Friday Freebies: White Atlantic Free Shawl Knitting Pattern

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Welcome to this week’s Friday Freebies here on jriede.com! The free pattern poll this week had a clear winner – thanks to all who voted! We all love #fridayfreebies so I’ll not let you wait any longer.

Today’s free knitting pattern is White Atlantic, a knitting pattern for a stole featuring traditional Shetland lace motifs.

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You can download the free shawl knitting pattern in the shop for the next 24 hours.

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Feel free to drop me a note if you knit your own version of this lovely shawl, I’d love to see yours. Enjoy your free shawl knitting pattern!

Happy knitting! Feel free to share & spread the word :)

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Basic Knitting Techniques: Different Methods to Cast On

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I’ve been asked which method I’m using for a provisional cast on recently which inspired me to start my 30 Days To Better Knitting series with an article about cast on techniques.

All knitters seems to have their favorite cast on method – usually the first one they learned – and tend to stick to it. My favorite is also the most commonly used one: the long tail cast on.

Long Tail Cast On

The long tail cast on is one of the most common cast-on methods because it’s extremely versatile. While it helps create an even edge, which can sometimes be difficult to create with the single cast-on method (see below), it’s also a great cast on method to use on projects in which you may want a fairly elastic edging. You can find lots of tutorials on how to do a long tail cast on on YouTube.

The major drawback is that you have to be able to estimate the amount of yarn you’ll need for your cast on row at the very start of your project: if you use too little yarn, you’ll run out of yarn in the middle of your cast on and find that you have to undo your work and start over. Annoying! However, if you use too much yarn, you could end up wasting quite a bit that could be useful later on in your project eventually.

Single Cast On

The single cast on method, also known as the backwards loop method, is very popular among beginning knitters. It’s easy to learn, easy to teach, and can be done quite quickly. There are a lot of video tutorials on the single cast on on YouTube.

It has got a drawback though: it can make knitting your first row very difficult, as it’s hard to keep an even tension. The little back loops are just difficult to catch evenly.

Provisional Cast On

The provisional cast on gets used a lot in my patterns, especially when shawls are started with a small part of the neck band and picked up stitches.

I usually do my provisional cast on as follows: I long tail cast on with waste yarn, work the first row with waste yarn and change to the working yarn from there. I use it because I find it very convenient.

Alternatively, I have been using crochet cast on: chain crochet the number of stitches plus two or three additional chain loops, then pick up and knit with working yarn from the chain loops.

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Can’t I Just Do a Normal Cast On Instead Of a Provisional One?

Theoretically yes, but you will spot the cast on edge in the finished item, especially when dealing with wider edges. When working smaller edges, like in my pattern Redwing for instance, you could go without – just cast on normally, with a long tail cast on for instance, and pick up the few stitches from the cast on edge – it’s barely noticeable as there are so few stitches and this part of the neckband is not shown prominently.

What’s your favorite cast on method and why?

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Friday Freebie Pattern Poll: Free Knitting Patterns For Shawls

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Which free shawl knitting pattern do you want to see as this week’s Friday Freebie? There are three lovely free knitting patterns for shawls to choose from this week. Shown from top to bottom: Alpine Fuchsia Stole, White Atlantic and Orenburg Meets Germany.

Alpine Fuchsia Stole by Julia Riede

White Atlantic Knitting Pattern by Julia Riede

Orenburg Meets Germany by Julia Riede

Vote here for your preferred free knitting patterns for shawls to be featured in this week’s Friday Freebie!

Which pattern should be the next Friday Freebie?

  • White Atlantic (47%, 69 Votes)
  • Orenburg Meets Germany (29%, 42 Votes)
  • Alpine Fuchsia Stole (24%, 35 Votes)

Total Voters: 146

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Happy voting :) #fridayfreebie

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Fridayfreebie free knitting patterns for shawls

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WIP Wednesday: Knitting With Paper Yarn

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I’m in Braunschweig currently, relaxing for a few days at my boyfriend’s place after a week full of moving related stress and being busy. The city has a lovely yarn shop named Stilblüte where I purchased some Ito and GGH yarns yesterday.

This is the first swatch I made on our way back, still in the car – I just couldn’t wait to start knitting with paper yarn.

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The lower part (shown in brown) is made of Ito Yarns Wagami, a 100% paper yarn which shows a lovely texture knitted up. The upper (white) part is Ito Yarns Men, 100% recycled cotton.

Notice the difference in row gauge? I’m going to play with this setup to create an alternative version of an S-shaped shawl which will be shaped by this difference only, without the usage of any short rows.

s-shaped shawl pattern

Just started! What’s on your needles this week?

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Friday Freebies: Hug Me Free Shawl Knitting Pattern

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Every Thursday, the upcoming free pattern of the week is posted on my Instagram (@jriedeknits) and Twitter (@jriedeknits) – feel free to follow me for previews!

Welcome to this week’s Friday Freebies here on jriede.com! The free pattern poll this week had a clear winner – thanks to all who voted! We all love #fridayfreebies so I’ll not let you wait any longer.

Today’s free knitting pattern is Hug Me, a knitting pattern for a circular shawl.

Hug Me free knitting patterns for shawls

 

You can download the free shawl knitting pattern in the shop for the next 24 hours.

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Feel free to drop me a note if you knit your own version of this lovely shawl, I’d love to see yours. Enjoy your free shawl knitting pattern!

Happy knitting! Feel free to share & spread the word :)

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