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The "Dummy Clap" Shawl

October 2008
Worsted / 10 ply (9 wpi) ?
5 stitches and 6 rows = 1 inch
US 10 - 6.0 mm
480 - 500 yards (439 - 457 m)
25x65 (extra long)
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ERRATA: use this pattern after all of the stockinette.

2 Dropped stitches laddering:
BO2, drop 2 sts, (CO1, PSSO)-5X, BO3 until the last 5 sts; Drop 2, (CO1, PSSO-3X), BO3

1 dropped stitch laddering:
BO2, drop 1 st, (CO1, PSSO)-3X, BO3 until the last 4 sts; Drop 1, (CO1, PSSO-3X), BO3

The instructions in italic mark asterisks. I don’t know why it automatically does that.

NOTE: this pattern underwent a full revising 4/20/12 to delete the crocheting edge and to include “1 dropped stitch” laddering as well as the “2 dropped stitch” laddering (like the original). Now in a pdf!


I’ve gotten a question about the repetition math for the this shawl. I’ll use the 1-stitch drop pattern for an example of why you need to cast on 79sts with a multiple of 4+3:

I’m going to used the terms (X) and (Y) to explain how knitting pattern repetition works. A (X)+(Y) multiple means that you use the stitch pattern (X) for the desired amount of times(reps), and (Y) is the amount of stitches left over at the end because it can’t fill another repetition completely. It’s like fractions, when you have leftovers and not a perfect rounded-out number.

Here is the math that we use for this particular multiple (4+3) to get the cast-on amount (79):

Lets say (X) is “4” and (Y) is “3”…
That means that you are doing 19 repetitions of 4(stitches, and these are your actual pattern-repeat stitches), plus 3 additional stitches at the end. The pattern didn’t need to tell you to repeat it (19) times, but if you did the 4-stitch pattern repeat on and on across the shawl, it would lead you to do it 19 times, with a leftover of 3 stitches (and the pattern tells you what to do with the leftover 3 stitches).

About the pattern:
This pattern is named so because it’s supposed to be the dumbed-down version of the popular “Clapoltis” pattern.