liquid brown chocolate with gooey soft marshmallows floating on the top. And as the cool wind blows outside you snuggle down deeper into the sofa and grip your hot chocolate a little tighter.

MATERIALS

Yarn: MC 460yds/420m Aran Weight yarn CC 230yds/210m Aran Weight yarn

Shown in: Drops Alaska: Shade Off White 02, Brown 23 (100% Wool,: 50 g  = 70 metres/77 yards)

Drops Alaska: Shade Off Beige 55 (100% Wool,: 50 g  = 70 metres/77 yards)

Drops Nepal: Shade Orange 2920, Dark Purple 4439 (65% Wool, 35% Alpaca: 50 g  = 75 metres/82 yards)

Needles: 5mm/US 8 circular needle, or sized needed to obtain gauge.

Notions: 2 Stitch markers, Tapestry needle

TENSION/GAUGE

Tension/Gauge

Gauge is not overly important with this shawl; what is important is to be happy with the tension and drape of your fabric. As a guideline, sample was worked at a gauge of 16 sts and 22 rows = 4″ [10cm] marshmallow lace stitch using 5mm needles (blocked). Please be aware any changes in gauge may affect your yardage.

SIZE

One size.

72″ [183cm] wide x 21″ [54cm] deep

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PATTERN

Garter Stitch Tab

  • Using MC and 5mm needle, cast on 3 sts, knit ten rows.
  • At the end of the last row do not turn work but rotate your work 90 degrees, yo, pick up and knit 5 sts (one stitch in each of the garter ridges), yo.
  • Rotate your work 90 degrees once again and pick up and knit another three stitches in the cast on edge. (13 sts)

Row 1 RS: Sl1, k2, pm, yo, k1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, sl1-k1-psso, k1, yo, pm, k3. (15 sts)

Row 2 WS: Sl1, k2, slm, yo, purl to marker, yo, slm, k3. (17 sts)

HOT CHOCOLATE & MARSHMALLOW – MAIN BODY

It is important to slip those edge stitches loosely to ensure the edges of your shawl don’t pucker. Do this by keeping your tension on the first three stitches loose – if you find this is not working, you might want to work a yarn over after the first Sl1 on every row, dropping it on the next row. This should help to stop those edges puckering

Work rows 1-10 ten times. (217 sts)

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HOT CHOCOLATE & MARSHMALLOW – MAIN BODY

Row 1: (RS): Sl1, k2, slm, yo, *k2, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, sl1-k1-psso, k1, rep from * to last stitch before marker, k1, yo, slm, k3
Row 2: and all WS rows: Sl1, k2, slm, yo, purl to marker, yo, slm, k3.
Row 3: Sl1, k2, slm, yo, k2tog, yo, *[k1, yo, sl1-k1-psso, k2tog, yo] twice, rep from * to last 3 stitches before marker, k1, yo, sl1-k1-psso, yo, slm, k3.
Row 5: Sl1, k2, slm, yo, k1, k2tog, yo, k1, *k2, yo, sl1-k1-psso, k3, k2tog, yo, k1, rep from * to last 5 stitches before marker, k2, yo, sl1-k1-psso, k1, yo, slm, k3.
Row 7: Sl1, k2, slm, yo, k4, k2tog, yo, *k1, yo, sl1-k1-psso, k5, k2tog, yo, rep from * to last 7 stitches before marker, k1, yo, sl1-k1-psso, k4, yo, slm, k3.
Row 9: Sl1, k2, slm, yo, k1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, sl1-k1-psso, k2, *k3, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, sl1-k1-psso, k2, rep from * to last 9 stitches before marker, k3, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, sl1-k1-psso, k1, yo, slm, k3.
Row 10: Sl1, k2, slm, yo, purl to marker, yo, slm, k3.

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HOT CHOCOLATE & MARSHMALLOW – RIPPLE BORDER

You now have a choice, you can work either a striped ripple border or a plain ripple border, instructions are given for both below.

Striped Ripple Border

Row 1 RS: With CC, sl1, k2, *yo, k1, repeat from * to last 3 sts, yo, k3.
Row 2 WS: K3, yo, k to last 3 sts, yo, k3.
Row 3: With MC, k3, yo, k to last 3 sts, yo, k3.
Row 4: K3, yo, k to last 3 sts, yo, k3.
Row 5: With CC, k3, yo, k to last 3 sts, yo, k3.
Row 6: K3, yo, k to last 3 sts, yo, k3
Repeat rows 3-6 twice more. (455 sts)

TIP – Whichever colour you wish your bind off colour to be, I suggest knitting the last two rows of the striped ripple border in that particular colour.

Plain Ripple Border

Using CC throughout,
Row 1 RS: Sl1, k2, *yo, k1, repeat from * to last 3 sts, yo, k3.
Row 2 WS: K3, yo, k to last 3 sts, yo, k3.
Row 3: K3, yo, k to last 3 sts, yo, k3.
Repeat rows 2-3 five times more, then knit row 2 once. (455 sts)

TIP – If you want the bind off colour in the MC, I suggest knitting the last two rows of the plain ripple border in the MC.

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HOT CHOCOLATE & MARSHMALLOW – BIND OFF

You now have a choice, you can work either a stretchy bind off or a picot bind off, instructions are given for both below.

Stretchy Bind Off

With RS facing,
Step 1: K2, pass both sts from RH needle back to LH needle, k2tog-tbl.
Step 2: K1, pass both sts from RH needle back to LH needle, k2tog-tbl.

Repeat step 2 until one st remains on RH needle, break yarn and pull through.
Weave in ends but do not cut.

Picot Bind Off

With RS facing,
Step 1: K2, pass both sts from RH needle back to LH needle, k2tog-tbl.
Step 2: K1, pass both sts from RH needle back to LH needle, k2tog-tbl.
Step 3: Place st back on LH needle, using knit on method, cast on 1 st, k2, pass both sts from RH needle back to LH needle, k2tog-tbl.
Step 4: [K1, pass both sts from RH needle back to LH needle, k2tog-tbl] three times.

Repeat steps 3 and 4 until two sts remain, one on RH needle, one on LH needle.

Step 5: K1, pass both sts from RH needle back to LH needle, k2tog-tbl.
Break yarn and pull through. Weave in ends but do not cut.

FINISHING

Soak finished wrap in lukewarm water for 30 minutes. Squeeze excess water out gently being careful not to twist. Lay the shawl on blocking boards (or bed, carpet etc.) and block the main body of the shawl using blocking wires and pins. To maintain the fullness to the ripple border do not stretch just leave to dry. You may if you wish pin out the picots of the picot bind off. If you don’t have blocking wires you can use cotton thread and lots of pins to get smooth and straight edges.

Let dry completely (usually overnight) before unpinning.

Cut ends and enjoy!

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ABOUT THE DESIGNER

Ruth McKeon lives in Westmeath, the very heart of Ireland. In the Midlands, where she is surrounded by an area that is rich with lakes, forests, flora, fauna, legends and lore and, for her, a little bit of magic. She loves the area, and, having grown up there, never moved away and continues to live and work in the area.

Empty needles with cakes of yarn are like an open book of possibility to Ruth and can become anything she wishes.  Every time she opens a pattern, it’s like opening the book to creative imagination. Ruth created Knitterarium in 2016, an imaginative world for knitters; where patterns and woven tales combine to create a relaxing escape from the mundane. So they too can explore the world of what if.

Copyright: All rights reserved. The pattern is intended for your personal non-commercial use only. The reprinting, reproducing, or distributing of the pattern in whole or in part is strictly prohibited. Special thanks to my tech editor Polly at Butterscotch Press and my test knitters.