In helping my friend sort through her mom's stash I came across
this lovely skein of silk tucked away in a corner of the closet. It
was begging to be used. So I begged, well asked to use
it, to make her a shawl.
Why is it that your neighbor’s yarn is more desirable than your own? My
dear friend's mom was born and raised in Montreal so when I came across
this stitch pattern that resembled the Maple leaf I knew had to incorporate
it in this shawl.
Knitters can find inspiration in almost anything. The combination
of nature and a good stitch pattern book are
my favorite places to start. My next step involves a charting program
or some graph paper. I play around with the increases and decreases,
(X & Os)
until I get something I like. Then I knit the
swatch, just to be sure.
Alves, Sid the snake, Brenda
Patipa photos: Milt
Width: 62 inches
Length at center: 30 inches
Souza Sylvie [100% silk; 750yd/686m
per 6oz skein]; color: Petroglyph; 1 skein
Recommended needle size [always use a needle
size that gives you the gauge
listed below -- every knitter's
gauge is unique]
US #6/4mm circular needle, 32 inches
1 US #7/4.5mm needle (any kind - used for binding off only)
1 steel crochet hook, approx. size US #10/1.30mm (small enough to fit through
holes in beads)
Approx. 350 6/0 glass beads
Smooth waste yarn, similar weight to working yarn
sts/24 rows = 4" in stockinette st using smaller needle,
PATTERN NOTES [Knitty's list of standard abbreviations and techniques can be found here.]
This project uses a provisional cast
on. Use your preferred provisional
cast on technique; directions for
one technique may be found here.
Place Bead: Beads are placed on WS rows using a crochet
hook. To apply a bead to a st, slip bead
onto crochet hook, slip st from left needle
onto hook, slide bead down hook and around st, slip st
back onto left needle, then k or p st as indicated. Detailed
directions can be found here.
Cluster 3 (worked on WS rows
Sl 3 sts with yarn held to front of work, bring
yarn between needles to back of work, sl same 3 sts back
to left needle, bring yarn between needles to front of
work, p same 3 sts.
S2KP: Slip next 2 sts together,
knitwise, as if to work a k2tog. Knit
next st, then pass both slipped sts over
st just knit. This forms a centered double
Information about blocking lace can be found here and
The body and edge charts for this pattern are very large. Each fits on
a letter-sized page.
Click the chart name below and print the resulting page.
At end of last row, turn work 90 degrees clockwise and
pick up and k 3 sts along one long edge of work – this
will be 1 st in each garter st ridge along edge. Remove
waste yarn from CO edge, placing resulting 2 live sts on
left needle; k these sts. 7 sts.
Next Row [RS]: K2, work first row of Set-Up Chart, place
marker, k1, place marker, work first row of Set-Up Chart,
k2. 11 sts.
The markers now in place indicate the center st of the
shawl. From this point on, k this st on RS rows, and p
it on WS rows.
The 2 sts at each edge are the border
sts; work these sts in garter st throughout.
Charts will be worked twice in each row,
Continue as follows, working center st and edges sts as
Work Rows 2-18 of Set-Up Chart. 43 sts.
Work Rows 1-30 of Body Chart three times,
then work Rows 1-22 once more. 267 sts.
Work Rows 1-20 of Edge Chart. 307 sts.
BO all sts using larger needle, as follows:
K1, [sl st from right needle back to left needle, k2tog tbl]
until all sts have been bound off.
Weave in ends, but do not cut tails until after blocking. Block
to measurements given (see links in Pattern Notes), then trim
ABOUT THE DESIGNER
Brenda’s designs are fueled by the creative energy of the
San Francisco Bay Area. Her artistic vibe and desire to explore
new techniques infuses her various creative outlets of cooking,
beading, and most of all, knitting.
You can find more of Brenda’s designs here and