And thus ends my season-long exploration of shaping small shawls through the non-traditional use of short rows. With the publication of the fifth and final design, I have now also collected Triangulate, Piewhacket, Rondelay, Aerophile, and Rufflebye into an ebook collection; see them all together as 5 Short Row Shawls on Ravelry.
A new take on the ruffle shawl, Rufflebye is worked sideways in three garter stitch wedges which cleverly intersect to change the direction of the knitting. Increases and decreases create the shape from tip to tip, while two sets of short rows throughout form the crescent shape and the gently ruffled edging. Techniques & Skills Used: knit, increasing/decreasing, short rows, long-tail CO. Size: 10” deep at center; 45” from tip to tip if pulled straight. Rufflebye forms a natural semi-circle and measures 40” along inner semi-circumference, and 72” along outer semi-circumference, measured without stretching. The 12-stitch ruffle is approximately 2.6” and begins as soon as there are enough stitches. Yarn: Indigodragonfly MCN Sock (80% merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon, 375 yards/115g); 1 skein, shown in My Boyfriend Had A Bicentennial (Buffy). See Designer’s Notes for instructions to adjust for different amounts of yarn. Other Materials: US 6 needles, or size to match gauge, Stitch markers (2 different), Yarn needle. Gauge: 22 st and 34 rows/4″ in garter stitch, after gentle blocking. Gauge is not critical . . .
Aerophile is a one-skein garter shawl with narrow wings that stretch wide like a soaring bird which loves to fly. Each wing is knit using short rows from a provisionally cast on central spine, while the scalloped top edge is created by casting on additional stitches every six rows. After both wings are complete, a super-picot edging binds off the live stitches along the bottom edge. Choose a beautiful yarn as the focus of the shawl, and let the uncomplicated ground and simple textural edgings highlight the fiber. Techniques & Skills Used: provisional CO, backwards loop CO, knit, increasing, short rows. Size: one size;approximately 52” wingspan and 18” depth from top edge to bottom point. Yarn: Dream In Color Smooshy (100% merino), 450 yards/100g); 1 skein, shown in Deep Seaflower. Sample used approximately 425 yards of fingering weight yarn. Other Materials: US 6 40” circular needle, or size to match gauge; Scrap yarn for provisional CO and stitch holder; Yarn needle. Gauge: 20 st and 40 rows/4″ in garter stitch, after blocking. Gauge is not . . .
Everyone knows those ruffle shawls knit sideways with a short row edging; they may have been done to death, but that’s because they’re awesomely easy and cute. That sort of construction is just my sort of thing, too – garter, short rows, a lovely skein of sock yarn. Sadly it’s getting more difficult for me to find the time to knit OPP’s* or projects just for myself, particularly while in the midst of this shawl series. No point in re-designing what already exists, in plenty. Then I remembered the lovely and maddening skein of Indigodragonfly MCN Sock; the one that I’ve knit up twice and it’s still Not Quite Right. While I’ve certainly been trying, the right design hasn’t been coming – through no fault of the yarn, of course, which is luscious and dark and delightful in the fangy colorway My Boyfriend Had A Bicentennial (Buffy). It’s just the sort of yarn you want near your neck; just the sort of shade that blends many colors into one and shows best in simple garter. . . .
Piewhacket is a one-skein garter shawl constructed from three sequential short row triangles which build on each other, with a final uneven edging knit from live stitches using additional short rows. The resulting asymmetrical shape drapes perfectly around the neck and shoulders, and is completely reversible for ultimate wearability. The short row shaping means never having to work a huge number of stitches, and also shows off the unique beauty of variegated or semi-solid yarn. Techniques & Skills Used: cable CO, knit, increasing, short rows. Size: one size; approximately 52” wingspan and 8” depth (12” depth at points). Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Sock (100% superwash merino, 440 yards/100g); 1 skein, shown in Abril. Sample used approximately 375 yards of light fingering weight yarn. Other Materials: US 6 40” circular needle, or size to match gauge; Stitch markers (3 different); Yarn needle. Gauge: 18 st and 40 rows/4” in garter stitch, after blocking. Gauge is not critical for this project, however a different gauge may result in a smaller or larger finished shawl, and different yardage requirements. . . .
Almost a full month later than last year’s Halloween Snowtober, autumn 2012 segued into winter with an all day light snow here in the Delaware Valley. I was hoping for a shawl photoshoot, but snow days themselves are typically grey and dark. This morning, however, was beautiful. I love when leaves and berries are poking out from under cover. Unfortunately my lovely model is in school during the day, and the sun doesn’t come around the mountain where we live until after 9 a.m. – even if I could convince her to get up early. So a couple unmodeled shots are the best I could do. On the bright side, it’s fun to concentrate on landscape colors and how they can complement the knit; also, no fee negotiation means more dollars toward yarn!
Rondelay is a one-skein garter shawl constructed from three sequential half rounds or rondels, which grow from cast on stitches using short rows and strategically placed radial YO increases. Each rondel builds upon the previous one, creating a finished semi-circular shape that drapes beautifully as it wraps around the shoulders. Designed to show off the colors of a variegated or hand dyed skein, Rondelay looks equally fantastic in a solid color. Techniques & Skills Used: cable CO, knit, short rows. Size: one size; approximately 50” length along top edge and 9” depth at widest part of rondel. Yarn: Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Sock (100% superwash merino, 440 yards/100g); 1 skein, shown in Indiecita. Sample used approximately 410 yards of light fingering weight yarn. Other Materials: US 6 40” circular needle, or size to match gauge; Yarn needle. Gauge: 18 st and 36 rows/4” in garter stitch, after blocking. Gauge is not critical for this project, however a different gauge may result in a smaller or larger finished shawl, and different yardage requirements. See it on Ravelry, . . .
The first in a series of small shawls exploring non-traditional shaping with short rows, Triangulate is a one-skein garter shawl composed of triangles with a chevron border, and designed to show off the colors of a variegated skein, using simple stitches and beautiful yarn. The central triangle begins with a provisional CO at the center, and is knit outwards in two halves using short rows. The wide edging is knit continuously from the live stitches with no picking up necessary, and may be made narrower or wider to accommodate varying yardages. The unusual construction results in a deceptively simple shape that is easy yet interesting to knit, and versatile to wear. Techniques & Skills Used: provisional CO,knit,increasing,short rows. Size: one size, approximately 58” wingspan and 19” depth from top edge to bottom point. Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Sock (100% superwash merino, 440 yards); 1 skein, shown in Archangel. Other Materials: US 6 40” circular needle, or size to match gauge; Scrap yarn for provisional CO; Markers (2);Yarn needle. Gauge: 18 st and 40 rows/4″ in garter . . .
Seventeen days isn’t a very long time to have knit up approximately 1345 yards comprising three FO, but nothing motivates me like a challenge. I like working with benchmarks such as “40 rows per day” or such. The picture above represents my olympian achievements for the summer games – something secret, as well as the beginnings of a little collection I have in mind. I can talk about the collection idea, which will involve garter stitch and short rows, my ongoing loves, and sock yarn, of which I have far too much. Who doesn’t love mindless knitting back and forth? Even the cabley/lacey people need tv knitting. And there will be interesting edge treatments to keep things from being mind-numbing. So altogether a gold-medal games for me this summer. I certainly hope the IOC doesn’t find me and send out a cease & desist letter.
An elongated, asymmetrical wrap that combines the warmth and style of a shawl with the wearability of a scarf; Sundry means various or diverse, and this wrap features two colors, two stitch patterns and endless styling options. Cast on at the long, pointed end, Sundry has shaping at each end of rows that grow ever wider. Two colors contrast yet harmonize in solid garter stitch and houndstooth slipstitch sections; the slipstitch is easily worked using just one color per row. A simple picot bind off finishes the long straight end. Size: 24″ center depth and 112″ on longest side, after blocking. Techniques & Skills Used: cable CO, knit, increasing/decreasing, slipstitch colorwork, picot BO; the slipstitch pattern is both written and charted, and a video tutorial is included for the picot BO. Yarn: String Theory Hand Dyed Yarn Selku (50% Silk, 50% Merino; 375 yards/113g); 1 skein MC & 1 skein CC, shown in Pewter (MC) & Alexandrite (CC). Other Materials: US 7 (4.5mm) 40″ circular needle; Yarn needle. Gauge: 15 st and 30 rows/4″ in . . .