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On the Seafront
On the Spice Market by Melanie Berg
Me (and the KAL for Mairlynd pattern).
87.5" x 23.5" (220cm x 60cm).
Needles & yarn
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
9 stitches and 18 rows = 2 inches
in garter stitch, blocked
Kettle Yarn Co. TWIST
Kettle Yarn Co. TWIST
Kettle Yarn Co. TWIST
Kettle Yarn Co. TWIST
Kettle Yarn Co. TWIST
Kettle Yarn Co. TWIST
The Uncommon Thread Tough Sock
Loop in London, Islington

I’m co-hosting a KAL for this pattern, so I thought I’d better get on and knit it.

Main colour: Chrome
CC1: Glacier (very pale green)
CC2: Canal (mid green)
CC3: Ooak (light turquoise)
CC4: Macho Mint (strong turquoise/mint
CC5: Ooak (dark turquoise)
CC6:.Wicker Man (straw)

The starting point of upper left tip, has stripes of colour going from lightest to darkest, separated by short rows in the main colour.

Section 2, the short rows, are done with the main colour!!

Before you work row 1 of the second section, count how many stitches you have on your needle, divide roughly by three, and as you knit row 1, place your markers after the first third, then another marker after the second third. (When you look at the your needle, the markers will be at a point either side of the middle).

Knit row 2, which now has the markers in place. The instructions say to remove the markers, but I actually leave them in, being careful not to let them drop as I turn to do row 3. This is to alert me to the double stitch on row 4. It’s easy to spot when you done it a few times, but if you are learning, it’s helpful. You can remove the marker as you knit the double stitch.

Some of the rows do not divide into three, but it doesn’t matter. Just go with one portion slightly bigger.

I started without using the optional yarn overs after the first st of the wrong side, but found my shawl was curling a bit too much, so I’m using it from the third stripe of colour. See photo which shows the minor difference in the edge.

4/04/16: I’ve started section three, with the bud pattern. I didn’t cut CC6 at the end of the last repeat of section two, but I’m carrying it up the side as detailed in the link Melanie provides under ‘Links to knitting techniques’. (This can be found on Melanie’s home page under ‘Pages’ across the top bar). There’s also a link to this in the pattern, but for those who have trouble finding it, here is the link.


I have also tried out a different method of carrying the yarn, as suggested by someone in the KAL:-

Insert the needle into the first stitch, wrap the color to be carried from right to left over the needle, then knit the stitch, going through both yarns on the needle. It’s similar to a colour work float and I think it produces neat, almost invisible ( to the right side) results.

In section 3, it really helps to do the K3’s of the k3, sl 1 wyib very loosely, so when knitting those three sts together on the next row, they are not too tight to get the needle into.

01/05/2016: Finished.

My gauge for this project was 12sts, 13 rows to 5cm/2”. That’s way off the suggested gauge, but my shawl is still quite large (220cm x 60cm). I blocked it lightly, but I could have stretched it out to the suggested size.

ETA: May 2017: Thank you so much to all the lovely people who have favourited my project, and especially to those who have clicked the ‘helpful’ button. I’m always happy that my ramblings are useful to some folks!

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  • Project created: March 30, 2016
  • Finished: May 2, 2016
  • Updated: May 18, 2017
  • Progress updates: 4 updates