Llama Shawl Finish (Pattern)

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Good Morning from the Smoky Mountains!

The llama shawl finish:

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9/16/8 First, complete last shawl knit row. Then, cast on six stitches of border yarn on the circular needle next to live shawl stitches. With a straight needle the same size as the circular needle (my circular needle was an 11 and the only straight needle I had on hand was a 10 1/2 … it worked), slip the first border stich (one you just cast on) onto the straight needle. Then, knit four stitches. You now have one border stitch remaining on the circular needle. Slip that last border stitch onto the straight needle. Now, slip the next stitch on the circular needle (a live shawl stitch) onto the straight needle. Rearange the needles so that you can knit two together (the two stitches you just slipped onto the straight needle). Now, turn your work. Slip the first stitch onto the circular needle (that’s the K2 you just completed), knit the rest of the stitches onto the circular needle. You now have 6 border stitches on the circular needle. Turn again. Slip the first border stitch onto the straight needle. Knit to one from the end. Slip the last border stitch and then slip the first live shawl stitch onto the straight needle. Continue in this same pattern until the next stitch is the middle stitch of the shawl (remember, that’s the one you marked with the openable marker).

Next, directions to miter the point. (to be continued…)

9/26/8 Miter Point:

‘Til you get past the point, you’ll only be working mostly with the border stitches.
Row 1 slip the first stitch, knit 4 and turn.
Row 2 slip the first stitch, knit to end (this and all even rows)
Row 3 slip the first stitch, knit 3 and turn.
Row 4 repeat row 2
Row 5 slip the first stitch, knit 2 and turn. (see the pattern?)
Row 6 repeat row 2
Row 7 slip the first stitch, knit 1 and turn.
Row 8 repeat row 2
Row 9 slip the first stitch, kinit 4, slip the last border stitch then slip the slip the shawl stitch (that middle stitch), then reposition your needle so that you can knit the two stitches you just slipped over together and turn
Row 10 repeat row 2
Row 11 slip the first stitch, knit 1 and turn
Row 12 repeat row 2
Row 13 slip the first stitch, knit 2 and turn (again, see a pattern developing?)
Row 14 repeat row 2
Row 15 slip the first stitch, knit 3 and turn
Row 16 repeat row 2
Row 17 slip the first stitch, knit 4 and turn
Row 18 repeat row 2
Row 19 slip the first stitch, knit 4 and then slip the last border stitch and then the next shawl stitch and then reposition the needles so you can knit the two stitches you sliped together.

Continue on the pattern above along the live edge of the shawl picking up a “live” shawl stitch every two rows, as you had been before you got to the point.

I’ve tried to make the directions clear. It’s always easier in my head than when I try to write it out. Questions? Just ask.

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Smoky Mountains

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We made it safely.  Today was a perfect day.  We stopped in Waynesville for freshly baked apple turnovers pies.




We visited Haywood Community College where we discovered a grist mill. At the college, I picked up a MasterWeaver III loom (circa 1982) which I had won on ebay.  I had hoped to bring it back to Florida but unless one of us is strapped to the roof, I’m not sure that’s going to happen.  Continuing on our ramble, we stopped at the Mast General Store where I snagged a pair of shoes 50% off and a huge bag of olde timey candy.  A perfect day ending in a feast of fried chicken and fried green tomatoes.

Oh, and that llama shawl.  I fulled the finished shawl and blocked in on the porch where it dryed flat.  The finished shawl…

Next week, a week of weaving at Stecoach.  More next week on that.

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Garter Stitch Top Down Shawl Pattern

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Simple Garter Stitch Top Down Shawl

Select circular needle to compliment the yarn size.  I used size 11.  Cast on three stitches.

Row 1 Knit 3 (3 stitches) (notice this and all odd numbered row “knit”)

Row 2 K1, yo, K1, yo, K1 (5 stitches)

I use an openable marker to mark the center K1 stitch.  Don’t encircle the entire stitch or you won’t be able to tell front from back.  Put it through the face of the center K1 and you’ll always know the front.  Since you always knit uneven rows and yarn over only on the front the marker makes it a lot easier to remember what you are doing.  I move the marker up every ten rows or so, so that I can easily tell front from back as I knit.  After you work the pattern for awhile, you’ll see that you “K1, yo”, then knit to the middle back.  You “yo” just before and after the center stitch.  Then knit to within one stitch of the end of the row, finishing with a “yo, K1”.  

Row 3 Knit 5 (5 stiches)

Row 4 K1, yo, K1, yo, K1, yo, K1, yo, K1 (9 stitches)

Row 5 Knit 9 (9 stitches)

Row 6 K1, yo, K3, yo, K1, yo, K3, yo, K1 (13 stitches)

Row 7 Knit 13 (13 stitches)

Row 8  K1, yo, K5, yo, K1, yo, K5, yo, K1 (17 stitches)

Row 9 Knit 17 (17 stitches)

Continue established pattern.  Each even row the K# will increase 2 with every row.  Just knit between yo’s and you won’t need to count.  Remember to knit uneven rows (back). 

FINISH (#1)  Chiengora

The hypotenuse (the long side of the triangle) falls across the shoulders.  The two (2) short sides are the “live” stitches.  The sum of the two short sides, the live stitches you have loaded on the needles, is longer than the hypotenuse.  When center line down the back is long enough bind off.  Bind off by starting on an even (front) row.  At the beginning of the row just K1 then K1 again.  (No “yo’s”, yarn overs.)  Take the first stitch back over the second stitch and drop it off.  Continue across the live stitches.  You’ve finished the shawl!

FINISH #2 Llama Shawl

While I wanted the shawl simple and rustic, I  found the shawl very plain.  I decided to add a contrasting border to lift the finished look.  The Silk Sliver with Rambouille yarn  http://seabreezespinners.com/category/articles/hand-spun-yarn/ I just finished was too white.  I had some previously spun wool which was naturally yellowish white which blended better with the tone of the llama. 

Will post FINISH #2 next post.


Chiengora (dog hair) Lacy’s Shawl

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Finished (Chiengora article 3 of 4 )

First the finished shawl was soaked in “Soak”, rinsed, soaked again, rinsed, and then soaked in Ikaria deodorizing pet shampoo, rinsed and spun dry in non-agitating front loading washer.  The completed shawl had been placed in a net laundry bag before being placed in the washer.  The water temperature throughout was “cold”, that is, straight from the tap which in Florida in the summer is room temperature not really “cold”.  Even wet through, there was no doggy odor (thank goodness).  Then the damp shawl was blocked by laying it out on the living room floor and coaxing it into shape and then left to dry flat.

The fiber was harvested over the past year and spun at different times.  Some was spun quite thin (lace weight) and other thicker (sport weight).  Using the different weights as bands creates interest, one of those serendipity things.  (If one chose to lessen the effect, the yarn could be used in progressively heavier or lighter weights to lessen the contrast moving from weight to another or one could be more technical and record settings and thickness each time they sat to spin.  Thereby having greater consistency.  Me, I just like to spin.)   On Shasta Daisy’s blog http://fiberfanaticblog.artisticexpressionsinwoolandglass.com/spinningpad.html  she reports her dog, Princess Vanity, provides different fiber in the spring than in the autum shed.  Something to consider.  I’ve just gathered and co-mingled my “harvests” in the past, but from this point forward I plan to be more mindful of the seasons.

FINISHED So soft …






I’m not sure which is harder to photograph, a black shawl or a black dog.  (I put a white t-shirt under the shawl to better photograph the lace.)

Thank you for visiting http://Seabreezespinners.com/

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Chiengora “Lacy” Shawl

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In progress. (Chiengora article 2 of 4)

I’m knitting the thick & thin two ply chiengora into a simple garter stitch triangular shawl.  Unlike the other shawl featured, “Handspun Knitted Shawl”, this one starts at the center back at the neck and the “live knitting” continues down the sides.  (I’ll post the pattern later.)  This is a great choice for any hand spun.  It creates a chevron (diagonal patterns) across the back which highlights variances in the yarn. 

I hope to finish the shawl today.  Afterwhich, I’ll clean it (the dog hair was spun without cleaning first which helps hold the short stapled fiber together), full it, and block it by laying it out to dry.  More later.

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Moonlit Queen Anne

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It’s continuing to grow slowly.  I find that I can only knit it when I’m concentrating on the project and I can think.  Mostly I knit without thinking and this is a challenge for me.  Notice the tag with the “25””.  I found “tags etiquettes” by MSCO at Office Depot.  Any small price tag would do.  These are 3/4″ X 1 3/32″.  I tied the tag to the last stitch of row 25.  I will continue to tag rows every so many.  This is so if I get into the knitting and discover I’ve gotten way off of the pattern I can frog back to the last tag and know where I am.











Go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MMarioKKnits/ to see photos of beautiful completed shawls. 

Thanks for visiting my blog SeabreezeSpinners.com and come back again.

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Moonlit Queen Anne’s Lace Shawl

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Just before leaving the office yesterday to get home to wind safe the yard, I received a delivery of lace yarn from Moorehouse Farm Merino http://morehousefarm.com/   Last week, I had found the most amazing yahoo group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MMarioKKnits/ which inspired me to start my first lace project. As we watched into the night to see where Hurricane Fay was likely to make landfall, I started my Moonlit (the irony of the colorway name was not lost on me) Queen Anne’s Lace Shawl.   [On the MMarioKKnits yahoo group site they have absolutely beautiful photos of shawls.  They have patterns and help available as well.  (I would have posted a photo of a completed shawl but want to honor copy rights but do go to the group … you will be delighted and amazed !)]

The storm looks like it is going to miss us.  It made landfall at Naples (below us) and is expected to cross the state and return to the Gulf north of Tampa (above us).  It appears that for Florida, it won’t amount to much more than a tropical storm, the unpleasant cost of living in paradise.  Our prayers are with those who may be affected by the errant tornado and for those on the Louisiana and Texas Gulf Coasts who may be impacted by Fay once she re-emerges in the gulf and gets up steam once again.  For me, it will be a day to catch up on my housekeeping and to get to a little spinning and knitting.

I will keep you posted as to how the project goes.  Thank you for visiting http://Seabreezespinners.com/

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UPDATE Tuesday afternoon:

I transfered shawl to small circular needles I use for socks.  Notice the two stitch markers.  The orange knitting marker opens and closes and I encircled the first column of stitches.  That way, I can keep track of where each round starts.  The purple ring which I transfer from needle to needle marks the end of each round.  It makes it a lot easier to knit rounds without having to keeping checking for the end.  (I do count at the end of rows to make sure I haven’t dropped a stich and I check off rows on the pattern.  It slows things down, but I hope it will reduce the amount of froggin’ I may need to do.  Froggin’ I’ve learned is leaping back to where the pattern is correct after discovering an error.) The purple ring works great but, it can fall off or get confused with “yarn overs”.


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