KnittingHelp Monthly Challenge - February

This month’s challenge will be…


Shawls are extremely versatile projects. They come in a variety of shapes, styles, and can be worked with [I]any[/I] yarn you please, from laceweight to bulky.

They can also be done in a variety of stitches, from lace to cables, and can be worked in any shape - circular, square, triangular and spiraled.

There are many patterns available from Knitting Pattern Central, Schoolhouse Press, as well as from many books.

I will be knitting Meg Swansen’s [I]Spiral Shawl, [/I]available from Schoolhouse Press.

Good luck, I’ll be available every day to answer questions!

Ooooh, ooooh oooh! I just finished one of elann’s patterns, have started another and bought a bunch of laceweight and fingering for some more. Some of which I haven’t decided yet which pattern to use. I’ll be checking in here to see how it goes.

Ahhh!!! I’m about to start a shawl in the next couple days! woohoo!

Moonlight Sonata Shawl

Now that sounds like a very cool looking shawl. Bethoveen happens to be one of my favourite composers :slight_smile:

Ok I’m in but ya’ll are really going to have to stay on me… I want to get the Civil war shawl off my needles!!! :rofl:

i am a music freak-o matic. where is the pattern for the moonlight sonata shawl? both my parents are musicians…lol

It’s here

I just cast on yesterday for it :smiley: It’s fun!

I am trying to work up the courage to cast on for a Adamas shawl. I have bought some lace weight Malabrigo yarn which I absolutely adore. still trying to figure out what all the little symbols mean

There should be a key for the chart… It takes a bit to learn to read them at first.

One thing I find that helps me with a chart…is color coding the symbols in the chart…that way I don’t have to keep looking at the key…:thumbsup:

Thanks I will use that tip of colour coding. I still trying to figure out the stitches, have been watching videos on You Tube about Lace knitting. This will be a first for me, so will practice on some cheap yarn before I use the Malabrigo. Seems so delicate don’t want to manhandle it to much.

Hey guys! This is my first shawl and my first big lace project. I have a question about the pattern in the Moonlight Sonata Shawl (patternhere)

[B]Body of the shawl: [/B]
For the first R1 - R12 sequence, repeat [B]([/B] [B])[/B] 3 times. The edging sts and center stitch are in [B]Bold print. [/B] Stitch counts are for successive repeats of R1 - R12.

How many times do I repeat ( ) for the subsequent repeats of the pattern?

At the end of the 12 rows it has this note - “Repeat R1- R12 nine more times, or additional times for the desired length, working additional sts into pattern repeats as established.” You work the new sts into the pattern by doing more repeats of what’s between the ** according to how it fits the pattern. I think by the time you’ve done the 12 rows you should be able to figure it out.

So I’ve already had to frog like three times, but now I’ve got the hang of it :wink:

Here’s what I’ve got so far with my Moonlight Sonata Shawl in Alpaca Sox :woot:

That’s really pretty, Rachel. I see that you put in some life lines, smart thinking!

Thanks! I used Amy’s tip about putting the life line yarn into the little tightening hole on my interchangeable needles. The life line goes in as I knit :slight_smile: This method works well for me because I use two life lines. That way if I mess up on the row as I’m knitting the life line in, I still have a point I can frog back to.

I KNEW I would love lace knitting! It was really hard for me to get through that first 12 row lace pattern repeat; it took three and a half tries or so. Once I worked through it, though, I understand it a lot better and it’s going fairly quickly now :slight_smile:

I’ve been working on Kathy’s Clover-chain Shawl from “Wrapped in Comfort”. The yarn I’m using is Meredith Bay from Patternworks in a lovely purple color. I’ve got quite a bit done on it, am now in the second repeat of the pattern (there are 28 rows in the chart and you repeat them twice). The bottom edge has 12 rows which are not charted like the Yoke and the Body are. :sad:

I have never done any shawls. But I did do the BSJ that was on my list for last month. Its all sewn together and even has buttons on it.