Mind the Gap shawl

Designed by Monika O’Brien, Mind the Gap is a shawl inspired by steam punk and grunge. It’s simple and versatile, with fun colour changes.

MATERIALS

Yarn: 4ply/Fingering weight Colours A, B & C 240 metres/262 yards of each = 720 metres/786 yards in total

Shown In: Comeragh Yarns and Fibre: (100% Pure Ultra Soft Superwash Wool: 400 metres/437 yards/100g) Rainbow in the puddle,  Every breaking wave and Autumn Grass, 1 skein of each

Comeragh Yarns and Fibre: (100% Pure Ultra Soft Superwash Wool: 400 metres/437 yards/100g) Bluefish, Sirens Kiss and Falmingo Yolk, 1 skein of each

Needle: 2.75mm

Notions: Yarn needle

TENSION

There’s no specified tension for this shawl

SIZE

When blocked our sample measures

Length: 250cm and at the widest point it is 80cm

NOTES

CA refers to colour A
CB refers to colour B
CC refers to colour C

Click here for Standard Knitting Abbreviations

Pattern

Cast on 4 sts in CA

Row 1: (RS) (CA) k all sts

Row 2: (WS) (CA) k till 2 last sts, yo, k2

Row 3: Attach CB and continue on (RS) k all sts

Row 4: (CB) k all sts

Row 5: (CA) k all sts

Row 6: (CA) k until 2 last sts, yo, k2

Row 7: (CB) k all sts

Row 8: (CB) k all sts

Repeat rows 5 to 8 alternating the colours every second row and increasing amount of sts every fourth row. Continue on until you have 82 sts and the last colour you work with on both sides is CB.

Break off the two colours and attach CC

Continue on with CC only for the first section of gaps

Row 1: (RS) k all sts

Row 2: (WS) k until the last 2 sts, yo, k 2

Rows 3,4 and 5 K all sts

Row 6: As row 2

Rows 7,8,9 K all sts

Row 10: As row 2

Row 11: K10, bind off next 15sts, k10, bind off 15sts, k10, bind off 15sts, k10

Row 12: K10, cast on 15sts, k10, cast on 15sts, k10, cast on 15sts, k10

At this point you should have made three gaps, every one of them divided by 10 sts.

Row 13: (RS) k all sts

Row 14: (WS) like row 2

Rows 15,16 and 17 K all sts

Row 18: As row 2

Rows 19, 20 and 21 K all sts

Row 22: As row 2

After completing your first section of gaps, break off CC and attach CB

Row 1: (RS) (CB) k all sts

Row 2: (WS) (CB) k all sts

Row 3: Attach CA k all sts

Row 4: K until the last 2 sts, yo, k2

Alternate the colours like you did before repeating rows 1 to 4 until you will have 132 sts on your needles and you last worked with CB.

Break off the two colours and join CC

You will now work only with CC for the rest of your project.

Next you will create another gap section.

Row 1: (RS) k all sts

Row 2: (WS) k until 2 last sts, yo, k2

Rows 3,4 and 5 K all sts

Row 6: As row 2

Rows 7, 8 and 9 k all sts

Row 10: As row 2

Row 11: K10, bind off 15 sts, k10, bind off 15sts, k10, bind off 15sts, k10, bind off 15sts, k10, bind off 15sts, k10

Row 12: K10, cast on 15sts, k10, cast on 15sts, k10, cast on 15sts, k10, cast on 15sts, k10, cast on 15sts, k10

Row 13: K all sts

As well as continuing with increases on every third row, you are going to start decreasing on the opposite side of your work at each end by k2tog either the last 2 sts or the first 2 sts depending on the row.

Row 14: (WS) k2tog, k until the last 2 sts, yo, k2

Row 15: (RS) k all the sts until the last 2sts, k2tog

Row 16: K2tog, k all the sts

Row 17: K all sts until the last 2 sts, k2tog

Row 18: As row 15

Repeat rows 14 to 18 until you have 36sts left on your needles and you are at the start of the row on the RS of your work.

You will now create your last gap.

Row 1: (RS) k10, bind off 15sts, k9, k2tog

Row 2: (WS) k2tog, k8, cast on 15sts, k7, yo, k2

Continue to decrease and increase until there is one sts left.

Cast off.

Finishing

Weave in all ends and block to desired size.

Click here for a print-friendly PDF of the pattern

ABOUT THE DESIGNER

Monika O’Brien is a passionate knitter with a love for colours and natural fibres, who loves keeping her knitwear simple.  Becoming an indie dyer was natural step forward for her, drawing inspiration  from the rugged Irish landscape around her home.  She enjoys playing with colours, putting them together and watching them transform.  Her Etsy Shop, Comeragh Yarns and Fibre, shows her love of bright, strong colourways with touch of speckles and undertones.

You’ll find Monika on InstagramFacebook and Ravelry.

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