I knit to create a special and unique garment. So in order to accomplish that, I always use the best yarn I can afford. After all, if I'm going to put in all that work and time into a project, I want to end up with a finished product that is beautiful and worth all that effort. Anyone who knits, knows that they do so not because they are think they are saving money by making whatever they are knitting themselves, but because they enjoy knitting and love the feel of the yarn and the end result. Let's face it, between the cost of yarn, needles, etc., knitting is not really a cheap hobby. This shawl is an example of that.
The yarn I used was Interplacements, Lotus. It is a 100% silk, hand dyed yarn. The color was Dusky Plum. The skein was 500 yards, so I only had to use one skein for this shawl. The skein did run $52.60, so it isn't a cheap yarn. But the color, feel and drape of the yarn is gorgeous. Also, because it is hand dyed, there are very subtle variations in the yarn color, which add interest and beauty to the finished project. I bought the yarn from a local yarn shop in my town.
This yarn called for a #6 needle.
I started out with 3 stitch method of working from the top down.
Cast on 3 stitches. K 3 rows. Rotate work 90 degrees clockwise so that the side edge is on top and pick up 3 stitches from the long edge. Rotate and work another 90 degrees clockwise so cast edge is on top and pick up 3 stitches from cast on edge. You should have a total of 9 stitches on the needle.
Row 1. K3, place marker (PM), YO, K1 (this is the center stitch), PM, YO, K1, PM, K3.
Row 2. and all even rows (wrong side of work) K3, P all stitches until the last three stitches, K3.
Row 3 and all right side rows: K3, YO, K until before marker, YO, K1 (center stitch), YO, K unitl last three stitches, YO, K3.
You will be repeating Row 2 and Row 3 until you have 201.
Then you are going to do the lace edge. It is a very simple pattern. Basically you are purling 6 rows (garter st) in between a YO, K2tog, row. You are also maintaining the center row as a stockinette stitch so that it looks even throughout the whole shawl, and the last three stitches on the edges are also always knitted to maintain a garter stitch. You are also maintaining the increases on the right side of work so that you continue to form the V shape of the shawl. So with that said this is what you will be doing.
Right side of work: K first three stitches (always), then purl until marker and YO, P until center marker, YO, K (center stitch), YO, P until last three stitches, K3.
Wrong side of work, K3, P until last three stitches, K3.
Repeat these two rows 3 more times (which is a total of six rows)
Right side of work (Row 7) K3, *YO, K2 together* repeat until center stitch, YO, K center stitch, YO, *YO, K2 together* YO, K3.
Repeat this lace pattern five more times. Then repeat the garter part for six rows.
On the right side, Cast off (all in K).
NOTE: Every other time when you repeat the lace pattern on the row when you are doing the yarn overs, you will have a row when you have an extra stitch because of the normal increases. Don't panic. When this happens you will know because you will have only one stitch left before you have to K the center stitch. What you do then is just YO, P1, YO, then K your center stitch, YO, P1, YO, and then continue with the rest of the K2 tog., YO that the pattern calls for. It will never be noticeable when the shawl is done. This is a very forgiving pattern.