Jhumka

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Jhumka, which means earring (dangler) in Hindi / Urdu, is a jewelry-inspired rectangular shawl featuring a lace pattern worked over a multiple of 22 stitches and 28 rows. You cast on a total of 74 stitches, including 66 main pattern stitches (22 x 3) in the center and 8 border stitches – 4 on either side. The shawl can be made wider or narrower, longer or shorter by adding or leaving out one or more pattern repeats.

The pattern includes both a chart and written instructions.

Yarn
– I used approx. 2 skeins or 550 yards of the Cascade 220 Fingering in the Goldenrod colorway.

Needles
– A pair of US size 6 (4 mm) needles for knitting
– US size 8 (5 mm) needle for casting on loosely (optional)

Notions:
– 2-4 Stitch markers (if using)
– Blocking pins / wires
– Tapestry needle to weave in ends

Gauge (after blocking)
– 20.5 stitches and 27 rows =  4 inches, measured over the Jhumka lace pattern

Finished dimensions
– 14.5 inches wide and 61 inches long

Abbreviations:

  • RS – Right side
  • WS – Wrong side
  • YO – yarn over
  • k2tog – Knit 2 together
  • ssk – slip, slip, knit the 2 slipped stitches together
  • (s2, k1, psso) – slip two stitches together as if to knit; knit 1 stitch; pass slipped stitches over the knit stitch (2 stitches decreased)

Jhumka stitch pattern (worked over multiples of 22 stitches and 28 rows):

 (Note: Rows 1- 14, that make up the diamonds in the pattern, can be further broken down into smaller 11- stitch repeats, but I have not done that and have written all rows as 22-stitch repeats to maintain consistency. Please refer to the chart for more clarity.)

  • Row 1 (RS) – *k3, k2tog, YO, k1, YO, ssk, k6, k2tog, YO, k1, YO, ssk, k3*, repeat from * to * for pattern
  • Row 2 (WS) and all WS rows – purl all stitches
  • Row 3 – *k2, k2tog, YO, K3, YO, ssk, k4, k2tog, YO, k3, YO, ssk, k2*, repeat from * to *
  • Row 5 – *k1, (k2tog, YO) twice, k1, (YO, ssk) twice, k2, (k2tog, YO) twice, k1, (YO, ssk) twice, k1*, repeat from * to *
  • Row 7 – *[(k2tog, YO) twice, k3, (YO, ssk) twice] repeat twice *, repeat from * to *
  • Row 9 – *k2, YO, ssk, YO, (s2, k1, psso), YO, k2tog, YO, k4, YO, ssk, YO, (s2, k1, psso), YO, k2tog, YO, k2 *, repeat from * to *
  • Row 11 – *k3, YO, ssk, k1, k2tog, YO, k6, YO, ssk, k1, k2tog, YO, k3*, repeat from * to *
  • Row 13 – *k4, YO, (s2, k1, psso), YO, k8, YO, (s2, k1, psso), YO, k4*, repeat from * to *
  • Row 15 – *k5, (YO, ssk) twice, k4, (k2tog, YO) twice, k5*, repeat from * to *
  • Row 17 – *k6, (YO, ssk) twice, k2, (k2tog, YO) twice, k6*, repeat from * to *
  • Row 19  – *k4, (k2tog, YO) twice, k6, (YO, ssk) twice. k4*, repeat from * to *
  • Row 21 – *k3, (k2tog, YO) twice, k8, (YO, ssk) twice, k3*, repeat from * to *
  • Row 23 – same as row 15
  • Row 25 – same as row 17
  • Row 27 – same as row 19
  • Row 28 (WS) – purl all stitches

Repeat rows 1 to 28 for pattern

 JhumkaChart

Pattern Instructions:

  • Loosely cast on 74 stitches using the larger needle (if using). I used the long-tail method to cast on.
  • Switch to smaller needles. Knit 7 rows.
  • On row 8 (WS), knit 4 stitches, purl 66 stitches, knit the last 4 stitches.

From this point on, the first and last 4 stitches will always be knit to form a garter stitch border, and the Jhumka stitch pattern will be worked over the center 66 stitches (22 x 3).

Stole body:

  • On row 9 (RS), knit 4 stitches; work row 1 of the Jhumka chart /stitch pattern 3 times (placing stitch markers between every repeat if you want); knit the last 4 stitches.
  • On the next row (WS), knit 4 stitches; purl 66; knit the last 4 stitches (all WS rows are worked this way).
  • Continue, as above, to knit rows 3 to 28 of the Jhumka pattern, maintaining a garter stitch border throughout.

Repeat rows 1 to 28 of the Jhumka stitch pattern a total of 14 times.  Then knit rows 1 – 14 of the pattern once more (ending with row 14 – a WS row).

(You can work fewer or more repeats of the pattern to make the stole shorter or longer. Just remember to end with row 14.)

To finish:

  • Knit 7 rows
  • Loosely bind off all stitches knitwise (on the WS).
  • Block to desired measurements. Weave in ends.
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