I’m running the very first instance of my online shawl design course Successful Shawl Design currently – the first course module has just been started this week: How To Start.
As with every course I’m doing, this one has got assignments to do.
And what kind of a teacher would I be if I’d not be committed to do the homework I ask others to do myself? So here’s my hand-in for this week.
Successful Shawl Design Homework: Module One (How to Start)
“Our first shawl design is going to be a triangle shawl worked bottom up.
This week, we are going to select yarn, needles and stitch patterns; work gauge swatches and prepare for knitting our sample shawl.
Please prepare the following:
- Make yourself familiar with the process of knitting a triangle shawl bottom up (SDIPE Vol 1, Triangle Shawls Chapter).
- Choose yarn and needles matching your yarn selection.
- Choose a stitch pattern for the main panel(s) and the edging (border).
- Work swatches in your yarn and needle selection for both main panel and border stitch patterns. Take pictures with rulers and notes about your resulting gauge.”
All right – here we go!
“Make yourself familiar with the process of knitting a triangle shawl bottom up (SDIPE Vol 1, Triangle Shawls Chapter).“
I decided I didn’t have to make myself familiar with the triangle shawls chapter in Shawl Design in Plain English for the simple reason that I’ve written this book. Never mind. ;)
“Choose yarn and needles matching your yarn selection.“
I’m using Wollmeise Pure 100% in the colorway Wasabi for the first example shawl design of Successful Shawl Design.
The needles I’m going to use are US 6 (4.0mm) circular wooden needles my sister got me for Christmas this year.
“Choose a stitch pattern for the main panel(s) and the edging (border).”
The yarn is green and I was thinking of leaves as soon as I saw it for the first time, so I’ll use leave stitch patterns for both main panels and the edging.
Browsing Pinterest for leave knitting stitch patterns, I discovered sketches of a lovely leaf-like edging.
(This leaves edging … I’ve seen this before – in an 1980s knitting books somewhere, has it been one of the Burda books on teaching knitting? Or somewhere else? I have to investigate.)
I did my own version of it in my yarn and needle combination. Here’s the result.
Searching my stitch dictionaries I came up with an additional stitch pattern resembling leaves for the main body but was not quite satisfied with the was worked, so I did my own.
“Work swatches in your yarn and needle selection for both main panel and border stitch patterns. Take pictures with rulers and notes about your resulting gauge.”
Please have a look above for pictures of the swatches. I didn’t measure them yet, details to follow…