more sideways knitting

August 25, 2010


Semele is another sideways shawl, knit in one piece from tip to tip.  The stitch pattern is a traditional edging, sometimes called Great-Grandmother’s edging.

I love sideways. I do.

The drape of Posh Yarn Eva 4ply (cashmere/silk),  is simply gorgeous. Other versions are in the works… different weights and kinds of yarn. I’ve started too many even to list.

Some inkling:

seasilk semele

Above: small, narrower scarfletty version in Handmaiden SeaSilk. Of necessity small. I have only one skein. A little strangely squeaky to knit with, but drapes beautifully.

An autumn scarf in FyberSpates Scrumptious 4 ply (silk/wool):

scrumptious semele

And some random attempts:

(left: Posh Yarn Sophia 2ply, right: Indigo Moon Nature’s Harvest Silk)

This can be done…

August 19, 2010

… in three days.

Alceste knit with The Yarn Yard Crannog, a lace-weight 100% merino superwash(150 g/750 m). This laaaarge shawl  (almost 3 metres long) is knit with 1 skein.

Deadlines work

The beautiful new lace yarn — Crannog in Beetroot by Natalie of The Yarn Yard — arrived on a Friday. Knitting began Friday evening. Three days later  – a (huuuuuge) shawl (it grew mightily in blocking…).

Criteria: lace or mesh pattern must have rest rows, charts must be super easy to memorize. Quick, quick decisions —  a curved shawl shape rather than a rectangle? Yes.

The construction is, yet again, a sideways shawl knit in one piece. I like these for at least two reasons.

1. No endless rows — towards the end when you might be losing faith and want to cast on for something entirely different, the rows are getting shorter and shorter and the knitting speeds up

2. You know you will have enough yarn because you simply turn when half of it is gone (or when you think the shawl is half of what it ought to be, or when you get bored — well, ideally halfway before you get so bored you want to do anything but finish)

I wouldn’t say this was a particularly interesting knit, given the repetitiveness of the pattern. But I do love the result. The 8-row lacy border worked enough as an incentive for me to keep going… one more border repeat, one more… one more. Well, that and the deadline.


Stitch pattern for the body: Barbara Walker’s version of traditional Star Rib Mesh. It repeats over 4 stitches and 4 rows, but is really a 2-row pattern that shifts sideways (purled rows on the wrong side)

Border: open, airy lace points and a faggoting column inside

Edge: picots and a simple yo column just inside it

I didn’t want any thick borders or dividing lines between the body and the edges, so the increases and decreases are worked into the first stitch “really” belonging to the faggoting column. Likewise between the column and the border.

I think I will make a stole version of the pattern as well.

Indeed. What?

  • 3 days
  • 4 mm circulars
  • and 1:

TheYarnYard Lace

y a r n: The Yarn Yard Lace (100% merino superwash, 150g/750m) in beetroot