Free Pattern! The Double Gradient Boomerang Shawl combines two different gradient or self striping yarns. This shawl can be made in any size, with any needles, any yarn, and any gauge you like.
Most all of us have at least a few gradient cake yarns in our stashes. But what do you do with them when you only have one or two skeins of each colorway? Combine them, of course!
This free shawl knitting pattern uses two different gradient yarns, perfect for when you need an easy cake yarn pattern. By knitting narrow stripes in garter stitch, we can blend two colorways together for a unique ombre look.
How to Choose Yarn for the Double Gradient Shawl
Select two yarns, either in the same gradient colorway, or in two different gradient colorways. You can use any yarns you like, as long as they are both in the same yarn weight category. I chose to use two colorways of Bernat Pop, but you could use any gradient yarn you may have. Here are a few cake yarns that would work great for this project:
If you’re not sure whether your gradients will look good together, ignore the overall color palettes of both. Instead, compare the individual colors of one gradient with the colors of the other. If you begin in the center of each cake yarn, compare the color in the very center of each cake. Then, see if the next color out from the centers of each cake go together. Continue following the colors of the gradients to see if the individual colors go together. This will help you determine whether you like the gradients together. If you’re still not sure, check out these photos from over 100 others who have knit this shawl in various color combinations.
If you want the double gradient effect, but only have one colorway, here’s another tip. Let’s say you have two 5 ounce skeins of the same gradient colorway. For Color A, use the center-pull end of one skein. Then, for Color B, use the yarn end from the outside of the other skein. That way, you will still have two gradients blending together, since one gradient is the reverse of the other.
Or, feel free to use a gradient colorway with a coordinating solid color yarn. That would look great, too!
Now that you’ve got your yarn picked out, grab a circular needle in a size appropriate for the yarn you’re using, and let’s get started!
Double Gradient Boomerang Shawl
by Yay For Yarn
Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
About 5 ounces / 140 grams of Gradient or Self-striping yarn (with very long stripes) in Color A. I used Bernat Pop in ‘Scarlet Sizzle’.
About 5 ounces / 140 grams of Gradient or Self-striping yarn (with very long stripes) in Color B. I used Bernat Pop in ‘Blue Blaze’.
*The yarn requirements given are not precise, as this pattern can be done in any size or any weight category of yarn. Different yarns / yarn weight categories will have a different number of yards per ounce / gram. The Bernat Pop I used is #4 Worsted Weight. Both yarns must be in the same weight category.
40” (101.6 cm) circular knitting needle, in a size appropriate for the yarn you are using. I suggest using the size needle that is recommended on your yarn label or slightly larger. I used a US size 8 needle.
You will also need:
Yarn Needle or Blunt Tapestry Needle
CO: cast on
BO: bind off
K2tog: knit 2 stitches together
Kf&b: knit front and back
Finished Size and Gauge will vary depending on your yarn and needle choices. My shawl measured 84” (213.36 cm) long (across the “wingspan” or neck edge from end to end) and 18” (45.7 cm) deep at the widest point (from point of shawl up to neck edge). My bind-off edge measured just shy of 40” (101.6 cm) long.
Note: A boomerang shawl is asymmetrical, meaning the point of the shawl will be off center.
With Color A, CO 5 sts.
Row 1: Kf&b, K across to last 2 sts, K2tog.
Row 2: K across to last st, K f&b.
*Switch to Color B, repeat Rows 1 and 2. Switch to Color A, repeat Rows 1 and 2.* Repeat from *to* until the shawl is the size you want, or you are almost out of yarn. With the color that comes next in your stripe sequence, work Row 1. Then, instead of knitting Row 2, BO to last st, Kf&b, BO last 2 sts. Tie off, weave in ends.
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