Friday, September 16, 2016

Shawl Knitalong

In my last post I asked for suggestions for crafts and activities my readers would like to see on my blog. One of the suggestions I received was something with knitting. Knitting was a prominent skill on the frontier. It was useful for keeping warm. They didn't have insulated, waterproof coats back then, so they had to make the clothing they needed to stay warm.
  Sometimes the youngest children, who didn't have to leave the house every day, didn't have warm winter clothing for outdoors. It took a lot of knitting to keep everyone warm, usually the mother and the children who did not work, all the girls, and any boys under the age of ten, or earn money would sit at home and knit after school.
Cast on two stitches.

Shawl Knitalong
Here is how it works:
Every Friday I will post a small section of the project.
The pattern is easy, and if anyone needs me to explain anything please post a comment and I will try to help you. 
The written pattern will be accompanied by photographs of my project to help make it easier.
We will be working on two seperate things at once that will be put together at the end.
These abrieviations will be used: k(knit), p(purl), yo(yarn over), k2tog(knit two together), kfb(knit front and back), sts(stitches).
This is the yarn-over on the first row.

You will need:
a set of 5.00mm double point needles,
a pair of 5.00mm straight needles,
one 5.50mm crochet hook,
one skein of worsted weight yarn, your color choice,
one cake of lace weight yarn, your color choice.

Cast on 2 sts on 2 double points in worsted weight.
First row: k1yo k1.
Next row: k1 yo k1 yo k1.
This is the end for this week.
First purl row: p across.
k row: k1 yo k3 yo k1.
p row: p across.
k row: k1 yo k5 yo k1.
p row: p across.
k row: k1 yo k7 yo k1.
Purl every purl row, yo 1 st after k1 and before last st every k row.
This should give you a gradual increase forming a triangular shawl.

(Decoration) You should have a gradual curve.
Cast on 2 sts in lace weight, also using 2 double points.
First row:k1 kfb.
Next row: k across.
Next row: k1 kfb k1.
First purl row: p across.
k row: k2 kfb k1.
p row: p across.
k row: k3 kfb k1.
p row: p across.
k row: k4 kfb k1.
purl every purl row, knit 1 more before your kfb every knit row, when you have 10 sts on your needle knit stockinette for 5 rows.
It should look like this right after cast off.
Next row: k1 k2tog k across.
p row: p across.
k row: k1 k2tog k across.
p row: p across.
k row: k1 k2tog k across. Repeat k1 k2tog k across every k row, purl across every p row, until you have 2 sts left then cast off.
Leave 3 inch strand of yarn after casting off, use to tie/weave in a spiral until it resembles a rosette.

That is all for this week, I am looking forward to next Friday. Thank you for reading!

The end product rosette.


  1. I love it Maeve!! I will start tonight.

    And I really, really like your new blog look!

    1. Thank you! I am glad you like it.

    2. I started and here are the pictures of mine.

  2. Wow, do you have one for SUPER beginer? This looks great so far! It will be fun to see what happens!