Wednesday, November 18, 2015

A Wee Shawl for Phoebe

I was intrigued by the Larkrise to Candleford shawl I had seen on Soulemama and Ravelry. It looks like a warm hug!  I'm actually watching the Larkrise to Candleford miniseries right now, but I haven't seen anyone wearing the shawl yet.

There were some similar patterns on Ravelry, but they were all beyond my abilities or patience to increase said abilities. I boldly struck out on my own and I think it worked (and I wrote the details below in case you want to try, too)!  But Phoebe keeps growing, so I'm not sure how long it will work.

How I made the shawl - also called a "sontag" in the 1800s

(not a "pattern" - please, I am not at that level yet!)  I used size 7 needles and medium-weight  (is that called worsted? confusing) wool yarn that I got for a song at the creative reuse shop.

I started a dishcloth, which means I cast on 4 stitches.  Knit all 4.  Then slip one, knit one, yarn over, knit the rest of the row.  Then repeat this (which adds a stitch every row while creating a picot edge) until you have 75 stitches.

Knit 25.  Keep them on their needle and bind off the next 25.  Leave the last 25 on their needle.  With a third needle, work on one of the wings of 25 stitches.  To continue the picot edge without adding any stitches, slip one, knit one, yarn over, knit two together, knit rest of row. Only do this when you are starting a row with the picot trim, otherwise just knit the whole row across.  When the wing measures four inches, start decreasing: at the picot side, slip one, knit two together, yarn over, knit two together, knit rest of row.  On the plain side, knit two together, knit rest of row. When you get down to 4 stitches, bind off. Repeat process for other wing.  Weave in ends (there will be ends at the beginning of one wing, too, but I can't quite explain the details of how I got the yarn where I wanted it - trust me, it could not have been hard because as it must be obvious by now, I can't handle hard knitting).

Sew buttons on the wing tips.  Wrap around baby with the wings going under her arms, to button on the point of the vee at the back.  Adorable and warm.


sk said...

Sort of a baby bra. Bras are good for winter.

sk said...

P.S. You're one of my favorites. I frequently look for new posts.

Lisa said...

Pretty darn good, Margo, that for somebody who's not much of a knitter, you've already devised your own pattern! Really cute, too!

Winter Fan said...

Looks very cozy. I agree with the prior comment. I've been knitting for ten years and I still can't deviate from a pattern.

Becky said...

Totally cute. I sort of want one in my size, but not at all sure how that would look....Well done on making it up as you go along!

Mother B said...

Soo clever!! She looks cozy!

Hazel said...

She does look adorable! I've been looking at the adult versions too :)
I'm knitting my mum a simple shawl for Christmas. I was showing my family how far I'd got and my son said, " So it's a triangle? Like an old lady's scarf?" Erm, yes. Thanks for that...

Incidentally we used to live in Larkrise to Candleford country (the book- they filmed the series somewhere else), in fact my daughter's first school was in 'Candleford', next door but one to the post office.

jenny_o said...

That IS adorable! And I love the photo of the two sisters.

And I agree with the commenters who are impressed with your pattern writing even though you feel you aren't much of a knitter. You have such a learning mindset, open to new things - I admire that in everything you do.


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