I hope you enjoyed the open work of the Lacy Wasp pattern as the second decorative stitch band to our shawl. As promised, Part Three brings us two new stitch patterns along with some different approaches to making holes in our work.
I have long been an admirer of the Mrs. Hunter’s Pattern. This lovely lace design comes to us from the renowned Hunter family who developed Shetland lace knitting. This famous family continues to knit lace shawls for the British royal family to this day. While I acquired the Hunter name from my husband who is no relation to the knitting clan, I still can’t help but feel a kinship to them. I have always wanted to incorporate their lace pattern into one of my own designs and The Hole Story brought me that opportunity. The original Mrs. Hunter’s Pattern is an orderly stack of lace work. I took the liberty of staggering the rows for the Mrs. Knit Purl Hunter stitch. The stitches in both versions are executed in the same manner and can be seen in the Mrs. Hunter’s Pattern video.
You will quickly realize that the stitches in the Mrs. Knit Purl Hunter section are somewhat similar to the Star Stitch from Part One. In today’s pattern, a stitch is slipped and then followed by three knit stitches. (Remember that a stitch is always slipped as if to purl unless otherwise stated.) The slipped stitch is then passed over the k3 thus decreasing the stitch count which is noted at the ends of the appropriate rows. The stitches are restored on the following wrong side row with a yarn over. This makes for holes larger than those found in the Star Stitch and helps to accommodate our growing semi-circle shape.
Yarn overs can cause plenty of confusion for knitters. This simple little increase can be executed in several ways.
- Western-style knitters (working yarn held in right hand) create a yarn over in two different ways. When the stitch following the yarn over is a knit stitch, bring the working yarn between the needle tips to the front of the work and the yarn over is formed as the next stitch is knit. If the stitch following the yarn over is a purl stitch, the working yarn must be wrapped over the right hand needle. See Yarn Over video to review these techniques.
- Continental-style knitters (working yarn held in left hand) create a yarn over by scooping up the working yarn with the right hand needle. A yarn over is made is this manner every time with no regard to the stitch following the yarn over. See Yarn Over (Continental) video.
To transition from the Mrs. Knit Purl Hunter section to the last decorative stitch, four stitches are increased in Row 143 using the Kfb stitch. Count carefully to ensure that your shawl has the required 248 stitches. Of course, I recommend a lifeline to safeguard your beautiful work.
We finish off the last section in Part Three with the Garter Stitch Lace Ladder. This pattern has a simple two row repeat and is the perfect accompaniment to next week’s border pattern. The Double Yarn Over contained in the pattern is executed in the same manner as in the Lacy Wasp section. However, on the wrong side row, the double yarn over is worked by knitting the first yarn over and then purling the second yarn over in each pair. You may or may not find this easier than the (p1, p1 tbl) used in the Lacy Wasp. There is a subtle difference in the results and the (k1, p1) works well as it nestles in the garter stitch fabric. This alternate wrong side approach to the pair is demonstrated in the Double Yarn Over video.
Your first skein will be depleted in the midst of this week’s clue. I started my second skein on Row 123. I was fortunate that I ended Row 122 with a 12″ tail so I just started the next row by joining my new skein, but you may not be as lucky. To use every bit of yarn, your second skein may be joined in the middle of a row. When joining a new skein mid-row, I prefer to use the Russian Join. This technique securely joins the yarns, eliminates weaving in the tails and is perfect for lace knitting. Watch my Russian Join video to use in your shawl or future knitting projects.
Be sure to place a lifeline in your work at the conclusion of Row 152. We need to preserve your shawl stitches for next week’s beautiful lace border.
At the conclusion of Part Three (Row 152), I had 50g remaining in my second skein.
Some yarn over tips for the Western-style knitters:
- In Row 120, the LAST yo in the row (before the k2) is worked as a yo before a knit stitch. Working it as a yo before a purl stitch will create a double yarn over which is incorrect. Count carefully!
- In Row 124, ALL of the yarn overs precede a purl stitch and should be worked as such.
Due to the Easter holiday, I will not be online on Sunday, April 20th to spend time with family. I hope you all have a joyous spring day! Happy knitting!
k2tog – knit two together. See K2tog Video
sl – slip. See Slip Stitch Video
ssk – slip next stitch as if to knit, slip next stitch as if to knit, insert left needle into the front of these two slipped stitches from left to right and knit together. See SSK Video
yo – yarn over. See Yarn Over Video
Mrs. Knit Purl Hunter
See Mrs. Hunter’s Pattern video
110. K2, purl to last 2 sts, k2.
111. K2, *sl 1, k3, pass slip stitch over 3 knit sts; repeat from * to last 2 sts, k2. (184 sts)
112. K2, *p3, yo; repeat from * to last 2 sts, k2. (244 sts)
114. K2, purl to last 2 sts, k2.
115. K4, *sl 1, k3, pass slip stitch over 3 knit sts; repeat from * to last 4 sts, k4. (185 sts)
116. K2, p2, *p3, yo; repeat from * to last 4 sts, p2, k2. (244 sts)
117 – 124. Same as Rows 109 -116.
125 – 132. Same as Rows 109 – 116.
133 – 140. Same as Rows 109 – 116.
142. K2, purl to last 2 sts, k2.
143. K2, kfb twice, knit to last 4 sts, kfb twice, k2. (248 sts)
Garter Stitch Lace Ladder
145. K2, *k2tog, yo twice, ssk; repeat from * to last 2 sts, k2.
146. K2, *k1, (k1, p1) into double yo, k1; repeat from * to last 2 sts, k2.
147 – 148. Same as Rows 145-146.
149 – 150. Same as Rows 145-146.
151 – 152. Same as Rows 145-146.