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Colorburst yarn glows in the knitted Northern Lights Shawl

by Charles Voth

While you could use any colorway of Colorburst by Universal Yarn this combination of purple, teal, navy, and charcoal complements the textured stitches well. This colorway is called Aurora Borealis. This shawl has lovely drape and movement and you can imagine the ridges as they wave and flow to be dancing northern lights.

Yesterday, we looked at the knitted stitch pattern that creates these elegant ridges and today you can cast on and start your own triangular shawl.

 Universal Yarn Colorburst balls

Universal Yarn Colorburst balls

 Bird’s eye view of the Northern Lights triangular shawl knit with Colorburst in the Aurora Borealis colorway.

Northern Lights is the perfect shawl to keep shoulders warm on a cool evening.

finished measurements

66” across long edge

45” along each straight edge

26” deep at center point

materials

yarn

needles

  • US 7 [4.5mm] circular needles with a cable length to your preference.

gauge isn’t essential for this design

Close-up of the Linked chain stitches that create horizontal ridges across the stockinette background.

The Aurora Borealis colorway and the Linked Chain Stitch texture enhance the long-spaced color repeats of this self-striping yarn.

abbreviations & special stitches

LH: left-hand

M1 (Make 1): Lift horizontal strand between first stitches on LH and RH needles and place on LH needle, knit through loop, twisting the strand to form a stitch.

Paired-loop-over: Bring yarn to back of work if it’s not there already, insert RH needle between 2nd and 3rd stitches on LH needle and knit up a stitch, draw the loop across the first 2 sts on the LH needle, bring yarn forward between needle tips, purl each of next 2 sts, with LH needle pass 3rd st on RH needle over first 2, return yarn to back of work if working another of these.

Reverse-lp Cast-on: Create loop by twisting working yarn over itself and placing on RH needle, tighten.

RH: right-hand

Sl: slip

St(s): stitch(es)
Lp(s): loop(s)

Tbl: through back loop

Wyib: with yarn in back

The Northern Lights shawl knit with Colorburst in the grey, purple and teal colorway called Aurora Borealis is shown draped here to show how light and airy it is. One ball makes the shawl.

The spin and loft of Colorburst yarn provides a lot of drape at almost any gauge.

Cast on 12 sts.

Rows 1 & 2: Knit.

Row 3: Wyib, sl1tbl purlwise, ssk, knit to last 4 sts, M1, k4—12 sts.

Row 4: Purl.

Row 5: Wyib, sl1tbl purlwise, ssk, knit to last 3 sts, M1, k3.

Row 6: P2, [paired-loop-over] across to last 2 sts, p2.

Row 7: K1tbl, ssk, knit to last 3 sts, M1, k3.

Row 8: P2, reverse-lp cast-on, purl rem sts—13 sts.

Row 9: Wyib, sl1tbl purlwise, knit to last 4 sts, M1, k4—14 sts.

Row 10: P2, [paired-loop-over] across to last 2 sts, p2.

Row 11: K1tbl, ssk, knit to last 4 sts, M1, k4.

Row 12: P2, reverse-lp cast-on, purl rem sts—15 sts.

Row 13: Wyib, sl1tbl purlwise, knit to last 4 sts, M1, k4—16 sts.

Row 14: P1, reverse-lp cast-on, [paired-loop-over] across to last 3 sts, p3—17 sts.

Row 15: K1tbl, ssk, knit to last 3 sts, M1, k3.

Row 16: P2, reverse-lp cast-on, purl rem sts—18 sts.

Row 17: Wyib, sl1tbl purlwise, knit to last 4 sts, M1, k4—19 sts.

Row 18: P2, [paired-loop-over] across to last 2 sts, p2.

Row 19: K1tbl, ssk, knit to last  sts, M1, k4.

Row 20: P2, reverse-lp cast-on, purl rem sts—20 sts.

Row 21: Wyib, sl1tbl purlwise, knit to last 4 sts, M1, k4—21 sts.

Row 22: P1, reverse-lp cast-on, [paired-loop-over] across to last 2 sts, p2—22 sts.

Repeat Rows 7 to 22 for pattern. 10 stitches increased each repeated set of rows. When you have about 5 yards of yarn left and you have just knit a wrong-side row, bind off with your favorite technique.

Middle aged man is wearing purple, gray, and teal shawl wrapped like a cowl around his neck.

This soft warm yarn is comfortable right next to the skin.

I hope you enjoy knitting this shawl with Colorburst yarn, there are 10 colorways to try out and the several knitted stitch patterns I’ve shared with you this week. Maybe you’ll venture into creating some of your own new textured stitches too. Enjoy the process!

This is part 5 of 5 in this series

Go back to part 4: Knitting surface stitches as you go

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