Successful Shawl Design: Homework for Module One

Swatching Leaves for the Successful Shawl Design Course

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.

Successful Shawl Design Assignment One: My Yarn Selection

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.

Source: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/

(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.

Successful Shawl Design Homework: Leaves Edging Swatch

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.

Successful Shawl Design Homework: Leaves Swatch

 

“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…

 

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2 comments

  1. Elsabe Vermaak says:

    This looks so beautiful, Julia, I wish I had the time to participate! I would love to see how it develops. Looks like the ideal design to make into a triangle.

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