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26 february, 2007


While at Stitches West I picked up Galina Khmeleva's pamphlet, The Gossamer Webs Design Collection, which includes a sample shawl to knit.  The shawl in question teaches all the construction principles and techniques used to knit an Orenburg style shawl -- all in miniature form.  This sample shawl just screamed "Swatch Me"!

Since this sample is bigger than your average swatch, I'm going to knit it over 3 days.  Today's installment features the bottom border and the turned right and left corners.  I'm poised to knit the shawl's body and side edges, which are waiting patiently for tomorrow.  So far the instructions are excellent and the knitting fun!

Here are a few observations from today's swatch:

  • Orenburg shawls are knit in garter stitch -- you knit every row
  • Orenburg shawls are knit in one piece with -- I think -- no seaming
  • Single decreases are always worked k2tog, meaning that left and right slanting decreases are not used as design elements in the lace.
  • The first stitch of each row is slipped "the Russian Way" -- with yarn in front slip the 1st stitch purl wise, move yarn to back between needles.
Yarn: Lorna's Lace's sock yarn in cream
Needles: US 2
Source: "A Sample Shawl to Knit" from The Gossamer Webs Design Collection, page  5. 

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After yarn and pointy sticks, aren't knitting books the greatest things? There is so much to learn and admire. Yesterday evening, I ordered one of Annie Maloney's self-published books on knitting techniques (designing your own stitch patterns), after reading about it in the Spring issue of Twists and Turns by Janet Szabo. I had to order it from Canada, so I don't suppose it will arrive today. sigh.

Looking forward to days 2 and 3 of the shawlette!

Posted by: Brenda | Feb 27, 2007 9:15:14 AM

Thanks for sharing info about the Orenburg shawls. It's always nice to learn more about the knitting. Can't wait to see what comes next.. and yay for Lorna's!

Posted by: the rachface | Feb 27, 2007 11:08:13 AM

The Orenburg uses a "grafting" kind of thing that doesn't involve sewing needles. It's pretty cool, actually.

Posted by: Janice in GA | Feb 27, 2007 1:57:59 PM

you are right about the one peice thing, and they have an unusual short row technique to turn the corners. you did something i should have done--i made the mistake of working my sample shawl in navy blue alpaca, where i couldn't really see what i was doing

Posted by: fiber enthusiast | Feb 27, 2007 4:40:45 PM

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