Pattern Notes – Small Shawl KAL

So I know that Vicky is waaaaay more thorough than me but I wanted to keep the folk doing the 4+ or more colors up-to-date on my shenanigans. Let me preface this with the fact that I had no idea I was going to channel my inner Norwegian for this project. When Barbara, Janet and Sandy bought the color kits I put together I knew I had to do more than just change colors every 50 rows.

First, I love this cast on method. You will still get some of the annoyances of the tab method, but there’s a little bit more forgiveness and less stress with picking up stitches on edges.  If you follow the pattern and remind yourself right side row has four increase stitches and wrong side has two then you will be just fine. Note, there are some issues on Row 12. You should have 35 and not 44. From there the numbers are thrown off so I found myself ignoring Rows 13 and on until page 6 when knowing my stitch count was very important. If you follow the pattern to as you should by Row 54 you will have 161 stitches on the needle.

So for the nerds like me you should know I changed my colors on Row 31 following my 3 Row Peerie. On Row 41 I needed to break up the yellow. I did this with my 7 Row Peerie using Red as my complimentary color. I refer to this as Color B-1 since I only use it periodically along with color C-1, the dark blue. Row 53 I introduce color C, orange with a 2 Row Peerie of alternating 2 knit stitches by 2.

Before I did anything too ambitious I completed Rows 56-60 to understand the purpose of the slipped stitch section. This is indeed your hundred acre woods and you are just on the edge of the forest. On Row 62, a wrong side row, I introduce C-1, dark blue as the knit while slipping the orange stitches. I maintain this on the knit side. Do not break the yarn off. I decided to carry the blue with me on Row 64 so that it would be a part of the whole slipped stitch tree section. This gives the illusion of depth in the forest! Not that I figure it out then, but I can see it now. On Row 68 you can break off the dark blue and leave enough tail to weave in later.

Stay with your Color C through until Row 77. Here I begin my odd transition to Color D, a vibrant green using a 4 Row Peerie. I carry the yellow through it all until it’s time to change over to Color D on Row 80. This helps me to tie in all the colors thus far excluding the dark blue. As we dive in to the heart of the forest, the dark blue will have an important role producing the shadows and depth.

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