Triplicity Shawlette – Part 1

Welcome to the Progressive Needles KAL!  I am very excited to showcase fabulous stitches, techniques and yarns.  I think we will have great fun together while adding to your knitting know-how!

Because Simplicity yarn provides excellent stitch definition, Triplicity will focus on texture stitches.  Whether the stitches are new to you or an old favorite, you will love how the yarn makes the stitches “pop”.  As with many shawls, Triplicity uses a much larger needle size than recommended by the yarn.  This larger gauge will give your project a lovely drape.

Triplicity begins with a garter stitch tab.  This neat little technique creates a beautiful foundation for our shawlette.  If you are new to this method, watch the Garter Stitch Tab” Video to learn this simple beginning.  You will see why shawl enthusiasts love it!

Following the cast on, there are three stitch sections in Part One.  I highly recommend inserting a lifeline into your shawlette after completing each section.  A lifeline is a piece of waste yarn threaded through a row of knitting.  If a mistake is made after inserting the lifeline, you may safely unravel to the lifeline without losing the work below.  Experienced lace knitters have long used this safety net to protect their work.  Watch the Lifelines” Video for a quick tutorial on this essential skill.

The shawlette will grow in size due to the Make One increase.  This nearly invisible stitch is preferred by many of today’s designers.  The Make One increase may be executed to lean to the left (M1L) or lean to the right (M1R).  Watch the Make One” Video to learn this discriminating increase.

The first featured stitch of the shawlette is the Knit One Below stitch.  Knitting below is most often seen in Brioche knitting – a category of texture stitches.  To knit one below, insert the right hand needle into the center of the stitch directly below the first stitch on the left hand needle.  Wrap as if to knit in the usual manner, drawing the yarn through this “below” stitch.  Drop the original stitch from the left hand needle.  It appears as if this action will cause your knitting to unravel, but magically it does not!  See the Knit Below” Video for a demonstration.

Remember – you are not alone!  I will be answering questions daily here on the KAL page.  Also, join the Knit Purl Hunter KAL group on Ravelry to chat with other KALers and see their work.  I can be found chiming in there daily, too.

Part One

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  • Simplicity by HiKoo (55% Merino Superwash, 28% Acrylic, 17% Nylon; 107 meters/50g), 3 skeins
  • Size US #10(6mm) 32” circular needle
  • 4 markers

16 stitches = 4 inches in stockinette.

After blocking, approximately 47” along top edge and 15” deep at center point.

Prior to blocking, approximately 42” X 13”.

K1B – knit one below.  See “Knit Below” Video

M1L (Make One Left) – With left needle tip, lift strand between needles from front to back.  Knit the lifted strand through the backSee “Make One” Video

M1R (Make One Right) – With left needle tip, lift strand between needles from back to front.  Knit the lifted strand through the front.  See “Make One” Video

PM – place marker.

SM – slip marker.

sts – stitches.

Pattern Notes

  • First and last 2 stitches of every row are knit.
  • SM is in bold for easy tracking within each row.
  • Center stitch (stitch between 2nd and 3rd marker) is knit every row.
  • Right side (odd #) rows increase by 4 stitches.  After 1st marker – M1L, before 2nd marker – M1R, after 3rd marker – M1L and before 4th marker – M1R.  (Think of a marching army – left, right, left, right!)
  • Wrong side (even #) rows increase by 2 stitches.  After 1st marker – M1L and before 4th marker – M1R.
  • Stitch count is given after each row.


Cast On

See Garter Stitch Tab” Video

Cast on 2 stitches using long tail cast on.

Knit for 26 rows.

Pick up and knit 13 stitches along the long end (one in each ridge).

Pick up and knit 2 stitches along cast on edge.

17 stitches are now on the needle.

Set Up

Set Up Row 1 (RS).  K2, PM, M1L, k6, M1R, PM, k1, PM, M1L, k6, M1R, PM, k2.  (21 sts)

Set Up Row 2 (WS).  K2, SM, M1L, p8, SM, k1, SM, p8, M1R, SM, k2.  (23 sts)

TIP: The Make One stitch is considered a knit stitch – the working yarn must be in the knit position when executing a Make One stitch to prevent an accidental yarn over.

Section 1.  Stockinette – 8 rows

Row 1 (RS).  K2, SM, M1L, knit to 2nd marker, M1R, SM, k1, SM, M1L, knit to 4th marker, M1R, SM, k2.  (27 sts)

Row 2 (WS).  K2, SM, M1L, purl to 2nd marker, SM, k1, SM, purl to 4th marker, M1R, SM, k2.  (29 sts)

Row 3.  Same as Row 1.  (33 sts)

Row 4.  Same as Row 2.  (35 sts)

Row 5.  Same as Row 1.  (39 sts)

Row 6.  Same as Row 2.  (41 sts)

Row 7.  Same as Row 1.  (45 sts)

Row 8.  Same as Row 2.  (47 sts)

TIP:  I recommend placing a lifeline at the end of each section.  See Lifeline” Video

Section 2.  Twisted Moss – 12 rows

Row 9.  K2, SM, M1L, k1, *K1B, k1; repeat from * to 2nd marker, M1R, SM, k1, SM, M1L, k1, **K1B, k1; repeat from ** to 4th marker, M1R, SM, k2.  (51 sts)

Row 10.  K2, SM, M1L, knit to 2nd marker, SM, k1, SM, knit to 4th marker, M1R, SM, k2.  (53 sts)

Row 11.  K2, SM, M1L, k2, *K1B, k1; repeat from * to 2nd marker, M1R, SM, k1, SM, M1L, **k1, K1B; repeat from ** to 2 sts before 4th marker, k2, M1R, SM, k2.  (57 sts)

Row 12.  Same as Row 10.  (59 sts)

Row 13.  Same as Row 9.   (63 sts)

Row 14.  Same as Row 10.  (65 sts)

Row 15.  Same as Row 11.  (69 sts)

Row 16.  Same as Row 10.  (71 sts)

Row 17.  Same as Row 9.  (75 sts)

Row 18.  Same as Row 10.  (77 sts)

Row 19.  Same as Row 11.  (81 sts)

Row 20.  K2, SM, M1L, purl to 2nd marker, SM, k1, SM, purl to 4th marker, M1R, SM, k2.  (83 sts)

Section 3.  Stockinette – 8 rows

Row 21.  Same as Row 1.  (87 sts)

Row 22.  Same as Row 2.  (89 sts)

Row 23.  Same as Row 1.  (93 sts)

Row 24.  Same as Row 2.  (95 sts)

Row 25.  Same as Row 1.  (99 sts)

Row 26.  Same as Row 2.  (101 sts)

Row 27.  Same as Row 1.  (105 sts)

Row 28.  Same as Row 2.  (107 sts)


Next week’s clue brings us another new texture stitch.  Happy knitting!



60 thoughts on “Triplicity Shawlette – Part 1

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  3. When knitting shawls it is customary to knit on needles 4 sizes larger than the yarn recommends to create a drape to the fabric. Try this with your yarn and see if you achieve the desired results.

  4. I decided to use your Triplicity shawlette as a mystery kal. I am in a tourist town and close for the winter. This is my way of keeping in touch. I write my own instructions, but will borrow some from your excellent explanations and plan to link to the videos. Last year, my first year in business, we did a true mystery. Therefore, I haven’t told people what they are knitting. (They’ll figure it out soon enough). Unfortunately, I didn’t read far enough or carefully enough, and sold several people chunky yarn. I don’t carry skacel, but sold Berroco Vintage Chunky and Voyage, since they would get 4 st/in on a #10. Now I see my mistake, but some of my knitters have already left for Florida. I’m testing the stitch patterns with Voyage on a #11. Do you have any other thoughts? I really would appreciate your input. Thank you so much.
    Joan Slyker

  5. Yes, the DK is a 3 and 29″ cable needle will be just fine. I think a solid will showcase your stitches. The twisted moss stitch is made by executing a Knit One Below and I do have a video for that. Happy knitting!

  6. Thank you for the information. Is the dk yarn a 3, and i got a 29 ” needle. Is it best to use solid yarn.


  7. Welcome to the KAL! DK weight is closest to Simplicity. If you want to use worsted weight I would recommend a larger needle and you should be fine.

  8. Hi, I can’t get to a yarn shop.Not one near by me. Can i use worsted weight yarn(4) looking forward to starting. I just found out about the KAL.


  9. It’s waiting for you right here. You may need to hit the refresh button for today’s post to appear. Please let me know if you have any problems. Happy knitting!

  10. You are correct, the Knot Stitch is done on the even numbered/wrong side rows. You never know what surprises I have in store for you! This just goes to show you that this stitch is perfect for reversible knitting.

  11. I guess I just wanted a closeup sample swatch to compare my stitch with – not the whole shawl. Maybe just an inch or sow of your video on the particular stitch. I WILL go to Ravelry, though, thanks for the idea.

  12. It’s finally Thursday which brings another piece of the pattern…yea! Can’t wait to get started. I’m surprised that the knot stitch rows are done on the back/non-public side of the shawl. Am I reading this correctly?

  13. Because this is a mystery knit I am unable to post a picture until the next clue is released. However, if you go to Ravelry (please let me know if you are unfamiliar with this awesome knitting website) many of our KALers post their pictures almost immediately along with comments. I’m hoping this will help with your dilemma. Thanks for hanging in with the righties!!

  14. Loveing the KAL!!! Great as all the others! Looking forward to tomorrows post! I only get an hour’s worth of knitting time when I work Night shift for my set of 7 on. This will be my mission while i’m working 🙂 Can’t wait! Keep the good stuff coming! 😀

  15. As a lefty, I think it would be helpful to have you post a pic of the texture stitches, so I can be sure I am doing them right – sometimes it creates problems and if I can see a pic, I can figure out what is going wrong. Thanks – and for this KAL – lots of fun!

  16. Just finished part one!! I can’t wait to see what comes next!! This is fun!! It gives me something fun to look forward to each week!! Thank you!!

  17. Your very kind remarks serve as a reminder on why I love my job. Knitters are the best bunch of people and I am so fortunate to be able to knit with people all over the world. You may be far but you are close to my heart! Keep knitting and chatting with all of us KALers!!!

  18. Believe me – it’s not all it’s cracked up to be – especially when it’s due to health issues and medical complications. I’m extremely limited as to what I can eat – between medical necessity and allergies – I’d rather have zero health problems and not have to take so much medication and carry a healthy weight! Besides, I’ve seen your picture on Ravelry; I think you’re gorgeous!!…as well as very talented and extremely generous. Your KAL’s, which I discovered at the end of #6 this summer, are SO helpful and clear – you help knitting to continue to truly be therapeutic, especially for those of us who are house bound and unable to easily get out for assistance with skills which are less common, or with directions which are written with too many assumptions. I’ve already found 3 instances of M1P, since I read your extremely clear explanation of the various M1’s over this past weekend. Thank you! Because of your gift of teaching and generosity to share your gift, many of us will be able to move from one level of knitting to the next, and even be able to honestly state we’re ‘expert’ knitters all while having fun! Thank you again!! (soapbox over!!! – the consequences of a people person and teacher being house bound for the last five years – you can’t shut us up when there’s someone who actually seems to care!) 😉

  19. Thanks for your interest in the prizes – they are fabulous! The monthly contest entry form will be up on the Skacel website before the end of this month’s project. I’ll let you know when it is available.

  20. My first KAL…LOVE being a part of this. Thank you Michelle for your clear directions, awesome video teaching and especially the final stitch count at the conclusion of each row. As a novice knitter, I was a little anxious about being able to keep up…so far…so good.
    Can’t wait for Thursday and our next installment. The “Simplicity” is luxurious.

  21. Congrats on finishing Part 1! There is no need to post a picture. Some of the KALers post pictures on Ravelry but this is just for fun. Part 2 will be released at 9am EDT on Thursday, Oct. 13th. The clues are released on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Thursdays of the month. Happy knitting!

  22. This is my first KAL. I just finished Part I. Am i supposed to be posting a picture? When does Part 2 come out?

  23. Makes complete sense! Being ‘tall and thin’ – ‘regular’ proportions sometimes can look ‘odd’ on me – so it’s nice to be able to keep the mystery for the KAL, yet still be able to customize, if necessary, later if the shawl seems a bit short when on me. I got 200grams of the yarn – just in case – plus then I should have enough to leave my gauge swatch knit. Thank you again!

  24. This is my 1st KAL, and I’m having a great time! Your instructions and videos are a great help — I’m learning so much.

  25. Hi-I did put in a lifeline, so I’ll make use of it. OF course hoping not to have to use it. But I know exactly what you mean. Thanks for the quick response!

  26. I am glad you are enjoying the KAL and your red yarn. Ten stitches seems like a lot to have to try and “fudge”. Did you put in a lifeline? Can you go back to it easily? We are not far along and it may be best to get on the right track now. I have done projects with a goof early on and I try to keep knitting and realized it was best to correct my mistake. Please let me know if I can be of further help!

  27. Having a great time doing my first KAL and first shawl. Love the yarn, I’m using a pretty red.

    I’ve been counting stitches and have the right number, but I just noticed, on row 12, that the two sides are not mirror images of one another. I’ve got ten more stitches on one side than on the other. Any ideas for fixing?

  28. In order for your shawlette to be larger you would need to continue to increase in each row as we have done in Part One. If you have more yarn it would be easy to repeat one of the sections to make yours bigger. After we complete Part Three you will have a good idea of the design and it should be very simple for you to customize your shawlette. I’ll be here to help!

  29. I’m so happy to have you join us! The emphasis in this project is stitch definition. Stitches are always more prominent in a solid color so that is what I would recommend. I would love to hear what color you chose.

  30. I found a limited supply of HiKoo Simplicity yarn today while shopping. Of the choices I had I preferred a varigated yarn color 505 and wondered about it as a good choice given that the stitch works seems to be highlighted in this pattern. I would appreciate a comment before I start and or purchase, there was a solid that I would consider.

  31. Is it possible to ‘adapt’ the pattern here at the start or later on during the process so that the length will be longer than 15″ blocked?

  32. I am glad you are sticking with it! The Make One will get easier as you work more rows. It is a lovely and nearly invisible increase. Good idea to switch circular needle lengths if that is easier for you.

  33. I’m starting out on a 24″ circular but I’ll transfer to a 32″ circular when I have more stitches on the 24″. The 24″ is just easier to handle right know.

  34. Just finished 11 rows of pattern. Having a little problem with the M1L and M1R stitches but working out the kinks. Had alot of problem doing Row 9 with the lifeline there couldn’t see to well to do the K1B, but got through it.

  35. Yes, you should avoid the stitch markers. The stitch markers will not be able to move up the rows with you if they are caught in the lifeline. I like to use the safety pin style markers because I can easily remove them in these situations. (Don’t use real safety pins as the coil will snag your yarn.) Don’t feel bad, I think every knitter has done this at least once:)

  36. Just got started this evening. I love how drapey the fabric is and The videos and instructions are very clear. One question – when running a lifeline thru a row that has stitch markers, should I avoid going through the markers? I ran it through them but now it seems the lifeline is getting pulled up to higher rows as the markers move up. Doesn’t seem critical, just wondering. Thanks!

  37. Excited to join this KAL – I’m trying to use up some of my stash, so am using a different yarn, but I love the way the stitches are coming out in the first weeks’ sections. Can’t wait to see next week!

  38. I am thinking there might be an error in row 9? Should the two sides of the row be mirror images of each other, like they are in row 11?

  39. Oops. So much for successfully reading directions via blackberry. Did the middle section stockinette. I refuse to frog, though. It still looks good.

  40. I love how the moss stitch came out of the k1b. Amazing and mostly fun – I just kept really good count since I wasn’t quite sure of whether I was reading the stitches right. But it looks good, so it worked!

  41. The videos are excellent. I learned much from them during the last KAL, and I can tell I am going to learn more this time. I am excited to get going as I have never knit a shawl before. I feel confident using this as my first shawl project. Thanks Michelle

  42. I have never used a k1B in a garter stitch pattern. I love the way this section looks. Can’t wait to see what the next pattern in store for us is!

  43. 24″ circulars will work, but your stitches will be more crowded. Be sure to use lifelines so you can take your work off the needles to spread it out and check for errors that may be hard to spot on the 24″. You will be fine!

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