Asymmetrical shawls are a great shape to work with. They allow you to wear your piece easily as a shawl or as a scarf. This is a fairly easy shawl to start out but it does have an intricate lace pattern for beautiful texture. Lace can be an intimidating technique in knitting but I am here to walk you through each step of the way.
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Asymmetrical Knit Lace Shawl:
Garter stitch and lace pair together beautifully in this shawl from the design team at Yarnspirations. With written instructions and full knit chart along with the video tutorial below you will be able to work through this pattern even as an adventurous beginner.
After you grab your free pattern at the link below you will be ready to join me in making this shawl. You will see that the pattern calls for a 29″ circular needle. At first glance this may seem like a very long needle but it is needed to accommodate all of the stitches we will have a t the end of this shawl.
Gauge and Shawls:
Typically when talking about a shawl gauge is not super important. While this can be true in most cases you will want to still check your gauge with this pattern because we are only using one ball.
After doing all of the work of the beautiful lace stitches you won’t want to run out of yarn before you finish. Typically with one ball patterns most of the yarn is used to create the pattern so be sure to check gauge so you have enough yarn to finish.
What You Will Learn:
- Knit stitch
- purl stitch
- kfb (knit front and back)
- pfb (purl front and back)
- sl k2tog psso (slip 1, knit two together, pass slipped stitch over)
- adding a life line
Life Lines in Lace Knitting:
A life line is a piece of thread, or other stringing material, that is used to save your place in your work. When working on a lace or cables there is often a lot of things that can go wrong. If you forget to do a yarn over, or place the cable in the wrong spot, you will end up having to rip out your work to get back to the spot. Ripping out your work can be scary since the stitches are then live and sometimes have a mind of their own.
Using a life line gives you a spot to rip back to where you know that your stitches were perfect and a spot where you stitches can’t run away from. One life line in your project won’t be enough. Life lines should be used every few rows, this will allow you to have different spots that you can rip back to.