Dotted Rays


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  • This is a PDF knitting pattern

    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.

  • 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.

    Fingering weight

    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.

    40” US 6 / 4mm circular
    40” US 8 / 5mm circular used for small worsted weight version

    Tapestry needle

    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.

    For a 3-color faded version of Dotted Rays, follow the original PDF for Dotted Rays along with these color fading notes:

    Cast on and begin with color A (the lightest color).
    Once you have approximately 30g remaining of color A, begin striping color A & color B together using each color for 2 rows. When you start striping colors, try to introduce color A when you begin a new short row wedge. For example, start striping colors A & B on any numbered row like Row 23 or Row 25. These are the "yo twice" rows which begin a new short row wedge.
    Once you finish color A, use color B on its own until you have about 30g remaining of color B. Then stripe color B & color C together for 2 rows each until you are out of color B. 
    Finish the shawl with C on its own.
    You can bind off after completing any even numbered WS row. For example, you can bind off early after completing Row 30 or you can bind off after Row 32. If you have more yarn and want to continue knitting the large size, you can bind off after Rows 34, 36, or 38.

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  • Small Version (green)
    The Plucky Knitter Primo Fingering
    Colorway - With a PH

    Large Version (striped)
    Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light
    Viola Sock
    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
    Malabrigo Sock
    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.