Audition – Part 4

We finish off the shawl with a charming lace pattern, a bit of striping, and a sweet little bind off which are all aimed at using nearly every inch of your yarn.  For those of you who like a complete and condensed version of the entire Audition pattern, download it here.

Section #8 – Checkered Lace

I am so enamored with this clever variation of the traditional checkerboard pattern.  Like the original, this lacy version also creates a flat-lying fabric that is nearly reversible.  It’s fast and easy and would make a great pattern for blankets and scarves.

The lace element is achieved by working a yarn over/SK2P/ yarn over sequence.  An SK2P is a double decrease with a prominent left lean.  It stands for Slip as if to knit, Knit together, Pass the slip stitch over and off the needle.  Slipping that first stitch as if to knit is what causes the stitch to lean to the left.  When passing the slipped stitch over the k2tog, take care to pass the slip stitch off and not the yarn over that precedes it.  Watch my SK2P video for a quick overview.

Section #9 – “Yarn Chicken”

At the end of Section #8 I had 21 grams of the MC and 11 grams of the CC which I cut at the end of Section #7.  I chose to stripe the end of the shawl by using as much of the remaining yarn as possible.  A scale to weigh the yarn is very helpful at this point.  Weigh your yarn before and after a row to evaluate your usage.  To preserve the garter stitch prior to the bind off, your striping must end after knitting a wrong side row.  I recommend placing a lifeline in several rows of this section in case you find yourself losing the Yarn Chicken game (running out of yarn).

I have included my striping formula but this is just a guideline.  You may have more or less yarn and any striping design is perfectly acceptable.  I am looking forward to seeing everyone’s creations!

Bind Off

My favorite bind off with garter stitch is my own invention, the Channel Island Bind Off.  It is more time consuming than a standard bind off, but this cutie lies flat and preserves the drape of the fabric.  This technique uses slightly more yarn than a regular bind off so be sure to save enough yarn for this option.  I used approximately 4 grams for the bind off.

I have written out the bind off instructions in the pattern, but have a detailed video in place to help you finish in style. See Channel Island Bind Off Video


With the majority of the shawl worked in garter stitch, most likely your shawl will only require a light blocking.  Steaming the fabric may be the only action needed to corral the edges.  As seen above, I chose to run wires through the edges and lightly spritz with water and pin into place.  I elected to preserve the curve of the piece because it helps the shawl settle nicely on the shoulders.  As with any color work, soaking for long periods of time in a small amount of water may cause bleeding.  While this yarn is colorfast, I would treat it with kid gloves to be on the safe side.

Wrapping Up

With your shawl completed, don’t forget to enter our sponsor’s prize drawing.  Simply take a photo of your finished shawl and submit the form to Skacel by November 15th and you could win a set of addi interchangeable needles.

Thank You!

I owe a huge debt of gratitude to Skacel Collection for bringing these KALs to you for nearly ten years.  Our partnership has enabled me to broaden the skills of so many knitters.  I have delighted in the progress of each knitter and am humbled by the loyalty shown to my work.

While I am on hiatus, my videos and website will remain in place to assist you.  I will continue to monitor my Ravelry group regularly to keep in touch and answer any lingering questions.  I have four books to keep you busy in my absence so you won’t miss me too much.


Mostly, a big thank you to YOU!  I so appreciate being a part of your knitting and I look forward to more knitting adventures.

Until we meet again, happy knitting!


Part Four

Click here to download printable version


CC – contrasting color.

k2tog – knit two together.  See K2tog Video

kfb – knit into front and back of stitch.  See Kfb Video

MC – main color.

SK2P (sl 1, k2tog, psso) – slip next stitch as if to knit, knit two together, pass slipped stitch over decreased stitch and off the needle.  Left leaning, double decrease.  See SK2P Video

yo – yarn over.  See Yarn Over Video


Section #8 (All MC)

Checkered Lace (See Chart below)

Row 1. (RS) K1, kfb, *k3, p3; repeat from * to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.

Row 2. (WS) K2, *k3, p3; repeat from * to last 3 sts, k1, kfb, k1.  162 sts

Row 3.  K1, kfb, p2, *k3, p3; repeat from * to last 8 sts, k3, p2, k2tog, k1.

Row 4.  K4, p3, *k3, p3; repeat from * to last 5 sts, k3, kfb, k1.  163 sts.

Row 5.  K1, kfb, k4, *yo, SK2P, yo, k3; repeat from * to last 7 sts, yo, SK2P, yo, k1, k2tog, k1.

Row 6.  K2, p1, k3, *p3, k3; repeat from * to last 7 sts, p3, k2, kfb, k1.  164 sts

Row 7.  K1, kfb, *p3, k3; repeat from * to last 6 sts, p3, k2tog, k1.

Row 8.  K5, *p3, k3; repeat from * to last 3 sts, p1, kfb, k1.  165 sts

Row 9.  K1, kfb, k2, *p3. K3; repeat from * to last 5 sts, p2, k2tog, k1.

Row 10.  K4, *p3, k3; repeat from * to last 5 sts, p3, kfb, k1.  166 sts

Row 11.  K1, kfb, k1, yo, SK2P, yo, *k3, yo, SK2P, yo,; repeat from * to last 4 sts, k1, k2tog, k1.

Row 12.  K2, p1, *k3, p3; repeat from * to last 7 sts, k3, p2, kfb, k1.  167 sts

Row 13.  Same as 1.

Row 14.  Same as 2.  168 sts

Row 15.  Same as 3.

Row 16.  Same as 4.  169 sts

Row 17.  Same as 5.

Row 18.  Same as 6.  170 sts

Row 19.  Same as 7.

Row 20.  Same as 8.  171 sts

MC = 21g

Section #8 – Checkered Lace (MC)

6-stitch repeat between red lines, work Rows 1 – 12 once, then rows 1 – 8 again (20 rows)

Section #9 (MC and CC)

“Yarn Chicken” Striping

With remaining MC and CC, work garter stitch stripes in desired striping sequence leaving at least 4g for bind off.  (My bind off used approx. 3g). End after WS row.

Row 1. (RS) K1, kfb, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.

Row 2. (WS) Knit to last 2 sts, kfb, k1. (1 st increased)

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until desired length leaving at least 4g for bind off, ending after Row 2.

Below is my striping sequence.  Depending on your remaining yardage, you may have more or fewer rows.

Row 1.  With CC, same as 1.

Row 2.  With CC, same as 2.  172 sts

Row 3.  With MC, same as 1.

Row 4.  With MC, same as 2.  173 sts

Row 5.  With MC, same as 1.

Row 6.  With MC, same as 2.  174 sts

Row 7.  With CC, same as 1.

Row 8.  With CC, same as 2.  175 sts

Row 9.  With MC, same as 1.

Row 10.  With MC, same as 2.  176 sts

Row 11.  With MC, same as 1.

Row 12.  With MC, same as 2.  177 sts


Bind Off

Using remaining color of choice, bind off stitches using Channel Island Bind Off.

Channel Island Bind Off

See Channel Island Bind Off Video

  1.  Cast on 2 sts using the Knitted Cast On.
  2.  With right needle tip, lift the second stitch on the left needle over the first stitch and off the needle.
  3.  With right needle tip, lift the now-second stitch on the left needle over the first and off the needle.
  4.  Slip the first stitch to the right needle as if to purl.
  5.  On left needle, k2tog. There are now 2 stitches on right needle.
  6.  On right needle, lift the right stitch over the left stitch and off the needle.
  7.  Slip the stitch on the right needle to the left needle.

Repeat Steps 1 – 7 to last stitch. Cut yarn and pull tail through last stitch.

After bind off:

MC = 4g, 2nd skein of CC = 5g.                                              ©2019 Michelle Hunter


23 thoughts on “Audition – Part 4

  1. Hello Michelle, Happy 2020! I finished my shawl several weeks ago and I love the things I learned making this shawl. I am not a fan of this shawl shape, but it’s still lovely and I’ve gotten lots of compliments! It’s going to be a birthday present for a dear friend next month (by then I should have it blocked – not my fav thing to do!) I feel that my knitting ability grew a lot and I’m very pleased with the outcome! I can’t thank you enough for all the help your videos give and for your commitment to great knitting teaching! I ran out of both yarns and had to purchase more also, so I guess I’ve got a ways to go before I’m a knitting master (ROFLOL)! Anyway, thanks and blessings!

  2. Hi Michelle,
    Just wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas and thank you again for all your KALs.
    I am on section 7 of the Audition KAL and am loving it. Will certainly miss all your knit-along projects. I have learned so many new stitches and ways to improve my knitting along with your beautiful projects.
    Enjoy your time with your family.

  3. Like several others, I ran out of yarn. I purchased another skein of the contrast color and finished…it is beautiful! My issue is not knowing how to wear it. Has anyone shared pictures of that? I’ve googled how to wear asymmetrical shawl, but the examples they showed were lacey , small shawls..not comparable.

  4. Hi Michelle,
    Thanks for checking on me! I found my mistake. In row 5, I had not put in the very 1st Knit 1. I copied the pattern over into a word document because I get too confused with the rows that say Same as row 1, or 2 etc 🙂 and in that process, even though I did a proof reading, I must have inadvertently hit the space bar and deleted the 1st K1.

  5. I’m so sorry for your pattern woes. I’m sure you counted, but double check that you have the correct number of stitches after Row 4. Please let me know how you make out.

  6. I keep having a problem at row 5 of section 8. I get to the end of the row and I have 8 stitches left instead of 7. I pulled out all 5 rows and very carefully reknit the 5 rows and again I have 8 stitches. :-(. I lost yarn chicken before I started it lol, at the end of section 7 I only had enough of the dark green to maybe do one row so I bought another cake :-(. Any suggestions? I’m pulling out row 5 again tomorrow, (sigh) and trying again.

  7. When finished, I had ZERO measurable grams of MC and not enough CC to even add a stripe, so i am proud to have gotten every last squidge out of my yarn! Thank you for the wonderful shawl pattern — easy, fun, beautiful!

  8. I have finished the knitting and ready for the bind off. I did not end on the wrong side, is this going to change my bind off? I love your kal’s and have completed several of them.
    Thank you again.

  9. Hi

    I bought another Cake of the green if someone else is short of the green Cake they are welcome to take from my Cake.
    I am also making one in the cream snd brown Cake but that has much more yarn than the green. Do I don’t think anyone will be short with that color.

  10. I started my project over weighed MC 182 CC 100, going to go with 6 needle now will I have enough MC to complete project?

  11. Michelle,
    I am so enjoying this KAL. It’s my first one! I’m a bit behind though (had a trip where I was gone and didn’t get to knit for 3 days). My local knit shop encouraged me to do your Building Blocks Afghan and that opened a world of knitting instruction for me! I did all 12 blocks, learned a ton and it greatly built my confidence! Building in Color is next! Your videos are so wonderful and take the fear out of knitting! I’m so grateful for your work and my local shop!! Enjoy your hiatus! And THANKS!!!!
    I hope there are KAL adventures in the future with you!

  12. Thank you for the KAL, clear directions with all your videos, and your thoughtfulness in providing those videos! Enjoy your hiatus!

  13. Thanks so much for knitting with me! I would knit as much of section 7 as possible with your yarn and then stripe to finish. That’s the easiest solution. Thanks also for your kind wishes.

  14. Love, love, love this pattern! But, section 5 ate up my yarn. (I got gauge with size 6 needles but should have probably gone to a size 5 for the lace section.) I completed section 6 with MC 53 g and CC 27 g, and will not have enough yarn left to finish section 7. I could pull it out and reknit, but I’m happy with the way it looks and don’t want to. Do you have any advice on how to proceed? I’m thinking about leaving out section 7? Do you think that would work? I have loved working your patterns. You have spoiled us with clear directions that are well planned. So many times knitting other patterns I wished you had written the pattern so I would be sure of what to do. Thank you again for sharing your talents. Hope you enjoy your time for yourself.

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