Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Ready for Spring Shawl - Avalon

Avalon was one of my favorite yarns for this spring.  The Cotton blend plays well on the needles and has great stitch definition.  It took a while to tell me what it wanted to be.  Sometimes I touch and see a yarn and it is screaming at me.  Avalon needed some time to decide, but I think I am quite pleased with the results.

Top-down shawls are fun and great travel projects.  I discovered a new bind-off in the process - Icelandic bind off.  It is a great edge for a shawl - it has some give to it.  I used 2 colors for this shawl - you could easily use more or less.

Materials:

  • Avalon (50% Cotton/50% Acrylic - 175 yds/100g) - 2 sks color A (18 - Turkish Sea) & 1 sk color B (25 - Georgia Peach)
  • US 8 Needles (I would suggest at least a 32-40" cord on the circular needles)
  • 2 Stitch Markers
  • Yarn Needle


Finished Measurements (after blocking):
58" across top edge
24" from point to top edge

Gauge unimportant


Abbreviations:

  • K - Knit
  • YO - Yarn Over
  • sl1-K1-psso - Slip 1 stitch (purl-wise), Knit 1 stitch, pass slipped stitch over knit stitch
  • K2tog - Knit 2 Together

Pattern:
Cast on 4 stitches


Set-up

-K1, YO, K2, YO, K1
-K
-K1, YO, K1, YO, pm, K2, pm, YO, K1, YO, K1
-K

Begin Pattern:
1. K1, YO, K1, *[YO, sl1-K1-psso] - repeat until marker, YO, K2, YO, K1, *[YO, sl1-K1-psso] - repeat to last stitch, YO, K1
2. (all even rows) - K
3. K1, YO, K to marker, YO, K2, YO, K to last st, YO, K1
5. K1, YO, K1, *[YO, K2tog] - repeat until marker, YO, K2, YO, K1, *[YO, K2tog] - repeat until last stitch, YO, K1
7. K1, YO, K to marker, YO, K2, YO, K to last stitch, YO, K1

Repeat rows 1-8

Do 3 repeats of A and 1 repeat of B - 3 times

Do 2 repeats of A
Icelandic bind off (AKA - Stretchy Bind off) - Video and instructions available on verypink.com
1 - With yarn in back, insert tip of right needle into 1st stitch on left needle as if to purl and catch right side of 2nd stitch
2 - Pull 2nd stitch through 1st stitch and knit it, slipping both stitches off the needle
3 - Slip the stitch from right needle to the left
Repeat steps 1-3 until all are bound off



Weave in ends.
Block using favorite method.

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