Friday, September 21, 2007
Easy Peasy stash busting Garter Shawl
The yarn needed for this pattern is variable, You can make it as big or as small as you like, and use up all your bits and bobs.
I had two skeins of wool yarn with splices in it. I hate splices. So when I take my yarn from skein to ball, I always cut it when I find a rough splice.
These particular skeins wound up in 7 balls of varying sizes.
I found some other wool yarn in complementary (and complimentary) colors, and just started knitting, from smallest ball to largest, and stopping when I felt like changing colors. As you can tell, I changed with a color order in mind, but random would look great too.
On to the pattern:
Yarn: as much as you can gather. Remember, washing instructions should match the most vulnerable of the yarns you use.
Needle: Use the size closest to the average thickness of your yarns. You can also use smaller yarns doubled to make a nice plump stitch. I used size 10.5 for this project.
Cast on 3 stitches.
Row 1: Knit every stitch until last stitch. In last stitch, make an increase (of your choice) I did a knit in front and back loop increase.
Rows 2 - last one: Repeat row 1.
When shawl is big enough, bind off loosely. A nice easy loose bind off is:
Knit two stitches, place back on left needle, knit them together through the back loop, *knit 1 more stitch, place both stitches back on left needle, knit the two stitches together through the back loops* repeat between * * until you reach the end.
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Here she is all sprawled about: