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Color Inside the Lines shawl -- PDF knitting pattern

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Lines of surface crochet follow the path of waving cables to add bursts of color and texture to this asymmetrical triangular shawl. The possibilities for playing with color and design are endless!

This shawl is knit in the main color from one tip to the opposite edge with a series of cabled columns zigzagging back and forth across the fabric. The pattern includes a ribbed cable that creates columns of purl stitches. Afterward, knitters may choose to add lines of contrasting color(s) using surface crochet, which accent these purl columns within the cabled zigzags.

Surface crochet does not require much crocheting experience. If you can crochet a chain stitch, then you can easily add these lines to your knitting. The pattern includes a photo tutorial on how to add surface crochet.

This pattern offers a great opportunity for experimentation with color and effect when adding the surface crochet—use a single contrasting color, two colors, or even a rainbow of colors. One can work a central line of surface crochet within each waving column, every other column, or a random selection, and then perhaps add additional lines of crochet along the other purl columns. How much or how little surface crochet to use is entirely up to you! 

Gauge is not critical for this pattern, but using a different yarn weight or needle size will affect the size of the finished shawl.

61” / 155 cm in length and 20.5” / 52 cm deep at deepest point

830 yds / 759 m of fingering or sport weight yarn in the main color and 60 yds / 55 m in a contrasting color
Sample shown in Wollmeise Pure (383 yds / 350 m per 100 g; 100% superwash merino) in 12 Mg (MC) and Allegria (CC)

US Size 4 / 3.5 mm circular needle, at least 32” / 80 cm in length

2 sts x 32 rows per 4” / 10 cm in Cable Pattern after blocking
Approximately 22 rows along the top edge per 4” / 10 cm after blocking

Cable needle; yarn needle; size E / 3.5 mm (or slightly smaller) crochet hook
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