Transient – Part 2

This week’s knitting brings another garter stitch lace pattern nestled between two bands of garter stitch.  I think you will love the charm it adds to our reversible shawl.  I recommend inserting a lifeline into your knitting before continuing on with the following sections.  I don’t want you to lose last week’s hard work.

Section 3 – AABB

We begin at Section 3 which is knit with Color AABB in all garter stitch.  Depending on how much remained in your run of Color AAAB, your yarn should change to AABB in short order.  For your reference, all of my samples changed to AABB somewhere in Row 77.  It is OK if your color change is a bit different – the gradient nature of the yarn is very forgiving!

At the end of Section 3 you will likely be knitting with ABBB or pretty close to it.  My samples changed to ABBB somewhere between Row 94 and 95.  You must continue through Row 96 to reach the required 98 stitches for the upcoming lace in Section 4.

Section 4 – ABBB

This section is worked in the lovely Cat’s Paw pattern.  Often used in Shetland lace fabrics, which are garter stitch-based, this is one of the rare circular motifs in knitting.  A few carefully arranged pairs of simple increases and decreases are all that are needed for this little charmer.  They really do resemble their namesake:)

Section 4 is the shortest one so far and you will find yourself left with a good length of ABBB remaining after Row 108.  I had approximately 40 – 45″ of ABBB remaining after Row 108 in my samples.  Have no fear if yours is different – we are almost to the end of row concerns in the shawl!

For the newbie lace knitters in the group, rest assured that the upcoming patterns are very simple and relaxing.  Be proud of your progress!

Section 5 – BBBB

Another stretch of relaxing garter stitch awaits you in Section 5.  The yarn changed to BBBB in my samples ranging from Row 109 to 111.  My yarn changed to BBBC in Rows 123 or 124.  Everyone must knit through Row 124 to achieve the required 126 stitches needed for next week’s Section 6.

After Section 5, you will no longer need to worry about the yarn changing at or near a prescribed row.  Next week’s clue uses a new formula that is unique to each knitter.  It’s so much fun!


Happy knitting,



20 thoughts on “Transient – Part 2

  1. This is my 1st, but definitely not my last, KAL. So much fun. I’m already looking forward to the next one.

  2. My phrase of the week – I PERSISTED! With many redos, lifelines, stitch counters (every ten stitches) and constant counting, I did it! I am ready to move on to clue three and I am loving how it looks. Thanks for all support through your comments!

  3. Debby, Thanks so much for knitting with me! Just continue along with the pattern and your yarn usage and color changes will be fine. Increasing several stitches in one row will have an impact on the shape of the shawl. I promise that all will be well:) Happy knitting!

  4. Hi MIchelle. This is my 3rd or 4th KAL with you. Love the creativity and support. Thanks so much. My problem is I’ve finished row 93 and have only about enough AABB to make another 1/2 row. My gauge is off, obviously. Should I add a few stitches to make the row count match up with the pattern (e.g. make my row 94 have 98 stitches by the end) or just carry on? I know you said we’ll need the whole skein for the project. When you reply, please use my name, Debby. It will make it easier for me to find your response to me. Thanks so much. D

  5. Hello Michelle! I’m knitting my third or fourth KAL with you. I enjoy them a lot. I need your input about this one. I’ve just finished row 92 and will switch into AAAB in the middle of my next row. My gauge must be way off. But this far into the project I don’t want to start over. What do you suggest? Should I just follow the pattern even though the transition will be off? I know you said we’ll need the whole skein to complete the project. Or should I add a few stitches to make the transition to AAAB with the right amount of stitches on the row? I hope this makes sense. Thanks for your response and your creativity.

  6. This is my first KAL and I’m loving it. Both “clues” are complete…very happy so far. Not without stress however, but with constant stitch counts, a “cheat” sheet and silence from my other half, I’ve made it work. Thanks for a great pattern and all of your dedicated work. Knitting is the best therapy ever!!!

  7. Thanks for knitting 14 Carat with me! You will purl the first yarn over and drop it off of the needle, then purl the second yarn over through the back. My Double Yarn Over video will help clear things up for you.

  8. Hi,
    This is my first KAL with you and I am finding it fun, however, using a lifeline and stitch markers are a MUST for me to keep on track. Thanks for the tips 😉

  9. Oops!!!! My mistake. I’m doing the knit along as well as the 14 Carat poncho from the Best of Knit Purl Hunter book and this particular stitch was in the poncho pattern.

  10. When you purl through the back loop, are you supposed to purl the first yarn over as usual and then purl the second yarn over through the back loop? Or do you keep the first purled yarn over on the needle as you then purl the second yarn over through the back before moving the stitches like you do wth kfb? I tried both ways and can’t tell which is right.

  11. I’m really enjoying this KAL! Love how the yarn feels while I’m knitting & it’s neat how the 4 strands play together. Part 1 Garter Stitch section, I had the new colour start on my last row – yay! The colour change in my lace section came in when I had 3 or so rows left (I’m pretty sure I knit lace looser than garter stitch). Hopefully that won’t gibble the next sections up (?)

  12. I have 2 yards left after section 1 with aaaa, should I be continuing into section 2 with the remaining aaaa (2 yards)?

  13. Thanks so much for knitting Building Blocks and the KAL with me! Yarn overs can be tricky buggers. Try sectioning off small numbers of stitches (perhaps 10) with markers as you move across a right side row. On the wrong side count those stitches in each group so as not to knit a yarn over with its neighboring stitch. Keep up the good work!

  14. Made it through Part I with the help of lots of lifelines and am eager to start Part II. I completed your Building Blocks series this winter and learned so much. With your Tips and Techniques it was like you held my hand all the way, so I felt confident to try your knit-along. My biggest problem in the last lace section was accidentally knitting a yarn over with the stitch next to it when I did the wrong side rows.

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