This arched shawl begins at the center with only a few stitches while yarn over increases quickly expand the shape. Garter stitch short row wedges add length to one side forming rays that gradually increase in size. The repetitive knit stitches and rhythmic short rows are easy to work while still keeping your interest, a perfect travel project! Built in I-cord edges and an I-cord bind off outline the entire shape for a clean finish. Choose one yarn or use different stash and scrap yarns for a striped effect.
Note: This listing is not for physical samples. It only includes the PDF instructions to knit this pattern.
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Size: Small Large
Finished Measurements: 60 92“ / 152 234cm wingspan, 13 22” / 33 56cm longest part between I-cord edges. Measurements taken after blocking.
The small version knit with worsted weight yarn measures 82” / 208cm wingspan, 21” / 53cm long between I-cord edges.
Yarn: Fingering weight
Yardage: 720 1200yds / 658 1097m
900yds / 823m used for the small version (pink) knit with worsted weight yarn
The large striped version used about 1200yds / 1097m total. Gather a colorful array of scraps and single skeins to work a similarly striped shawl. The last short row wedge of the large size used about 230yds / 210m and the second to last short row wedge used about 220yds / 201m.
Shown in: Small Version (green)
The Plucky Knitter Primo Fingering
Colorway - With a PH
Large Version (striped)
Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light
Malabrigo Lace (held double)
A Verb for Keeping Warm Even Tinier Annapurna
A Verb for Keeping Warm Floating
The Plucky Knitter Primo Fingering
Elsa Wool Cormo Fingering
Skein Top Draw Socks
Orkney Angora St. Magnus DK
Worsted Weight Pink Version (small size)
Quince & Co. Owl
Colorway - Canyon
Knitting the small size with thicker yarn like worsted weight will yield a larger shawl.
Needles: 40” US 6 / 4mm circular
40” US 8 / 5mm circular used for small worsted weight version
Notions: Tapestry needle
Gauge: 20 sts & 48 rows = 4” / 10cm in garter stitch with US 6 / 4mm needles & fingering weight yarn
16 sts & 32 rows = 4” / 10cm in garter stitch with US 8 / 5mm needles & worsted weight yarns
Pattern Notes: For a striped shawl, change colors whenever you like. Change colors at the beginning of any RS row. If you want to have a striped look like the large striped version, then add an accent stripe for the yarn over RS and WS rows like Rows 7 & 8, Rows 9 & 10, Rows 11 & 12, etc… These accent stripes feature a contrasting color for only 2 rows (or 1 garter ridge). Then, knit the entire short row wedge in another color. For strong graphic contrast, select yarn over accent stripes (the single garter ridge stripes) that are much brighter or darker than the short row wedge colors.
Photography & makeup by Alexandra Feo
Errata: There are some little adjustments to a few of the rows in Dotted Rays. One stitch was off in the following rows. These are the correct rows and they are represented in the updated English pattern PDF “Dotted_Rays-4.pdf”. The update was sent February 27, 2019.
Row 28 (WS): K15, (k1/p1 into double yo, k12) 18 times, k1/p1 into double yo, k11, sl3 wyif.
Row 29 (RS): K3, kfb, k2, (ssk, yo twice, k12) 21 times, k1, sl3 wyif. 326 sts.
Row 31 (RS): K3, kfb, k10, (ssk, yo twice, k13) 22 times, k1, sl3 wyif. 371 sts.
Row 32 (WS): K17, (k1/p1 into double yo, k14) 21 times, k1/p1 into double yo, k13, sl3 wyif.
Dotted Rays in printed book of Westknits Bestknits 1
The needle used in the book samples was a US 5 / 3.75mm. Use this needle or a size you need to obtain the recommended gauge.