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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Point of Origin Shawl

My first kind-of attempt at designing.



This is my geeky ode to Stargate SG1.The finished shawl has a chevron pattern going across [chevrons are the shapes around the outside of the Stargate], and will be a triangle with a circle at its point, the point of origin symbol for Earth on Stargate. It’s also my first attempt at pseudo-designing something besides a scarf or washcloth. With this colourway and yarn, it’s fun and funky looking, but with a solid fingering weight yarn I imagine it would look quite elegant. Since this is my first time writing out a pattern, I apologize in advance for anything confusing. If you find something wrong, let me know, and I’ll fix it. Please Note, if you used this pattern before May 2011, you may have found several errors. A fellow Ravelry member (to whom I am eternally indebted) test-knitted for me and helped me make corrections. Hopefully, all is now well. 


Needles: US 11/8.0mm


Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Luscious Silk in Sockgate- 1skein and a bit


Gauge: Not Applicable. Knit until it’s big enough (or you run out of yarn)


Basic Pattern: Triple Chevron Mid-Reverse, modified from: http://www.knittingonthenet.com/stitches/triplechevron.htm

Row 1 and all odd rows: Purl across

2: K1, [yo, ssk] twice, yo, sl 2 as if to knit, k1, p2sso, yo, [k2tog, yo] twice,

4: K2, [yo, ssk] twice, k1, [k2tog, yo] twice, k1

6: K1, [yo, ssk] twice, k3, [k2tog, yo] twice

8: K2, yo, ssk, k5, k2tog, yo, k1

10: K1, yo, ssk, k7, k2tog, yo

12: K5, yo, sl 2 as if to knit, k1, p2sso, yo, k4

14: K4, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k3

16: K3, yo, ssk, yo, sl 2 as if to knit, k1, p2sso, yo, k2tog, yo, k2

18: K2, [yo, ssk] twice, k1, [k2tog, yo] twice, k1

Instructions: Shawl


Note: Pattern is worked in sets of 12 stitches. Every time you reach a set of 12, place a marker at both ends of the set. Increase two every odd row. Knit the first and last stitch of all even rows- it’s not part of the stitch pattern. The first 12 rows set up the rest of the shawl. At row 14 you begin to set up for a new pattern section.


Key:
K=Knit
P=Purl
M1=Make one increase
SSK=slip two stitches knit-wise, then knit together in back of loop
K2tog= Knit two stitches together
YO=Yarn Over
P2sso= Pass two slipped stitches over a knit stitch
sl 2 as if to knit= Slip two stitches knit-wise
pm=Place Marker
^ = stitch marker/shows set divisions-slip the marker each time you come to it. (non-standard symbol- aka, I made it up, because I think it will be helpful)


1: CO 1
2: K1 in front and back of stitch = 2 stitches
3: P1 in front and back of both stitches = 4 stitches
4: K4
5: And all other odd rows: P1, m1, purl to last stitch, m1, p1
6: K6
8: K8
10: K10
12: K5, yo, sl 2 as if to knit, k1, p2sso, yo, k4
Note: At the end of row 13 you should have 14 sts on your needle.
14: K1, pm, k4, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k3 (mark set), pm, k1
Note: Slip markers where indicated by a ^.
16: K2, ^k3, yo, ssk, yo, (sl 2 as if to knit, k1, p2sso), yo, k2tog, yo, k2^, k2
18: K3, ^k2 [yo,ssk]twice, k1, [k2tog,yo]twice, k1^, k3
20: K2, K2tog, yo, ^k1, [yo, ssk]twice, yo, (sl 2 as if to knit, k1, p2sso), yo, [k2tog, yo]twice^, k1, yo, ssk,  k1.
22: K2, k2tog, yo, k1, ^k2, [yo, ssk]twice, k1, [k2tog, yo]twice, k1^, k2, yo, ssk, k1
24: K2, [k2tog, yo]twice, ^k1, [yo, ssk]twice, k3, [k2tog, yo]twice^, k1, [yo, ssk]twice, k1
26: K4, k2tog, yo, k1, ^k2, yo, ssk, k5, k2tog, yo, k1^, k2, yo, ssk, k3
28: K6, k2tog, yo, ^k1, yo, ssk, k7, k2tog, yo^, k1, yo, ssk, k5
30: K2, yo, (sl 2 as if to knit, k1, p2sso), yo, k4, ^k5, yo, (sl 2 as if to knit, k1, p2sso), yo, k4^, k5, yo, (sl 2 as if to knit, k1, p2sso),yo,k1
32: K2, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k3, ^k4, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k3^, k4, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k1
34: K2, yo, ssk, yo, (sl 2 as if to knit, k1, p2sso), yo, k2tog, yo, k2, ^k3, yo, ssk, yo, (sl 2 as if to knit, k1, p2sso), yo, k2tog, yo, k2^, k3, yo, ssk, yo, (sl 2 as if to knit, k1, p2sso), yo, k2tog, yo, k1

36: [k2, [yo,ssk]twice, k1, [k2tog,yo]twice, k1] 3 times

Complete row 37.  38 stitches on your needle. 

Repeat rows 14 thru 37 until desired length…

Continue in like. Using the basic pattern, count back the number of stitches at the start of the row before each set and knit them in pattern. Then knit the last stitches in the row which don’t belong to a set in pattern.
Bind off loosely (you may want to use larger needles) using a lace bind off. To do a lace bind off, knit two stitches together in the back of the stitch, then slip the new stitch onto the left needle and repeat.
Instructions: Circle
Note: This is knit using short rows. I know most knitters have tricks to avoid the gaps that appear when using short rows (loops, slipped stitches, etc.), but don’t use them here. You want the gaps to be visible (in fact, I emphasized them on my shawl when blocking). The gaps give it a dropped-stitch look, and make the circle look more like the vortex of the Stargate (yeah, I know, I’m a geek).
CO 13
1: knit to last stitch, leave unknit, turn
2 and all even rows: Pearl
3: Knit to last two stitches, turn
5: Knit to last 3 stitches, turn
Continue in like, stopping one stitch before the one you stopped at the last time. When you’re down to one stitch, knit all the stitches. Pearl the next row, then start over from row one. This will make a series of wedges. You want to make 4 wedges (this could vary depending on your gauge- if so, you basically want to make a pie with a missing slice)
Bind off.


Blocking:
You might want to block the shawl and circle separately before joining. That will allow you to play with the shape of the circle more.


Joining:
Lay out the shawl and circle so that the tip of the shawl fits in the missing slice of the circle. Connect using the seam of your choice.

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