In this post, you will see the Mabon asymmetrical shawl knitting pattern.
This project uses three skeins in different colors of Cascade 220 yarn.
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Inspired By Mabon
Mabon is known as the pagan Thanksgiving and marks the Autumn Equinox.
This is when the day and night are equal, and when people collect gourds, pumpkins, and apples.
Mabon is in September and is a great time to appreciate your blessings, let go of negative energy, and set positive intentions going forward.
Asymmetrical Shawl – The Yarn I Used
I knit the shawl in Aran/worsted/10-ply Cascade 220 yarn, in three shades of red, but there are many colors to choose from.
This is 100% wool, very soft and warm to wear.
You can substitute with other yarn that is the same yarn weight.
Resources and tutorials you may find helpful in following this pattern:
This pattern is great for beginner or advanced knitters…
Mabon Asymmetrical Shawl Knitting Pattern
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This shawl is designed with comfort and everyday wear in mind.
The simple construction and details allow this design to be knit up in many different fibers and colors sure to fit your own personal style.
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Skill Level – Easy
Length tip to tip (wingspan) = 80 inches/203 cm.
Width at the widest point = 37 inches/94 cm.
To make the shawl larger, you can add more yarn and keep working on the repeat pattern until you get your desired size.
Gauge – 16 sts/24 rows in 4 inches/10 cm in garter stitch.
The Supplies You Need…
- Cascade 220 100% Wool, 100g, 200m/219 yards.
- Yarn Weight – Aran/Worsted/10 Ply
- Yarn A – Flamingo Heather (1008) x 1
- Yarn B – Ruby (9404) x 1
- Yarn C – Red Wine Heather (9489) x 1
- 6mm (US 10) 100cm/40″ circular needles.
- I used my interchangeable circular needles on a 100cm/40″ cable.
- I did not join in the round to knit the shawl.
- The shawl is worked back and forth on the needles – knit flat.
- The long cable was used to accommodate the number of stitches.
You can grab a free list of US and UK knitting terms here.
- CO – Cast on
- Cont – Continue
- K – Knit
- K1fbf – Knit into front, back, front (increase)
- KFB – Knit into the front and back of the stitch (increase)
- St(s) – Stitch(es)
- sl1wyif – Slip one stitch with yarn in front
- P – Purl
- Rep – Repeat
- RS – Right side
- WS – Wrong side
- YO – Yarn over
- Yarn A – Flamingo Heather (1008)
- Yarn B – Ruby (9404)
- Yarn C – Red Wine Heather (9489)
Worked flat knitting back and forth on two needles:
Set up (In Yarn A)
- CO 3 sts.
- Next row: K to end.
- Row 1 (RS): sl1wyif, KFB, K to end. (4 sts)
- Row 2 (WS): sl1wyif, K to end.
Rep rows 1 and 2 until you have 16 sts.
Begin Main Pattern Repeat
Stocking Stitch Rows…
- Row 1 (RS): sl1wyif, KFB, K to end. (17 sts)
- Row 2 (WS): sl1wyif, P to last st, K1.
Yarn Over Rows…
- Row 3 (RS): sl1wyif, KFB, *YO, K2tog – rep from * to last st, K1 (on some rows you may need to K2). (18 sts)
- Row 4 (WS): sl1wyif, K to end.
Stocking Stitch Rows…
- Row 5 (RS): sl1wyif, KFB, K to end. (19 sts)
- Row 6 (WS): sl1wyif, P to last st, K1.
Garter Stitch Rows…
- Row 7 (RS): sl1wyif, KFB, K to end. (20 sts)
- Row 8 (WS): sl1wyif, K to end.
Rep rows 7 and 8 – 8 times more (16 rows in total of garter st).
*Tip – Place a closed stitch marker on the right side of the work, so you know which side you are making the increases on.
Repeat from the first stocking stitch rows (rows 1 and 2) to the final garter stitch rows (rows 7 and 8) then rows 7 and 8 – a further 8 times more (16 rows of garter st in total) until you run out of Yarn A.
Change to Yarn B and continue to work the repeat pattern until you run out of yarn.
Change to Yarn C and continue to work the repeat pattern until you run out of yarn, leaving enough to cast off.
Cast off in Yarn C.
Finishing and Blocking
You may wish to block your shawl, you can do that as follows:
- Make sure all ends are woven in using a tapestry needle or method of choice.
- Gently block by filling a sink or water basin with lukewarm water, and add a small amount of rinse less wool wash.
- Place the items in the water and gently massage out any air bubbles.
- Drain water, gently squeezing out any excess water from the item, then roll in a towel, and stomp on the towel roll to remove any more excess water.
- Lay the item out on a towel to approx. finished wingspan measurements and allow to dry completely.
- If you want to learn more about blocking, you can read more here – Blocking Knits – 3 ways to reshape your knitting.
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