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Machine knit shawl with lace using Shawl in a ball.
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May 5, 2017 10:00:17   #
Peanut Tinker
I was inspired by all the wonderful women that I meet weekly at a knitting group. They are all incredible hand knitters and I have seen the most beautiful shawls knit by them. Not to offend anyone, but when I heard the word "shawls" I used to picture them used by elderly sick people- and boy, was I wrong. I think the word shawl gives that connotation to some people.
They are instead, fashionable, funky, creative and artistic and can be worn in many different ways.

That said, I love the colour ways of "shawl in a ball" and thought I would try to do a shawl on my knitting machine.
I wanted to do a mix of lace, so I knew that it would be difficult to do any short rowing with that technique so I just increased and decreased.
Anyway, I ended up using the standard KH940 and using the highest tension of 10++. It still wasn't quite a as loose as I wanted, but " killing" the the shawl later , helped. I also wasn't sure if the yarn would work on a standard machine, but it did.

Here is what I did simply- decrease 1 stitch on the left every second row, increase on the right every row. This gives an asymmetrical point to the shawl. I also did lace rows whenever I felt like it. You could probably do a tuck stitch or any other texture to add interest, all the while continuing the decreases and increases.

I started on the far left of the machine bed, because I knew I was decreasing on the left and increasing on the right.
-double e-wrap cast on of 5 stitches from left to right with the carriage on the right
Knit with carriage from right to left.
Dec 1 stitch on the left moving 2 left stitches to the right with a fully fashioned decrease ( meaning the second needle on the left now has 2 stitches)
Before I knit across from left to right- I increased on the right by moving the last 2 stitches on the right over by one stitch ( this leaves the 3rd needle on the right empty- but makes a nice lace hole)
Knit from left to right.
Increase 1 stitch on the right by putting a new needle into work on the right.
Then knit from right to left
Repeat this until you have stitches almost at the end on the right of the bed, since the shawl gradually moves from the left to the right of the bed. When it is close to the right , using a garter bar, or waste yarn, move the knit piece, back to the far left of the bed, and continue until you again get close to the right most part of the bed. I think I had to move mine 3 times. I used the whole ball and ended up with about 180 stitches for my last row.

I might try this again, using the midgauge but since it doesn't have a lace carriage, I might try a tuck stitch.

This is an easy knit but a bit time consuming due to the constant decreases and increases every row. I did it in one day just because I wanted to see the end result, but am hurting today!

May 5, 2017 10:08:50   #
Beautiful shawl. Thank you so much for sharing your pattern.
May 5, 2017 10:11:29   #
settermom (a regular here)
May 5, 2017 10:35:34   #
A member of my local club also used that particular yarn for a "shawl". A different shape, but the colouring also turned out beautifully.
Thanks for the "heads up" about that yarn. "shawl in a ball"
May 5, 2017 12:27:41   #
So pretty! Thanks for sharing the pattern! Ann
May 5, 2017 13:12:02   #
KateWood (a regular here)
Very pretty
May 5, 2017 14:41:35   #
That is beautiful. Very nice of you to write out the pattern for us. What is "shawl in a Ball" yarn? Is it like all those colorful cakes we are now seeing? Sharron
May 5, 2017 15:48:34   #
Oh that is gorgeous. Thanks for the great write up on the directions, too.
May 5, 2017 17:48:40   #
Peanut Tinker
sharronaw wrote:
That is beautiful. Very nice of you to write out the pattern for us. What is "shawl in a Ball" yarn? Is it like all those colorful cakes we are now seeing? Sharron

Shawl in a Ball is the name of a lion brand yarn that is actually for shawls. It is a cotton acrylic mix and although is listed as a 4, that is probably not due to the thickness, but because it is a textured yarn. I got mine at Michaels. It is around $12.00 Canadian.
May 5, 2017 18:22:24   #
Beautiful, another yarn to add to my growing (much faster than I can knit ) list of years to try. Thank you!!!
May 6, 2017 06:30:07   #
It's a lovely shawl and so wearable by young modern women. Thank you for taking the trouble to tell us how you did it. Love the yarn too.
May 6, 2017 06:48:32   #
Mad loch (a regular here)
Beautiful 👍
May 6, 2017 07:39:48   #
mlab (a regular here)
Really nice. Thank you for sharing your pattern and experience.
May 6, 2017 07:43:25   #
Beautiful i don't know if they do that yarn in England i will have to check it out Joan.
May 6, 2017 07:45:51   #
mlab (a regular here)
LoveKnitting does it -
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