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shawl above is Noro's Silk Garden yarn...one ball of each color...
No, I don't remember the needle size :-)
Shawl in Garter Stitch
Print the pattern out here.
This is the
Cast on three stitches any way you want :-)
Row One - K1, YO, knit to end of row. Turn.
Row Two and all subsequent rows - Repeat Row One :-)
Continue until you run out of your chosen yarn OR the shawl is the
size YOU want.
Bind off loosely.
To bind off REALLY loosely, use a crochet hook and chain one in
between every passed stitch.
for the basic pattern:
With one ball of yarn you can make a shawl for a Teddy or Barbie,
with a whole cone of yarn you can make a shawl to wrap yourself
in on the couch on a cold winter day.
And what, you
ask, does YO mean? Yarn
over - the act of creating a stitch by wrapping the yarn around
the needle, before making the next stitch. See a diagram here.
The yarn over is your increase.
This will make
a garter stitch (every row knitted) shawl with a row of eyelets
along both sides where you increase at the beginning of each row.
The advantage to a garter stitch shawl is that it will not curl
on the edges.
to the left is the tip of first one I did in this series and because
it is chenille you hardly notice that it is garter stitch - .the
worming chenille does is another story altogether. The purple one
is set to go off to a fund-raiser - we are on to new projects!
Knit-Along Instructions and more
and more information about KnittingNovices shawls in progress!
Shawl in Stockinette Stitch (StSt)
Cast on three
Row One K1,
YO, knit to end of row. Turn
One until you have a total of ten stitches on the needle. Now, you
will be dividing your work into three sections - two borders of
five stitches each in garter stitch and a center section in stockinette.
Next row K5,
place marker, YO, place marker, knit 5. Turn
Purl Rows K5,
slip marker, YO, purl center stitches (one on this particular row),
slip marker, K5. Turn
Knit Rows K5,
slip marker, YO knit center stitches, slip marker, K5
two rows until you reach the desired size. You may wish to finish
with a band of five rows of garter stitch so the top will match
the sides. Bind off loosely. Now, in the purple shawl example above,
it looks like I started with more that three stitches - so I didn't
get the nice pointy tail I like now. And it also looks like I got
to more like thirteen before I remembered to divide - five on each
side and three in the middle. Oh well, hopefully you get that idea
that these are just SUGGESTIONS and you may invent anything you
I just love
the flat simplicity of StSt - but knew I would need borders of Garter
Stitch to keep the sides flat. When I first got this yarn, which
is a tightly twisted wool, I just knew it had to be a wisteria pattern,
so I made my first (and probably last) lace shawl with WAY too many
rows in the pattern. It was NOT fun to refer to my cheat sheet every
row - but it did turn out fabulous.
Thinking Woman's Shawl
Cast on two
stitches Row One K1, YO, K1
Row Two K2, YO, K1
Row Three K2, YO, K2
OK...now you will use the little gray cells and THINK - As you can
see in the gray shawl above - I want the increases to be in the
center of the point section and then split to divide the sides when
we have enough stitches. The best way to handle this is to LOOK
you are knitting every stitch - as you get toward the middle of
your row LOOK for the yarn over from the previous row(see pink sample
on the left - mine are on the needle backwards.
pink stitch in the center on the left needle - it's the YO from
the previous row - learn to feel it coming. When I am here (just
finished the stitch BEFORE the previous YO - this is place I want
to do a YO for this row - before I knit the slanted stitch in the
Work in garter placing the YOs in the middle of the row and BEFORE
the slanted stitch (YO from the previous row. Continue until you
have the number of stitches needed for your border.
The gray silk
shawl has ten stitches in each border, so when I completed the row
that gave me a total of twenty stitches I divided as follows: Division
Row K10, place marker, YO, place marker, K10. This YO is your first
center body stitch.
of the Shawl K10, slip marker, YO, knit to marker, slip marker,
K10 Repeat this row until the shawl is the desired length. You may
want to end with 10 rows of garter stitch to match the sides.
and Wear :-)
the winter garden is a tightly twisted wool...I'll never do a twenty
row lace pattern again :-) In 2002 I sent this to the CIC Shawls
for Caregiver's Project.
photos and text copyright 2001 by Yours Truly