Ridgely – Part One


Welcome to the Progressive Needles Knit Along sponsored by Skacel Collection.  I am delighted to have so many knitters return to the KAL and love that we have many first timers with us as well.  Our spring pattern, Ridgely, is brimming with essential techniques, new video lessons and more fun with Cobasi yarn!  Before we begin, here’s a quick overview of how the KAL works:

  • A portion of the pattern is revealed here every Thursday in April.  The complete 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!
  • Completed projects are eligible for the monthly prize drawing – first prize is a set of addi Clicks!  See skacelknitting.com for all the info.
  • Weekly prizes are awarded to knitters who locate the prize “clues” hidden in the Skacel and Knit Purl Hunter websites.  A small tag line will be inserted in the sites at random intervals with instructions on how to claim the prize.  (Example: Be the first to email “I love addis” in the subject line, etc.)  One weekly prize per knitter, please.

Now on to the knitting!  Ridgely is a two-colored, striped shawlette trimmed with a lace border.  The striped section will be worked simultaneously with the lace border avoiding the need to attach the border at the end of the project.  To accomplish this, all three skeins will be used at one time.  One Main Color skein (MC) and the Contrasting Color skein (CC) will be used for the striped section.  The second Main Color skein (MC2) will be used for the Lace Border.  The skeins are handled in the same manner as in Intarsia knitting where the yarns are interlocked when changing skeins.  Simply stated, work the Striped Section with MC or CC and then interlock the yarns before moving on to the Lace Border worked in MC2.  Sound confusing?  No worries, I walk you through each step with lots of helpful info in the Ridgely -Part 1 Video.  This is my most comprehensive video to date!  In it, I work through the first repeat and give tips in each row to help you manage multiple skeins, carry yarns expertly and simplify the start of Ridgely.  I recommend first watching my Intarsia Video for an up close tutorial if you are new to the technique.

The Striped Section directions are in written form only and spell out the increase instructions and indicate which color to use in each row.  The Lace Border instructions are given in both written and charted forms.  The lace pattern is garter stitch based and is designed to lie flat against the shawl.  Its chart is a bit unconventional in that the same symbol represents a knit stitch on both the right and wrong side.  I like this simpler version when using garter stitch in a chart.  The chart also includes a symbol (X) marking a “no stitch”.  This is simply a place holder due to the changing stitch count of the lace.  When the “no stitch” symbol is reached in the row, ignore it and go to the next symbol on the chart.  As a reminder, charts are read from bottom to top beginning at Row 1.  The Right Side rows (odd numbered) are read right to left and the Wrong Side rows (even numbered) are read left to right.  If you are unsure of the chart, or just prefer written directions, refer to the line by line text.  In these written instructions, the Lace Border (MC2) stitches are in bold for easy tracking.

All of the wrong side rows in the Lace Border begin with a Yarn Over.  The first time I came across a yarn over at the beginning of a row I was perplexed.  How could something so simple have me stumped?  After much over thinking, the simple solution was waiting for me.  If you are similarly stumped, watch the Yarn Over at Beginning of Row Video as I demonstrate the stitch you will use to start every wrong side row.

I highly recommend that you carefully read over the Pattern Notes before beginning the shawlette to familiarize yourself with the instructions.  I also recommend the use of Lifelines in any lace project to avoid tricky repair work.  See Lifelines Video

Enjoy the pattern and your new skills.  I look forward to following your progress!

Ridgely – Part One

Click here to download printable version


  • 3 skeins Cobasi – 2 Main Color, 1 Contrasting Color.
  • US #6 (4mm) needles, straight or circular, or size needed to obtain desired gauge.
  • Crochet Hook – size B or C for optional finishing technique


Approximately 7 stitches = 1 inch in stockinette.


After blocking, approximately 56” along top edge and 12” deep at center point.

Prior to blocking, approximately 50” X 11”.


CC – contrasting color.

k2tog – knit two together.  See K2tog Video

k3tog – knit three together.

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

MC – main color.

MC2 – second skein of main color.  (Used in lace border.)

 yo – yarn over.  See Yarn Over Video


See Ridgely – Part 1 Video

Pattern Notes

  • Odd numbered rows are Right Side.  Even numbered rows are Wrong Side.
  • Stitches before marker form the Striped Body and are worked in MC or CC.
  • Stitches after marker form the Lace Border and are worked at the same time with a second skein of main color – MC2.
  • Lace instructions are in chart (below) and text (next page) formats.
  • Lace Border chart is used after the marker in Increase Section.
  • Lace Border stitches in the text are in bold for easy tracking.
  • Skeins must be “interlocked” at marker as in Intarsia.  See Intarsia Video
  • Always interlock on the wrong side.  After interlocking on the wrong side, place the working yarn in the correct position for the next stitch, i.e. knit or purl position.
  • Increases are worked in Rows 1, 5 and 9 in MC.
  • Remember to purl with CC in the Striped Body on Rows 4, 8 and 12.

Lace Border Chart

Lace Border stitches worked in MC2.


Increase Section

Using Main Color, cast on 16 stitches.

Set Up

Row 1.  (MC) K1, kfb, place marker, k3, k2tog, yo, k4, k2tog, yo, k3tog.

Row 2.  (MC) Yo, k12, slip marker, k3.

Continue with Row 3 (below) in Striped Body/Lace Border pattern.


Striped Body/Lace Border (12 row repeat)

Asterisk (*) indicates increase row – one stitch increased.

*Row 1.  (MC) Knit to 1 stitch before marker, kfb, (MC2) k3, k2tog, yo, k4, k2tog, yo, k3tog.

Row 2.  (MC2) Yo, k12, (MC) knit to end of row.


Row 3.  (CC) Knit to marker, (MC2) k2, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, k2tog, k1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, k2tog.

Row 4.  (MC2) Yo, k13, (CC) purl to end of row.


*Row 5. (MC) Knit to 1 stitch before marker, kfb, (MC2) k1, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, k3tog, yo, k3, yo, k2tog.

Row 6.  (MC2) Yo, k14, (MC) knit to end of row.


Row 7.  (CC) Knit to marker, (MC2) k2tog, yo, k4, k2tog, yo, k5, yo, k2tog.

Row 8.  (MC2) Yo, k15, (CC) purl to end of row.


*Row 9. (MC) Knit to 1 stitch before marker, kfb, (MC2) k2, yo, k2tog, k1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, k2tog, k1, k2tog, yo, k3tog.

Row 10.  (MC2) Yo, k14, (MC) knit to end of row.


Row 11. (CC) Knit to marker, (MC2) k3, yo, k3tog, yo, k3, yo, k3tog, yo, k3tog.

Row 12.  (MC2) Yo, k13, (CC) purl to end of row.        


Work above repeat 19 times ending after Row 12. (Set Up Rows are considered a part of 1st repeat.) There will be 59 stitches in the Striped Body area.

Happy knitting!

75 thoughts on “Ridgely – Part One

  1. The stitch count varies in the lace. Rows with k3tog use more stitches than are increased. Please keep me updated on your progress – you are nearly on the home stretch!

  2. I am ready for second repeat on part 2. I don’t understand the stitch count. Finished the first relearned with 76 stitches and row 1 calls for 74. What do I do with the 2 extra stitches??? Beautiful pattern and I am loving how it looks!!

  3. You count only the stitches in the Striped Body area. At the end of the 14th repeat you should have 44 stitches in the striped body. Yes, each repeat has 3 ridges of the MC. Please let me know how you are coming along and we’ll get you back on track..

  4. I wrote one comment,but said there was an error. Hope my comment doesn’t’ t get on twice. This my 1st KAL, also using 3 colors, intarsia, 1st but not last, a life line. I’m still on #1, but almost finished. I have done charts, but don’t know which I’ll use for the lace section. Thanks for the video and all the help. Having fun and anxious to finish.

  5. oh my! in all my concentration for this project, i never considered how many stitches i should have at a given point…i am at the end of the 14th repeat & have 54 stitches ouch….that’s 10 to many!~ am i right in thinking each repeat has three ridges? what’s a girl to do?????

  6. Lace does make for tricky repair which is why lifelines are so valuable. Depending on the mistake (I would need to see yours up close), you may be able to unknit the row back to the error and then correct the mistake. This does come with experience and you will be a better knitter with every project you complete. Check out my Fixing Mistakes – Unknit video for help.

  7. Michelle, I am progressing slowly but surely with Ridgely part 1, just beginning my 6th repeat. The lifelines have been a life saver several times over. In my inexperience I am unable to correct a mistake, especially in the lace pattern, even if I realize it immediately. Is this expertise that you acquire or is the pattern such that errors are difficult or impossible to correct?

  8. You may be a little behind, but your eyes are super sharp! There was an error in the chart and it was corrected and updated in the post in the first hours of release. If you download the pattern now you will have the corrected version. Sorry for the confusion!

  9. Good morning, Michelle! After finishing 4 repeats (I’m just a little behind), I am trying to multitask and practice my chart reading. I have a question about row 11 of the Lace Border Chart for Part 1. According to the pattern text, the chart appears to be missing two k3tog. Is that right? My knitting appears to be fine, but I’m questioning my chart reading ability. I’m trying to get some practice in before I try reading Part 2’s chart with repeats! I’m loving this KAL, too! Thank you so much!

  10. That’s where I thought I would do it. Thanks so much! I shattered the bone in my foot Monday so this has kept me sane!

  11. I would do the last needed increase on Row 5 of the next repeat. It is imperative to have the correct stitch count when working Part 2.

  12. I have 58 stitches and I have one more repeat to do. Will I come out right? If not what row should I put my one increase?

  13. Thanks for your helpful tip. Some knitters hung a marker on the MC2 skein to help them. I love all the tips -go to the Knit Purl Hunter group on Ravlery to read more tips from fellow knitters.

  14. To all,
    One helpful hint for part one. I spent so much time trying to double check which yarn of the two yarns (dark purple) I was using–is it my MC purple or my MC2 purple.
    I put each ball, even the CC, in a plastic quart baggy and wrote on the bags with black permanent marker their label–MC, MC2, CC. Then I put a red & white striped twistie-tie on one of the dark purple yarns, so I could see so much quicker which yarn line I was to knit with next. I can easily slip the twistie tie down the line as it gets used. ‘Hope this may be helpful to others.

  15. I am so excited to knit with you at the Grand! We can wear our shawls together – how fun! I’m looking forward to meeting you, too!

  16. This is my first time with KAL, found your website after signing up for your class at the Grand Hotel in Mackinaw———–bought the yarn & rec’d this past Saturday, on segment 9 of the ridgely and truely enjoying knitting the style! Looking forward to have it done before the retreat in May. Looking forward in meeting with you 🙂

  17. Welcome back to your second KAL! Are you in the Knit Purl Hunter group on Ravelry? There are several pictures posted there of the back of Ridgely. If you are not a member of Ravelry I highly encourage you to join – it is free and a wonderful knitting resource. It has truly changed the knitting world. Let me know if I can be of help.

  18. Can you post a picture of what the shawl looks like in the back?

    This is my second KAL. I completed the previous sock pattern and my niece-in-law loved them. And much appreciate the video that you did for part 1 of this pattern. Thank you for doing these KALs.

  19. I am also having trouble with the yarn splitting. Once I got past the first few rows it has been a little easier.

  20. The pattern started out with 2 stitches in the Striped Body area (these were in the Set Up) so that brings the stitch count to 59. If you have missed an increase along the way, just add it in on a non-increase and no one will be the wiser. Please let me know if I can help!

  21. I’ve finished 15 repeats but only have 45 stitches (3 stitch increase for each repeat) on the striped body part. If I’m calculating correctly, I will end up after 19 repeats with only 57 stitches not the 59 stitches that is stated in the pattern.

  22. The pattern started out with 2 stitches in the Striped Body area (these were in the Set Up) so that brings the stitch count to 59. If you have missed an increase along the way, just add it in on a non-increase and no one will be the wiser. Please let me know if I can help!

  23. I’ve completed 15 of the 19 repeats with 45 stitches on the striped body area . If my math is correct, there are 3 increases for each repeat, multiply 3 increases times 19 repeats, it comes to 57 stitches on the striped body area but the pattern has 59. Where am I coming up short? Thanks for the help.

  24. I LOOOOVE this pattern! So pretty, and I’m learning something new. Thank you so much! I’ve spent the past hour trying to figure out the Clue #1 business, but to no avail. Sigh…. 🙂

  25. I chose cherry red and bubble gum pink for the KAl. I finished clue #1 yesterday and posted it on Ravelry group page. It was fun!

  26. You are off to a good start. The stitch count is not constant so you will have different #s for different rows. Keep up the good work!

  27. If I have mine done before Thursday I may start a second. The other colors are calling me!

  28. I’mhavingtrouble getting started. The set up rows on row 1,I ended with 15 sts. Is that right? At the end of row 2 I have 16 sts. On the body at the end of row2 I have 17 sts. I don’t want to continue until I know I’m ok

  29. I’m glad to hear that you are enjoying Intarsia. Knitting is a wonderful comfort and helps pass the time in the hospital. I hope your friend is feeling better soon.

  30. Have enjoyed this pattern. Have been knitting while sitting with a sick friend at the hospital. The nurses keep checking my progress!
    Finally getting comfortable with intarsia !

  31. Cobasi is a mulit-ply yarn and for some knitters it may take some getting used to. I think the colors and non-wool qualities make it well worth it!

  32. Is anyone else having a problem with yarn. I am having a problem with the yarn splitting while knitting and having these little strings

  33. Every yarn has a learning curve as the knitter adjusts to the “hand” of the yarn. I hope that you find the yarn easier to work with as the project progresses. We appreciate you knitting with us!

  34. Difficult yarn to work with. Think it would be just as pretty in another sock weight yarn that was not stretchy

  35. Here is the lace pattern with the number of stitches it creates underneath:
    k3, k2tog, yo, k4, k2tog, yo, k3tog
    3, 1, 1, 4, 1, 1, 1 = 12 stitches.
    Does this help?

  36. I have a question. Row 2 of the set up has 13 stitches (Yo, k12). Row 1 of the lace pattern uses 14 stitches (not counting Yo’s; k3, k2tog, k4, k2tog, k3tog equals 14 stitches).

    Please tell me where I lost a stitch.

    Thank you!

  37. My first mystery KAL. I hope I get it!!!! So far first 12 Row repeat is all good. I went to 88 stitches to buy my yarn. I was so surprised to see Marilyn almost finished these beautiful pink socks. I find out they are the same ones from January KAL. I suggested Marilyn posted her work. They were very very nice. Looking forward to seeing my shawl evolve.

  38. Great time to start a KAL. My allergies kicked into high gear earlier this week and didn’t catch it, so I ended up starting about 4 times. Got the hang of it finally, went to 3 repeats and found that my count was off somewhere. So I frogged. Guess I’ll start fresher tomorrow, with allergy meds and a decongestant. Was starting to look really cool though.

  39. This will be my first knitting project in forever!! Hopefully, I won’t get too discouraged:)

  40. Unfortunately, Intarsia causes tangles. Turning the skeins as in the video will certainly minimize the problem. I followed the turning procedure and then manually untangled every few rows. You will get into a rhythm and find what works for you. Keep up the good work!

  41. Ok, Michelle, my skeins are getting all tangled up. I’m turning my needles as you do at the end of each row, one direction at the end of a wrong side row and the opposite direction at the end of a right side row. But I’m getting tangled at the interlocking. Am I doing something wrong? Tangled enough that I have to stop after every row or every other row and untangle them.

  42. Can’t wait to start. This whole work thing really cuts into my knitting time! Good thing Mad Men will be back this weekend so I can knit and get caught up!!!

  43. Thank you! Off to go buy some yarn and join in on the fun! First time working intarsia, and color work, for that matter. Wheeee!

  44. Will this be like the last KAL I participated in, back in the spring of ’11, where it was a bonus to use the colors of the sample knit? Or can we choose our own colors? Just curious. Thanks! Excited to do another great Knit Purl Hunter and Skacel KAL!

  45. I just steamed mine with my iron and they straightened out. But I would love to see a pic of how you hang them!

  46. The pattern is correct. If you have too many stitches you may have forgotten a decrease in Row 1 of the lace pattern. Good news is that you are just starting so it isn’t much work to lose. Don’t fret, you will get the hang of it!

  47. The cable needs to relax. Some brands have softer and more pliable cables than others. I store my addi needles by hanging them and I never have a problem.

  48. Hi-Wow row 2 of set-up and I already have a question. Should row 2 by yo, K14, slip marker etc? If not I must have done row 1 wrong. I have 14 stitches after the marker.

  49. Lol. Not a pretty picture, trust me!

    Do you do anything to straighten out your circular needles before starting? Mine are all curled up tight as a spring!

  50. Just to clarify, when I finish the 2 set up rows I go right to row 3 of the striped body/lace border, correct? And when I get to row 12 and ready to repeat, I do not repeat the set up. I just start at Row 1 of striped body/lace border. Correct?

    I’m so excited about this new KAL. I’m doing my little happy dance. Be very glad you can’t see it! That and two cups of coffee waiting for you to post this morning! Lol.

    Thanks, Michelle!

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