Scarf Style/Wrap Style Knit-Along

The inspirations for this knit-along are the Scarf Style and Wrap Style books (from Interweave Press); should you wish to share your creations from the book, this is a wonderful place to do it. Also welcome are helpful tips, corrections, ideas for variations, and suggestions for materials. This knit-along will last indefinitely, so join any time!

Monday, April 17, 2006

spiral capulet

I added the ribbon on, use thicker yarn, and made it longer then the pattern suggested.
How come there is only 1 Shetland triangle posted? I have been trying but unsucessful in CO.


  • At 7:21 AM, Blogger Mary said…

    It looks so pretty and feminine. I love it.

  • At 10:00 AM, Blogger Dominique said…

    Cute !

  • At 10:26 AM, Blogger Lori said…

    I did a Shetland Triangle using my own handspun silk and it turned out very nicely. It's the perfect thing over a slinky black dress that I don't have the courage to wear on its own. :-)

    The cast on for this project is the same one Evelyn Clark used for the similar Flower Basket Shawl in the fall 2004 issue of Interweave Knits. I was the technical editor for both projects, and have knitted a Flower Basket, too.

    I hope the ASCI characters in this expanded explanation of the cast on look OK when I post this.

    You start with a 4-st crochet chain for a provisional cast-on that you will unzip later. Pick up 2 sts from the bumps of the center 2 sts on the back of the chain, and knit 6 rows.

    This is what it looks like after you finish the 6th row, and have knit Sts 1 and 2 again according to the "Next row" instructions: a skinny strip on the needle (<===) with a crochet chain across the bottom of it (*****).

    2 1
    | |
    | |
    | |

    Turn the little knitted strip on its side, so the crochet chain (****) is on the left, and pick up 3 sts from selvedge of the skinny strip, 1 st from each garter ridge:

    * 5 4 3
    *------- 2
    *------- 1

    You will have 5 sts on the needle at this point. Sts 1 and 2 are your original stitches, and 3, 4, and 5 are the ones you just picked up. I can't show the needle accurately with ASCI characters because the strip will be scrunched with the sts in a straight line on the needle.

    Unzip the crochet chain you started with. If you failed to pick up in the bumps on the back of the crochet chain (like I do about every other time), it will not want to unzip. In that case, carefully pull the crocheted waste yarn out of the beginning of the strip one stitch at a time.

    This will expose some loops at what used to be the base of the strip. Before they can soften up and lose their individual loop identities, capture 2 of them on a needle. You can do this with your empty left needle, but if you find that awkward, scoop them up with the tip of the right needle, then transfer them to the empty left needle after you've caught them.

    Knit the 2 new sts, which will become Sts 6 and 7. This is how their positions relate to the original strip:

    5 4 3
    6 ------ 2
    7 ------ 1

    In reality, the sts will be in a straight line on the needle, and the strip will be stretched into a curve like this:

    7 6 5 4 3 2 1
    \ \ --------/ /

    Quick and Dirty Alternative:
    The main reason for knitting the skinny garter strip at the beginning of the original pattern is to create a reinforced area at the center top edge of the shawl.

    If the fancy cast on isn't working out for you, skip it completely, cast on 7 sts however you want, and just launch into the neck chart.

    When you finish, use the starting tail from your cast on to work overcast or whip stitches across your cast on to reinforce it, and nobody will ever be the wiser!

  • At 10:55 AM, Blogger annie said…

    I love the capulet! The white with black ribbon is perfect.

  • At 4:04 PM, Blogger miss ewe said…

    Wow... thanks for the Shetland Triangle tutorial, Lori! I'm planning to do one of those this summer in Alpaca and Silk. It's a bit more substantial than what's called for, but sooooo soft...

  • At 11:37 PM, Blogger Mari said…

    Thanks Lori for the tutorial!
    I will have to read this while having the knitting needles on hands. Yes, this is kind of challanging for beginners. It is such a pretty pattern that I was working hard to figure it out.


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