Wednesday, October 5, 2016

True Blue Shawlette

True Blue Shawlette
True Blue Shawlette

On most occasions, I try to keep my knitting fairly seasonal (or representative of the months to come). I'm sure that's why I bought this yarn and started this shawlette months ago, only to get hung up by my uncooperative forearms. Now that I've finally finished the piece, though, we should all just pretend it's summer again, and that the cold breeze I felt this afternoon was actually as balmy as July's winds. Or not, in which case you can file this pattern away for next year, when you've got 300+ yards of a cotton-, silk-, linen-, or bamboo-based fiber and a hankering for a short shawl (or even a big one, if you want to keep working and you've got enough yarn!).

Yarn: Lana Grossa 365 Cotone (88% Cotton, 12% Polyamide; 153 yards [150 meters]/50 grams); #026 Türkisgrün - two skeins

True Blue Shawlette
A better look at the pattern.
Basically, just lace and garter stitch!
Needles: One 32" or longer circular needle in size US 7

Notions: Tapestry needle

Gauge: 20 stitches = 4 inches in stockinette

So let's make a little shawl thing! And in case I wasn't clear enough before, this pattern is good for those occasions when you're not sure if you've got enough yarn or not; since it's designed from the rounded bottom up, it's completely scalable in size - make it small if you've only got 300 yards, or bigger with more. No matter how much yarn you've got, however, you'll begin by casting on 3 stitches loosely, and then working 8 rows in garter stitch to create a tab of sorts. Then, without turning work, yarn over (yo) twice, pick up 1 stitch about 1/3rd of the way down along the edge of the tab, (yo) twice again, pick up 1 stitch roughly 2/3rds of the way down the edge of the tab, and (yo) twice again. Complete tab by picking up 3 stitches along cast-on edge; you should now have stitches coming from 3 sides of the tab - 3 along original working edge - 8 along the side (counting each double yo as 2 stitches), and 3 along the cast-on edge. Then, work a few set-up rows as follows:

Set-up Row 1 (wrong side): k3, purl until 3 stitches left in row, working a (k1, p1) in each double yo, k3

Set-up Row 2: k3, (yo) twice, knit until 3 stitches left, (yo) twice, k3

Knit set-up rows 1 & 2 once and then knit set-up row 1 again. You should now have 18 stitches on your needle and be prepared to start a right side row. Now, we'll begin our main pattern, which is a variation on Totem Pole from page 254 of Barbara G. Walker's A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns, and goes as follows:

Row 1: k3, (yo) twice, * p1, k2, k2tog, yo, k2, yo, ssk, k2, p1; rep from * until you have 3 stitches left in row; end (yo) twice, k3

Row 2 and all wrong side rows: k3, purl until 3 stitches left in row, working a (k1, p1) in each double yo, k3

Row 3: k3, (yo) twice, k1, p1, * p1, k1, k2tog, yo, k4, yo, ssk, k1, p1; rep from * until you have 5 stitches left in row; end p1, k1, (yo) twice, k3

Row 5: k3, (yo) twice, k3, p1, * p1, k2tog, yo, k2, p2, k2, yo, ssk, p1; rep from * until you have 7 stitches left in row; end p1, k3, (yo) twice, k3

Row 7: k3, (yo) twice, k1, yo, ssk, k2, p1, * p1, k2, k2tog, yo, k2, yo, ssk, k2, p1; rep from * until you have 9 stitches left in row; end p1, k2, k2tog, yo, k1, (yo) twice, k3

Row 9: k3, (yo) twice, k4, yo, ssk, k1, p1, * p1, k1, k2tog, yo, k4, yo, ssk, k1, p1; rep from * until you have 11 stitches left in row; end p1, k1, k2tog, yo, k4, (yo) twice, k3

Row 11: k3, (yo) twice, k3, p2, k2, yo, ssk, p1, * p1, k2tog, yo, k2, p2, k2, yo, ssk, p1; rep from * until you have 13 stitches left in row; end p1, k2tog, yo, k2, p2, k3, (yo) twice, k3

Knit rows 1 - 12 until piece measures at least 48" along needle (yes, I know that's difficult to measure since your needle will probably be shorter! You'll probably have to use gauge or your best guess, but you probably won't want it shorter than that. Longer, of course, is fine) and you've just finished row 6 or row 12 of the pattern. Then work edging rows as follows:

Edging Row 1 (right side): k3, (yo) twice, knit until 3 stitches left, (yo) twice, k3

Edging Row 2: knit, working a (k1, p1) in each double yo

Edging Row 3: knit

Edging Row 4: knit

Complete edging rows 1 - 4 and bind off loosely. To finish off, tuck in ends and block! 

True Blue Shawlette
True Blue Shawlette
True Blue Shawlette
True Blue Shawlette
True Blue Shawlette
True Blue Shawlette

14 comments:

  1. This is yet another stunning pattern! Thank you so much for sharing it!

    I love how you say, this is just lace and garter. As if that means what you've done is easy. Take it from me - I love to knit gorgeous patterns but I can't see them or design them and am in total awe of people like yourself to whom that job seems to come so naturally. You are a wonderful designer!

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    1. Thank you Meryl, that's very kind! :) And I think my biggest weakness as a designer (and possibly also strength?) is that I don't like anything fussy, and I don't like to have to follow a charted pattern line by line - I like to memorize what I'm doing and not pick up the pattern for days. Hence the simple lace and garter, since I think this design is prettier than it should be for such a basic design! :)

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  2. Gorgeous Shawl,I love those pattern of stitches, Thank you for sharing.

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    1. So glad you like it! :) And please, let me know if you ever have any questions about my site!!!

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  3. Your patterns are beautiful, thank you for sharing. I hope your arms are starting to feel better!

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    1. Thank you Lynn! They are feeling better but I'm also slowing down. :) Luckily I am able to knit again!!!

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  4. This is very lovely. I love how you show how to drape it. That's where I lack imagination...

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    1. Well my little headless lady friend helps! :)

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  5. Just bought a skein of yarn and then saw this - now I know what it will grow up to be LOL.
    Thanks as always for your work.

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    1. That's always a good feeling!!! Good luck and let me know if you have any questions!!! :)

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  6. My daughter asked me to find a pattern and do a "mystery" KAL! So, 2 daughters a neighbor and knitting friend will begin this pattern SOON, very soon! The pattern looks like enough "mystery" to keep all parties interested. Thank you for a lovely design!

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    1. Yay! That sounds fun! :) Glad you like the pattern, and let me know if you have any questions! I'm always happy to help!!!

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  7. Hiya Gretchen

    Love this pattern. I am going to try and design a baby blanket using this pattern and a light wool. Xxxx

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