I’m delighted to have you knitting with me for Wandering Moon – a crescent shaped shawl knit with the lovely yarn, Rylie. Whether you are knitting with the limited edition color Power Pink, or one of the other 16 fabulous colors, you will love how the yarn enhances the beautiful stitches and techniques. As with all of the patterns in the Progressive Needles KAL, we will be growing our skills and having fun all while creating a beautiful garment.
Before we begin, here is an overview of the KAL:
- A portion of the 4-part mystery pattern is revealed here on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th Thursday in October. (No clue release on Oct. 22) The weekly pattern, video resources and lots of helpful tips are included in each post. An abbreviated, pattern-only version is included to download.
- All techniques are supported with video instruction at knitpurlhunter.com
- All questions and comments are monitored daily both here and in the Knit Purl Hunter group on Ravelry. It’s like having your own private knitting tutor!
- Projects completed by November 30 are eligible for the monthly prize drawing – first prize is a set of addi Clicks! See skacelknitting.com for all the info.
Wandering Moon is knit from the bottom up beginning with a unique cabled border. The border is knit in one long strip where stitches will be picked up along the edge for the body of the shawl in next week’s clue. For today, we will cast on 16 stitches using the Cable Cast On method. I love using this cast on as it yields a nice edge with right side facing for the first row. Since the border is worked over a small number of stitches, you may want to use a shorter length needle (straights or circs) to knit this section.
With the border’s right side facing, the right edge will be in garter stitch and the left edge is graced with a slip stitch lending a smooth appearance to the cable. Take care to slip the last stitch of every right side row with yarn in front so that the neighboring purl stitch slides gently to the back. The border’s six-stitch cable is spaced irregularly to give it a unique charm. See photo in pattern below.
The MOST IMPORTANT task in this border to to hang a marker from the last stitch of every 20 row repeat. The cabled border pattern is worked 26 times. At the conclusion of the border, there will be 25 markers hanging on the garter stitch edge of the border. You do not need to hang a marker on the 26th repeat since the bind off edge serves a marker. These markers will be vital to us in correctly picking up stitches and placing the fabulous new stitch in next week’s clue. DO NOT skip this step!
Once the 26 repeats of the cable pattern are completed, the bind off is worked incorporating two decreases to prevent the edge from flaring out. The instructions for the bind off are in the pattern. Some knitters are confused when counting the stitches this way. Don’t overthink the process – just work two evenly spaced k2tog stitches while binding off and all will be fine.
Next week I will have a new stitch and technique for you – both of them with brand new videos!
Until next week, happy knitting!
- Rylie by HiKoo (50% Baby Alpaca, 25% Mulberry Silk, 25% Linen; 274 yds/100g), 2 skeins
- Size US #7 (4.5mm) 40” circular needle or size needed to obtain gauge for shawl Body.
- Size US #7 (4.5mm) straights or 24”circular needle for Border.
- Cable needle
- Two removable markers
- Additional 25 removable markers or safety pins
Optional (but very helpful), needle to aid in finishing: 32 – 40” circular needle several sizes smaller than project needle, ranging from US #1 to #4
Approximately 18 sts = 4 inches in garter stitch
Approximately 74” along bottom edge and 13” deep at widest point
BO – bind off.
C6B – slip next 3 stitches onto cable needle and hold in back of work, knit next 3 stitches from left hand needle, then knit 3 stitches from cable needle. See Cables Video
CO – cast on.
k2tog – knit two together. See K2tog Video
sl – slip. See Slip Stitch Video
wyif – with yarn in front.
yo – yarn over. See Yarn Over Video
Scalloped Cable – Worked over 16 sts, 20 rows (Chart below)
Row 1. (RS) K1, k2tog, yo, p2, k9, p1, sl 1 wyif.
Row 2 and ALL wrong side rows through Row 20. K2, p9, k2, p2, k1.
Row 3. Same as Row 1.
Row 5. Same as Row 1.
Row 7. Same as Row 1.
Row 9. K1, k2tog, yo, p2, k3, C6B, p1, sl 1 wyif.
Row 11. K1, k2tog, yo, p2, C6B, k3, p1, sl 1 wyif.
Row 13. Same as Row 1.
Row 15. Same as Row 1.
Row 17. Same as Row 1.
Row 19. Same as Row 9.
Scalloped Cable Chart
Using shorter needle, cast on 16 sts using Cable Cast On method. See Cable Cast On video
Work Rows 1 – 20 of Scalloped Cable pattern 26 times. (See BO instructions below)
IMPORTANT: After working Row 20 in each repeat, hang a marker from last stitch in row as seen below. There will be 25 markers placed at completion of border.
With right side facing bind off as follows:
Bind off 4 sts, k2tog, bind off 4 sts, k2tog, bind off 5 sts, one st remains. Cut yarn and pull tail through last st.
Note: Another way to explain the bind off is to work a standard bind off across the row that includes two evenly spaced k2tog stitches.