Orthogonal is an extra-large triangular shawl, knit in delightfully squishy garter stitch with an allover graphic pattern of perforated lines created with eyelets. Both engaging and surprisingly intuitive to knit, Orthogonal’s straightforward, top-down construction and integrated garter stitch trims keep the focus on the mesmerizing interplay of simple lace charts. Simple eyelet motifs combine and recombine in unexpected ways, creating an overall pattern that seems much more than the sum of its parts.
This pattern is written in one size; finished shawl measures 62 1/4” wide by 32 1/4” deep at center after blocking.
Note: For a shawl with more modest dimensions, you may omit the last set of charted rows before working the border and bind-off. Please note that this modification will impact both finished dimensions and required yardage.
1,160 yards (1,060 meters) of fingering-weight wool yarn
Sample shown in Brooklyn Tweed Peerie (100% American Merino wool), in color ‘Burnished’.
20.5 stitches x 41 rows = 4” square in garter lace pattern, after blocking
18-stitch chart repeat measures 3 1/2” wide after blocking
Note: Gauge is not critical for this pattern, but changes to pattern gauge will impact both finished measurements and yardage required.
One 60” circular needle in size needed to obtain gauge
Recommended size: US 3 / 3.25 mm
Stitch markers (minimum three, with one in a different color or style to designate center of shawl; up to 25 may be desired), smooth waste yarn for provisional cast-on, yarn needle for weaving in ends, blocking wires and T-pins
Intermediate: Skills required for this pattern include provisional cast-on, reading charts, knitting lace, increasing and decreasing, and picking up stitches along an edge. Instructions are provided for special techniques, as described below.
Complete instructions are provided within the pattern for the following techniques: Garter Tab Cast On, Knitted Lace Bind-Off
Instructions for lace stitch patterns are provided in charted form only.