Announcing New Hope Creek shawl

New Hope Creek (Payhip link) is designed to be knit with two skeins of yarn that coordinate with each other but that don’t match exactly. The shape is crescent-like — formed by knitting five triangles pointing in alternating directions.

The sample is knit with one muted skein and one that’s wildly variegated with short runs of color; I think of this as one mild and one wild. Many variations are possible: one gradient and one wildly variegated yarn, two self-striping yarns with different length stripes, multiple scrap yarns left over from other projects, even two solid yarns. Instructions are also provided for working with a single yarn.

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The shawl is worked half in garter stitch, half in reverse garter — the ridges in the narrow triangles are thus offset from the ridges in the wider ones. This helps a little bit with pooling. Also, if a less open increase is substituted, the offset helps create a subtle boundary between the triangles. (Almost exactly half the stitches are purled.)

  • Size:
    Shawl is 11.5 inches [29cm] deep, 30.5 inches [77.5cm] along the cast-on edge, and 83 inches [2.1m] along the longest edge.
  • Gauge:
    21.5 stitches and 27 ridges over 4 inches [10cm]. Gauge is important with this shawl to avoid the risk of running out of yarn.

Materials needed:

  • 393 yards [360m] fingering weight yarn in color A. Sample uses Misti Alpaca Hand Paint Sock Yarn in Blackberry.
  • 393 yards [360m] fingering weight yarn in color B. Sample uses Misti Alpaca Hand Paint Sock Yarn in Northern Lights.
  • If using only one yarn, 786 yards [720m] fingering weight yarn. US size 5 [3.75mm] circular needle (or size needed to get gauge), at least 40 inches [160cm] long.
  • 4 stitch markers. Stitch markers are highly recommended for this pattern, as the long stretches between knit and purl make the transition easily overlooked.


  • The pattern assumes you know: long-tail cast-on, knitting, purling, yarnovers, single and double decreases, and binding off with Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-off.
  • Only written instructions are available. There is no chart.
  • Schematic is provided.