Checkerboard shawl

Here is a simple knitting pattern that uses only knit and purl to create a lovely checkerboard design.

Yarn: worsted (I used Cascade Superwash)

Yardage: 500–600 yards, according to the nice lady at the yarn store

Needle size: 8

Cast on 69 stitches (or any multiple of 10 plus 9).

Each checkerboard is a 5×5 square of stitches.

For chart below, empty cells are knit on odd rows and purled on even rows. Cells with dots are purled on odd rows and knit on even rows.

Graphic version of pattern.

Knit four rows of garter stitch as a border.

Row 1: k2 (for border), (p5, k5) six times, p5, k2 (for border).

Row 2: k2 (border), (k5, p5) six times, k5, k2 (border).

Row 3: Repeat row 1.

Row 4: Repeat row 2.

Row 5: Repeat row 1

Row 6: Repeat row 1 again.

Row 7: Repeat row 2

Row 8: Repeat row 1

Row 9: Repeat row 2.

Row 10: Repeat row 1.

Row 11: Repeat row 1 again.

Continue with the pattern, alternating rows, except for every fifth row, where you repeat the preceding row in order to switch side.

When the shawl is an appropriate length, finish off your last set of five. Knit four rows of gartner switch. Bind off.

Block as appropriate to make your squares…square.

I’m still working on this first version and will post updates and corrections as I find them.

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