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Sunday Market Shawl

August 29th, 2007 (10:28 pm)

Sunday Market Shawl

Inspired by the drapey loosely woven shawls sold at the local Sunday market, I designed this scarf/shawl to be worn on cool summer nights, or warm fall days. You can use it as a shoulder wrap over a summer dress, or even over a tee shirt. This yarn is soft, and not too warm, with a lovely sheen from the silk.

Difficulty: This pattern is suitable for a beginner, it requires only the knowledge of cast on, knit, purl, yarn over, and bind off. Note: If you knit tightly you may want to go up a needle size or 2, it is meant to have nice big loose stitches. I don't think guage is important for this piece, however, it is important to keep an eye on how much yarn you have left and leave enough for binding off.

Materials: 2 skeins Noro Cash Iroha (40 g/ 99 yrds per skein), Size 6 mm Needles
[Note: if you are using a yarn other than Cash Iroha, you may want to use more yardage & knit until it is close to your desired length. I can only vouch for Noro's stretchability with blocking] My finished measurments are 65" x 16".

Loosely cast on 30 sts

Row 1: *K2, YO* Repeat ** across, ending in K2

Work scarf in stockinette stitch for 128 rows, or until you are close to the end of your second skein. Ending on a WS row.

Next row (RS): *K2, drop stitch* Repeat ** across, ending in K2

Bind off loosely.

Block as long and wide as you can stretch it.
{I used a clothing steamer and that worked great.}

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This pattern belongs to Vanessa Carter Copyright 2007. Permission is granted to use this pattern for personal use. Please do not copy any of my photos, or this pattern for commercial use or sale.

Sunday Market Shawl


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Posted by: knitfish (knitfish)
Posted at: August 30th, 2007 07:27 pm (UTC)

Thanks! I love this shawl & wear it a lot!
In line at the caff at school a fellow knitter was admiring it, and I tried to give her the pattern verbally, she looked at me like I was crazy :-P I was like, seriously! It's sooooo easy! The trick is to mad block it so it gets bigger, if you wanted a huge one you could even use 3 skeins.
Much easier that the swallowtail shawl of doom :-P


Posted by: Galena (igina)
Posted at: August 30th, 2007 09:48 pm (UTC)

I'm getting more curious when I see the last row before bind off. I have never tried that, and now I want to.

Posted by: knitfish (knitfish)
Posted at: August 30th, 2007 10:17 pm (UTC)

the trick is to drop the stitches you made with the YO's in the first row.

Posted by: Galena (igina)
Posted at: September 15th, 2007 01:40 am (UTC)

Posted by: knitfish (knitfish)
Posted at: September 15th, 2007 04:40 am (UTC)

Posted by: Galena (igina)
Posted at: September 21st, 2007 12:35 am (UTC)

Posted by: knitfish (knitfish)
Posted at: September 21st, 2007 01:30 am (UTC)

Posted by: katelassiter (katelassiter)
Posted at: October 17th, 2008 02:44 am (UTC)

Posted by: katyazusiv (katyazusiv)
Posted at: July 17th, 2008 10:30 am (UTC)

Posted by: zacherydibened (zacherydibened)
Posted at: October 17th, 2008 05:05 am (UTC)

Posted by: also known as aeris (searchingbuddha)
Posted at: August 31st, 2007 10:48 am (UTC)

I know what I'm doing this weekend!

Posted by: coach_wallets (coach_wallets)
Posted at: June 26th, 2010 10:25 am (UTC)

it is beautiful

Posted by: Leeble (leeble)
Posted at: September 9th, 2007 09:38 pm (UTC)


Posted by: Crystal (pirateonthebay)
Posted at: September 13th, 2007 04:41 am (UTC)

Love this pattern! I wore mine for the first time tonight, since it was a little cool out tonight after it rained. I haven't blocked mine, though, so it was more of a shoulder shawl than a real shawl. ;) (How short was yours before blocking? ;))

I'm going to make another for my mom, too, who was just diagnosed with breast cancer -- I hope she'll find it useful during her trips to the clinic...

Posted by: knitfish (knitfish)
Posted at: September 13th, 2007 05:46 am (UTC)

I can't remember how big it was prior to blocking. Definitly a LOT smaller. I think mine got 1/3 to 1/2 bigger in size. I used Noro Cash Iroha, so I can't vouch for the stretchyness of other types of yarn. If you find this one doesn't stretch as big as you'd like it to, you could always knit the next one and just use more yardage... like 1 or 2 more skeins. I'm glad you liked the pattern & I'd love to know how it turned out once blocked :-)


Posted by: Crystal (pirateonthebay)
Posted at: September 13th, 2007 01:20 pm (UTC)

Posted by: mortality surrounds me (tiemeinbows)
Posted at: October 23rd, 2007 07:16 pm (UTC)

Oh my gosh, I've been searching desperately for something worthy to do with my 2 skeins of Cash Iroha, and I am delighted to have found this. It's absolutely beautiful, I can't wait to start it!

Posted by: Wendy (amizada)
Posted at: December 12th, 2007 12:34 pm (UTC)
i knit shit

I looove this scarf and plan on making it but I just want to clarify something as I've never made anything like this.

When you drop the yo stitch in the last row, is that then dropping all others below that? I'm just trying to wrap my brain around it.

Posted by: knitfish (knitfish)
Posted at: December 13th, 2007 01:03 am (UTC)

yep. You are dropping a stitch and all the sts that were below it, this creates the laddering effect you see in the finished product. If you are uncertain about this, try knitting a swatch and trying out the stitch drop so you are confident when you go to drop the sts in the finished product :-)

Posted by: Wendy (amizada)
Posted at: December 13th, 2007 01:06 am (UTC)

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Posted by: knitfish (knitfish)
Posted at: January 4th, 2008 10:03 pm (UTC)
Re: Slightly confused...

No you don't drop the added sts until the end, check out the other comments to this post I've explained it there a few times :-)
Happy knitting,

Posted by: feles_mala_04 (feles_mala_04)
Posted at: January 17th, 2008 03:43 am (UTC)

I found your pattern on Ravelry and I'm *so* glad I did. Thanks for sharing!!

(kimmer on Ravelry)

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: January 30th, 2008 07:33 am (UTC)
yarn choices?

I found your pattern from Ravelry and can't wait to try it...can you answer one question, since I'm not familiar with this particular Noro yarn...what is the gauge/weight of the Noro...is it worsted, DK or fingering? Just wondering before I go digging through the stash!

Posted by: knitfish (knitfish)
Posted at: January 31st, 2008 11:42 pm (UTC)
Re: yarn choices?

It claims to be a worsted weight yarn, but in fact Noro feels a bit thinner. Something like Patons Classic Wool (a worsted weight also) would be likely too thick for this pattern. Since this design is not very dependant on gauge I wouldn't worry if the weight is not exactly the same. Also, if you aren't using Noro, I would suggest getting double to triple the yardage, as this particular yarn stretches out a lot, but other people have had to use more when substituting yarn.
You might even want to check out what others have used as a substitution on Ravelry?
Good luck.


Posted by: Andrew (secretfanofu)
Posted at: March 17th, 2008 04:38 am (UTC)

Hello! I found this pattern from Ravelry and I have a quick question: when you drop the stitches, do you YO to keep the same number of stitches..or just bind off with 30 stitches?

Edited at 2008-03-17 04:41 am (UTC)

Posted by: knitfish (knitfish)
Posted at: March 18th, 2008 03:57 am (UTC)

just bind off the 30 original sts

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: April 11th, 2008 12:52 pm (UTC)
Love this pattern!

Hi Vanessa,

I have been reading your blog for a while now and love your knitting. I loved the look of this shawl when I first saw it, and finally got around to starting it this past Saturday. I finished it on Wednesday, and after blocking, was wearing it by Thursday (unheard of for the slow and steady wins the race knitter and student that I am!). I used about 2.5 skeins of Noro silk garden. It opened up really nicely, and stretched quite well lengthwise. I am already planning another one for myself and many presents to come. Thank you!

BTW, I am from Victoria, but currently live in Quebec City. One of the things that makes me yearn to go back is the knitting culture that seems a lot more vibrant out West.

Thanks again,
Sarah LW

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: April 18th, 2008 10:32 pm (UTC)
sunday market shawl

I am somewhat new to knitting. Stockinette stitch is knit, purl, knit, alternating rows, right? So do you drop the yo's on the purl row? Please can you help, I'm confused. Thank you very much.

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: April 18th, 2008 10:38 pm (UTC)
Re: sunday market shawl

I think I get it now.

Posted by: knitfish (knitfish)
Posted at: April 19th, 2008 02:49 am (UTC)
Re: sunday market shawl

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: April 21st, 2008 03:09 pm (UTC)
Re: sunday market shawl

Posted by: unlikelycrafter.wordpress.com (ext_121114)
Posted at: September 7th, 2008 07:38 pm (UTC)
thank you!

Thank you! I love this pattern and it's such a good complement to other more complex beginner patterns. I really will make this again. (in case you want to see my comments, i blogged about it at unlikelycrafter.wordpress.com). This shawl is really fantastic!

Posted by: eruwenfuin (eruwenfuin)
Posted at: October 10th, 2008 03:10 pm (UTC)

It took me at least 15 reads and tests before I finally got this pattern. I'm amazed it's actually that easy :D. I was being so difficult. ;).

Thanks and this is a lovely beginner pattern and the shawl looks lovely. I can't wait to start on this one :D.

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