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A variable is defined as something that may or does vary or change; a variable feature or factor. I have designed this shawl to be exactly that. The stitch patterns are determined by the color changes in this project. Choose to make a magic ball out of leftover scraps, or work with those mini skeins by your favorite dyer that you have been saving up.


Variable a half-pi shawl worked from the center outward. I loved designing it with a magic ball. I had saved my leftover yarns for over a year, so by the time I began the project, I really had no idea what colors I would have coming up or in what quantities. The result is a shawl that I would probably not have envisioned myself. I tend to design my projects in a much more structured way. If the random nature of the pattern is not right for you, no problem. I have written it in such a way that it will be easy to plan your stripes and patterns throughout the shawl. For my second version, I used a Koigu KPPPM Pencil Box. I love them both, and I can’t wait to see how your version looks!


Instructions for the border are both written and charted.


This pattern has been tech-edited and tested by experienced knitters.


Skills: Knit, purl, knit two together, slip slip knit, knit front and back, yarn over



Sizes Included:
Small: 27 x 60”/ 68.5 x 152.5 cm
Large: 68”/ 173 cm x 31”/ 79 cm


• Needles: One pair 24” (60 cm) US Size 4 (3.5 mm) circular needles.
• 2 stitch markers.
• Ruler to measure gauge.
• Tapestry needle for weaving in ends.


Yarn Requirements:
Fingering-weight yarn for body: 495 (525) yards/ 454 (480) meters
Fingering-weight yarn for border: 302 (420) yards/276 (385) meters


This project is perfect for srap yarn or mini-skein sets.


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Variable Shawl

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