Chaukor (pronounced chalk-ore) is a rectangular shawl featuring a grid-like, textured lace pattern. The stitch pattern (worked over a multiple of 15 stitches and 18 rows) was inspired by the beautiful tie-and-dye fabrics of Rajasthan, India, and also the state’s breathtaking architecture – haveli windows in particular.
The pattern includes both written instructions and a chart.
To knit the shawl, you cast on a total of 81 stitches, including 6 border stitches (3 on either edge) that are knit on every row and 75 stitches (15 x 5) between the borders that are worked in the Chaukor stitch pattern.
Yarn – Two skeins of Cascade Heritage Solids or approximately 850 yards of any fingering weight yarn that blocks well and has good stitch definition. I used a little less than 2 skeins of the Cascade Heritage Solids in the “Moss” color (5612).
- US size 6 (4 mm) for knitting
- US size 7 (4.5 mm) for casting on loosely (optional).
- Tapestry needle to weave in ends
- 6 stitch markers (if using)
- Blocking pins (and wires, if using)
Gauge in pattern stitch (after blocking) :
- 4 inches = 24 stitches and 28 rows
- Length – 71 inches, Width – 13 inches
- k – knit
- p – purl
- YO – yarn over
- k2tog – knit 2 together
- ssk – slip, slip, knit
- s2-k1-psso – slip 2 stitches as if to knit together, knit 1, passed slipped stitches over the knit stitch (2 stitches decreased)
- PM – place marker
- SM – slip marker
- RS – Right side
- WS – Wrong side
Chaukor Stitch Pattern (Worked over a multiple of 15 stitches and 18 rows)
- Row 1 (RS) – *k1, YO, ssk, k9, k2tog, YO, k1*; repeat from * to *
- Row 2 (WS) – purl all stitches
- Row 3 – *k2, (YO, s2-k1-psso, YO, k1) three times, k1*; repeat from * to *
- Row 4 – *p1, k13, p1*; repeat from * to *
- Row 5 – same as row 3
- Row 6 – same as Row 4
- Row 7 – *k2, YO, s2-k1-psso, YO, k5, YO, s2-k1-psso, YO, k2*; repeat from * to *
- Row 8 – *p1, k5, p3, k5, p1*; repeat from * to *
- Row 9 – same as row 7
- Row 10 – same as row 4
- Row 11 – same as row 3
- Row 12 – same as row 4
- Row 13 – same as row 3
- Row 14 – purl all stitches
- Row 15 – *k2tog, YO, k11, YO, ssk*; repeat from * to *
- Rows 16, 17 and 18 – Knit all stitches
Instructions to knit the scarf:
Loosely cast on 81 stitches (75 pattern stitches and 6 border stitches – 3 on either side) using the long-tail cast on and the larger needle (or your preferred cast-on method).
Switch to smaller needles.
- Knit 6 rows
- Row 7 – knit 3 stitches, place marker (PM); work Row 1 of the Chaukor stitch pattern five times, placing stitch markers after every repeat; knit the last 3 stitches. 6 markers placed.
From this point on, the first and last 3 stitches will always be knit to form a garter stitch border, and the Chaukor stitch pattern will be worked over the center 75 stitches (15 x 5).
- Row 8 – On the next row, knit 3 stitches, slip marker; work Row 2 of the stitch pattern five times, slipping markers as you go; knit the last 3 stitches.
- Continue to work rows 3-18 of the Chaukor stitch pattern between the garter stitch borders, as established above.
- Repeat these 18 pattern rows 26 more times (or fewer or more, depending on how long you want the shawl)
- Knit 3 rows (the last row you knit will be a right side row).
- Loosely cast off all stitches knit-wise on the wrong side.
Block to desired measurements. Weave in ends.