Aerophile

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Jan 172013
 
Aerophile

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 . . .

Triangulate

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Nov 072012
 
Triangulate

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 . . .

Eldora

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Sep 262011
 
Eldora

A quick and easy garter stitch hat, Eldora is perfect for showing off variegated yarn. This hipster beanie is cast on provisionally and knit sideways with short row shaping, then the first and last rows are grafted together for a seamless finish. Techniques & Skills Used: Provisional CO, knit, short rows, grafting; a link is provided to my short rows tutorial, and grafting instructions are included. Size: Child (Adult); 19” circumference and 7.75 (8.5)” height; the stretchy garter stitch and single ply wool will accommodate many head sizes. Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted (100% merino wool; 210 yards/100g); 1 skein, shown in Deja Vu, or approximately 100 (110) yards of worsted weight yarn. Other Materials: US 9 (5.5mm) 16” circular needle or 32” circular needle if using Magic Loop, or size to match gauge; Scrap yarn for provisional CO; Yarn needle. Gauge: 16 st and 32 rows/4” in garter stitch, after gentle blocking. Row gauge determines hat circumference in this sideways knit. See it on Ravelry, to read more and download the free pattern.     . . .

Hoopla

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Sep 262011
 
Hoopla

Luxury yarn and beads paired together make Hoopla an elegant long stole with a fancy hoopskirt border, while short row shaping creates a face framing beaded shawl collar. Unusual edging stitches keep the knitting interesting, and soothing garter stitch ensures rapid progress; together the result is stunningly simple. Techniques & Skills Used: beaded CO, knit/purl, lace, beading (prestrung and crochet hook methods, with link to video tutorial), short rows; this pattern includes both a chart and written instructions for the border. Size: 12” deep and 60” long, after blocking. Yarn: Madelinetosh Pashmina (75% Merino, 15% Silk, 10% Cashmere; 360 yards/329m); 1 skein, shown in Composition Book Grey. Other Materials: US 7 (4.5mm) 40” circular needle; Stitch Markers (11); Yarn needle; 389 size 6/0 seed beads; beading needle for stringing beads; Size 1.25mm crochet hook for placing beads. Gauge: 16 st and 44 rows/4” in stockinette stitch; one scallop is approximately 5” long. Gauge is not critical for this project, however a different gauge may result in a smaller or larger finished stole, and different yardage . . .