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28 February, 2007

My 3 day Orenburg shawl sample is completed (day 1 & day 2).  Today I turned the top right corner, knit the top border while attaching it to the body, turned the top left corner and grafted the final stitches together.  All in all, a very satisfying swatch.  Here are the 8 basic steps for knitting this style shawl:

  1. Knit the bottom border.  The bottom border is knit vertically and then turned on its side -- if you look closely at the photo you can see that the garter ridges are sideways.
  2. Use short rows to turn the bottom right corner 90 degrees counter clockwise.
  3. Use short rows to turn the bottom left corner 90 degrees clockwise.
  4. Knit across the right border's live stitches, pick up stitches along the bottom border for the body, and knit across the left border's live stitches.  Knit the right edge, body, and left edge simultaneously.
  5. Use short rows to turn the top right edge 90 degrees counter clockwise
  6. Knit the top border and attach the border to the body as it is knit.
  7. Use short rows to turn the top left edge 90 degrees clockwise
  8. Join the remaining live stitches using a grafting technique that reminds me of binding off.
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.   

Two months down and 10 to go -- Swatch On!

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I am having having a blast with this swatch blog. It's my morning coffee companion. It teaches and inspires. I thank you so much for doing it and look forward to the rest of the year! Nona, you are wonderful!! Jane

Posted by: Jane | Mar 1, 2007 3:39:04 AM

Marvelous! This is much more effective than seeing a full-sized shawl in progress.
I have a dream of making my daughter a wedding ring shawl for her (some day) wedding and then having it as a christening gown for her babies.
My best choice is to not saddle her with my dreams. But I can still knit it.

Posted by: Angie | Mar 1, 2007 6:10:38 AM

Beautiful, I'm going to have to try this. I love your blog, what an inspiration!

Posted by: Laura | Mar 1, 2007 9:17:17 AM

Wow, that is great! I think I want to make one myself - it has all of the elements I need to make the shawls that I have in my future - knitting the border around a corner, knitting on a border, and grafting in lace. Thanks so much for sharing!

Posted by: Kim | Mar 1, 2007 10:43:04 AM

I just blogged about this blog.
Thank you so much for sharing! I feel I'm getting a full course of knitting instruction just seeing your swatches!

Posted by: Kim | Mar 1, 2007 11:11:24 AM

The magic of short rows! Thanks for showing us how these shawls are constructed. I'll have to put this on my ever-growing list of things to try knitwise.

Posted by: Brenda | Mar 1, 2007 5:06:00 PM

I love how you explained the construction of the shawl, and that you were able to practice on the swatch. That's the most beautiful swatch ever. You should use it somewhere in your house!

Posted by: Brenda | Mar 2, 2007 11:11:46 AM

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