Project Inspiration: Boneyard Shawl
The Boneyard Shawl by Stephen West has been one of our favorites for a long time now. It's simple to knit, easy to modify, and an excellent choice for new knitters who want to move on from basic stitches, as well as a great choice for experienced knitters who just want something mindless to work on. Over the years we have seen many different versions of the Boneyard- some kerchief sized, some extra large, some in solid colors, some in variegated, and some- like this new sample we just finished- stripe two different yarns together.
The Boneyard Shawl pattern is free to download. We knit it up with 4 skeins of Ultra Alpaca Light ($7) and 1 skein of Venice ($20).
This combination of yarns is a really fun one for the Boneyard, and there are a lot of choices! In addition to being soft and drapey, the Ultra Alpaca Light is ultra-affordable and available in a huge range of colors. Venice is an unusual one... It's a hand-tied yarn. Each and every skein of Venice is unique, and in the same way some yarns stripe colors, Venice shifts in and out of various textures and fibers (to see another example of Venice, check out this blog post). Each texture change was added in by hand-tying it to the previous strand, and the knots formed between the texture changes can either be ignored or snipped out and woven in.
The Venice is worked into the shawl in rows of 4. Each pattern repeat is 12 rows, so to get the same results as our sample in the photos, you will knit 4 rows of Ultra Alpaca Light, 4 rows of Venice, and then another 4 rows of Ultra Alpaca Light.
The Boneyard is knitted up on large needles (we used US size 9) to accentuate that drape and softness. It's a basic triangle shawl, mainly in stockinette stitch, with rows of purl ridges breaking it up. A wide garter stitch edge finishes it off, keeping this shawl both casual and unisex.
Of course the Boneyard doesn't need to be this large.... As I mentioned earlier- this pattern is really easy to modify! You simply follow the instructions and knit until it's the size you want, or knit until you run out of yarn (leaving enough to bind-off, of course)!
Now... the color combos. I had a tough time with this- not because it was difficult to make striking pairs- but because there were so many that I loved! I could have stood there all day endlessly making combinations that would make beautiful Boneyard Shawls. Nonetheless, I narrowed down the options and took photos of my favorite combo for each of the 6 Venice colorways. Here we go: