Finished Shawl is approximately 54” x 15”. Shape is rectangular with the pleated border on the bottom and two sides.
Worsted Weight Yarn
I used 4 skeins of Plymouth Encore.
Gauge is not that important. Use a slightly larger needle than usual.
Cast on a multiple of 6 stitches plus 3. I cast on 447 stitches on a long needle. Do not join. If you have two long needles, use these two to knit back and forth. When casting on a large number of stitches, use a strand from two separate balls. Cast on the long-tail method using one strand from each ball, then cut one strand, leaving a tail to weave in later. This saves having to estimate the amount of yardage for such a long cast on. Also, put markers every 50 stitches so you don't have to recount so many times.
K 3 P 3 for pleated border. About 2.5 inches.
Reduce by 2/3 by K 3 tog, P 3 tog across. 298 stitches
Work a few rows in k 1 p 1 ribbing.
Change to pattern in body of shawl. You can use anything you like here as long as your pattern is a multiple of 4—or adjust stitches as needed. I kept it simple.
Right Side: Knit across
Wrong Side: Knit 3 Purl 1 across
It is not a reversible pattern but looks good on both sides.
When you have the depth you want (mine is 12.5 inches) DO NOT Bind off.
Starting at a top corner, pick up along one end with live thread. Adjust so you have a multiple of 3. Do the K3 P3 for the same length as the original pleated border. Cast off starting at the bottom edge so that your last bind off stitch is at the top edge. Knit across top of shawl in pattern to the other top corner. Pick up along other edge and again, make sure you have a multiple of 3. K 3 P3 along that edge for the same width pleat. Cast off starting at bottom edge.
You are now at the top of the shawl with live stitches. Work across the whole top edge which includes two pleated border edges and the top edge of the body of shawl. Pick up a stitch or two where the pleat joins the body to make a smooth join. Knit one more row across.
Cast off using the Stretchy Bind Off: Knit 1, *YO, Knit 1. Pass first stitch and YO over next stitch. Repeat from *