FAQ: Simple Yet Effective Shawl

Sorry for the lack of posts lately – I’ve been hit HARD by some kind of nasty flu! Today I’ve got a really sore throat, a slight fever and chills. Oh and the headache from hell. Luckily, I’ve already prewritten more of these FAQs! On to it!

Doesn’t it start from the point? How come you say it starts from the neck?
The shawl does begin from the center back neck and worked down – the increases at the beginning, middle, and end of the RS rows shapes the shawl so that the rows are getting longer and longer. The bind off edge is along the bottom of the shawl, the two long edges that meet at the point.

What will happen if I don’t divide the ball? How do you make the stripes?
If you are using Noro yarn and don’t divide your ball in two, you’ll get wider stripes of colour and more of an ombre effect. I divided my ball by putting the full ball on a kitchen scale and winding off until there was 50g left on the scale. Then I wound the other half in the same direction.

To change colours, join the second ball at the first stripe and work X rows – don’t cut the first ball! Simply leave it at the beginning of the row. When you need to change back to the first ball, leave the second yarn hanging and pull the first ball loosely up the side. Carrying the yarn up this way will not be noticeable.

I’m a retailer, can I purchase your pattern wholesale?
Not quite yet, but I’m working on making my pattern line available for wholesale – stay tuned!

FAQ: Just Enough Ruffles

So I’m thinking that based on emails I get, there are a few questions that get asked over and over for various patterns. Time to put up an FAQ to reference! Today, Just Enough Ruffles!

Do I have enough yarn?
I didn’t use the full amount of 2 skeins of Malabrigo – I used approximately 380 yards.

What counts as 2 rows of stockinette stitch?
Two rows of stockinette stitch is one row knit, one row purl. One trip across your needle is 1 row, regardless of how many different rows there might be to comprise a stitch pattern.

Is it 14 wraps total, or 28 wraps total?
You should have 14 wrapped stitches on each end, so 28 total.

I don’t have the right number of stitches after the increase row!
Are you doing the increase correctly? The increase is knit front, back and front again – creating three stitches out of one. You knit into the front of the stitch but don’t remove it, swing the needle around to the back of the stitch and knit through the back loop but don’t remove it, and finally bring the needle back to the front and knit the front loop again.

How do I bind off purlwise?
To bind off purlwise, purl 2 stitches, pull the first one over and off the needle. *purl 1, pull the first stitch over and off the needle*, repeat to end. It’s the same as a usual bind off except that you are purling the stitches instead of knitting them.

How to I make it ruffl-ier?
You can add more stitches to the ruffle – I would do the increase row as written, work one row plain, then do another increase row (either tripling or doubling the number of stitches in this row) before working plain.

How do I block my scarf?
I block nearly everything the same way – soak with Eucalan, then dry flat. Keep the cast on edge straight when you lay it out, and shape the ruffles with your fingers, then let it dry!

I’m a retailer, can I purchase your pattern wholesale?
Wholesale patterns are available from Deep South Fibers!

After the increase row, I’m on the purl side! How do I do Stockinette Stitch?
Keep the pattern correct. Since the increase row is on the knit side, the next row is purl. The 4 rows of Stockinette are purl, knit, purl, knit.

If you have any other questions you’d like to see the answer to, email me!