Marly Bird Garter Stitch Shawl Knit-along Section 4

The Marly Bird Garter Stitch Shawl Knit-along  Section 4 is sponsored by Red Heart.

This is the very first KAL I’ve hosted that is based on my own pattern and includes a full set of HD videos of me demonstrating how to do each step of the shawl! Click HERE for Section 1, Click HERE for Section 2, Click HERE for Section 3; you will find the full instructions for SECTION 4 below. 


Once the KAL is complete the full pattern will be available at MarlyBird.com.

Marly Bird Garter Stitch Shawl KAL

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A SHAWL! Something that is rather simple, uncomplicated and gauge isn’t something that is super important. The project for this KAL is a rather easy shawl but it packs a lot of punch. There are many learning opportunities for me to teach you while you make this garter stitch shawl.


The official start date is March. 30, 2016 – April. 27, 2016. There will be one video released each week along with the pattern instructions for that section. You will find a full schedule at the end of this post with links as they are available.


There is a dedicated Facebook group for this KAL that is monitored by me and several of the WONDERFUL sampler knitters who tested this pattern for me. We are all there to help you with this project. Please join us!


Below you will find the instructions for SECTION 4 of the Marly Bird Garter Stitch Shawl.

THE MATERIALS NEEDED  ETA 4-3-16: please note the yarn amount required for Color C has been changed to 2 balls. 



THE GAUGE: 17 sts = 4″ (10 cm); 36 rows = 4″ (10 cm) in Garter st. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needles to obtain the gauge.


Cable Cast-on: Insert right hand needle between first 2 sts on left hand needle, k1 from this position, leave the first sts on left hand needle and slip new st onto left hand needle. Rep from * for desired number of sts.

Knitted Cast On: *Insertright hand needle knitwise into first st of left hand needle, wrap the yarn around the needle and pull through as to make a knit st, leave the first st on left hand needle and slip st just made to left hand needle (1 st CO); rep from * to required number of sts.

Let’s Begin


The applied i-cord bind off is a nice stretchy bind off that will give your shawl that little extra something. It has a really nice finished look to it. I HIGHLY recommend watching the video for this technique as I show you in two different colors so you can see very clearly what you are doing.

Reminder: you should have a total of 355 sts on your needles after Seed Stitch Section


Using the cable cast-on (shown in the video) or the knitted cast-on, cast on 4 stitches. Place those 4 stitches on the left hand needle with the other shawl stitches.

Row 1 (RS): K3 (of the cast-on stitches), k2tog (1 stitch from the newly cast-on stitches and one stitch from the shawl). Slip the 4 stitches from the right hand needle back to the left hand needle (slip them through the back leg so you don’t change the orientation of the stitch).

Repeat row 1 to the end of the row.



Once all the stitches on the shawl have been worked into the applied i-cord you will have 4 stitches remaining on the needle. You need to finish these stitches.

Option 1: In the video I show you an SSK, K2tog, Pass the ssk over the k2tog, fasten off.

Option 2: K2tog, K2tog, Pass the first stitch over the last stitch, fasten off.

Option 3: K4tog, fasten off.



If you don’t know how to weave in your ends and want to see how I do it so that they don’t come undone be sure to watch the video!




You’re DONE!

Once you finish your section be sure to post pictures to the facebook group as there will be a prize given away from RedHeart.com to one lucky person (who is randomly chosen) that has finished his or her homework during the week of April 20, 2016 – April 26, 2016 @ 11:59pm. Goodluck!

Knitaong Facebook Group

OH, One last thing! 

Be sure to use the hashtag #MarlysShawlKAL when you post about it on social media

so we can find what you are saying 🙂

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  1. M.Alma Rodriguez says:

    Marly, I purchased your mittens video in Craftsy and really liked how you explain and your teaching method so when I found your KAL, I jumped on it. I love Red Heart Soft. I made a prayer shaw with it. Almost finished with first of you beautiful pattern & shopping Red Heart for second. Congrats on a job well done. Your Mom must be so proud of you! Can’t wait to join your next KAL!

  2. Mildred says:


    Thank you for the beautiful pattern. Also, what are the colors used for the shawl you are wearing (it’s a combination of grey and burgundy or is it a plum color. Once again, thank you so much!

  3. MILDRED says:

    It’s a beautiful pattern. What color yarns are used for the shawl you are wearing in this picture. It looks like a light grey, dark grey and a burgundy color. Thank you.

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