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.
- 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 back. See “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.
- 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.
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 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!