Cognac by Mer Almagro


December 2012
Aran (8 wpi) ?
11 stitches and 22 rows = 4 inches
in Garter St
US 10 - 6.0 mm
375 yards (343 m)
one size, adjustable
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A tasseled shawl in quick garter stitch.

A video illustrates the cast-on and bind-off technique to achieve the neat continuous i-cord edging on all three sides, with little loops at the tips. This is a bit tricky, for intermediate to advanced knitters. You can also cheat ;)

Skills: provisional cast on, increases, decreases, grafting (only three stitches :)

No purling! ;)

Some advice:

You can use other yarn weights, just choose needles that form a pleasing, loose fabric.

Be careful with yarn substitution. This shawl needs to be knitted very loose, due to its shape and particularly due to the i-cord edging.

Choose drapey yarns, for example with silk or alpaca content, or a yarn similar to the one recommended: a very soft, processed superwash merino which loosens up and grows a lot once blocked. Do not use springy woolen yarns or any yarn that will not block. You could try with very thick needles, but it is not ideal.

I advise to use larger needles than you think you might need for the yarn you’ve chosen, make a sample (with the i-cord edging), and block it.

Stretch the shawl well when you block it! the shape of this shawl is like a bird in flight, the tips point downwards a little, which works pretty well to wrap around the neck, but do stretch those points well when you block it so you get enough length.

You can easily knit this shawl larger, you just need a lot more yarn :) the “wings” eat up a lot of yarn.