Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Help for the echo flower shawl

In the beginning of January we started the Echo Flower shawl knit-along (KAL) on Ravelry. It's been really fun but along the way we noticed that some notice shawl knitters (Eddie included) were having trouble understanding the construction of a triangular shawl.

Shawl construction
We have tried making a drawing of the construction of the Echo Flower shawl to help you visualise how the shawl is worked.

Historic Crafts Echo Flower construction
Echo flower shawl construction (copyright Historic Crafts)

  • You basically begin the shawl in the middle of the long side (upper border) of the triangle (pink on the drawing) by making a garter stitch rectangle. For more on starting a triangular shawl have a look at Damp City Knits post on the Garter Tab Cast on. This leaves you with 11 stitches (3 on each side and 5 on the long edge).

  • This rectangular garter stitch tab is also the beginning of the garter stitch top border (green on the drawing) which you work by knitting the 3 stitches at the start and end of each row. These are not on any of the charts but remember to work them for the whole shawl.

  • The remaining 5 stitches from the long edge of the rectangle are used for the setup chart (blue). The setup chart is only worked once and includes the center stitch. Putting in a stitch marker before it help you keep track of it.

  • The flower chart (purple) makes the body of the shawl. This chart needs to be worked once on each side of the center stitch. So you work border stitches - flower chart - center stitch - flower chart - border stitches. You repeat the flower chart 8 times for the shoulderette and 13 times for the shawl.

  • The border charts (1-3) (yellow) are worked in the order they are numbered. The center stitch is erased and becomes part of chart 2.

  • Finally the edge chart (teal) is worked once continually across the whole body of the shawl.

2 into 9 stitch
There has also been a bit of confusion about how to work the 2 into 9 and 3 into 9 stitches. We have made a little video showing how to do this. The important thing here is to keep the stitches loose.

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  3. Thank you so much! I just spent two hours trying to understand how to start this pattern. I was considering finding a new one even though my heart was set on it!


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