Knitting short-rows with the Miss Grace Free Form Shawl
We’d like to introduce you to our newest shawl kit. In a collaboration with Skeino, we’ve created the Miss Grace Knitted Shawl Kit, a beautiful triangular shawl worked from one tip to a wide edge. The shawl is worked in garter stitch using three colors (only one color at a time, so it’s not stranded colorwork), with gentle swelling waves worked in small short-row sections. Skeino calls this technique “tapestry knitting” and the results are simply stunning.
The finished shawl is rather large, perfect for wrapping around your shoulders to keep you cozy, and you can easily see how the short-row sections create visual interest in a garter-stitch shawl. Each kit comes with plenty of yarn to knit the full shawl, the Skeino Miss Grace pattern, and a canvas drawstring bag to hold your work in progress.
I’ve compiled some tips and tricks for knitting the Miss Grace Shawl—while all of the techniques used in this shawl are easy enough for any skill level, there are some ways you can make the knitting even easier on yourself.
First, a couple of pretty basic things.
- Read the pattern through, all the way, before you start knitting. This is a good idea no matter what kind of pattern you’re knitting, but the Miss Grace Knitted Shawl has information spread out that you’ll need to refer to frequently, so familiarize yourself with where the information is on the page so you can easily find it again when you need it.
- The pattern frequently refers to garter ridges. That equals two rows of knitting—keep that in mind when working those sections.
- You will be increasing along one side of the shawl to form the triangle. I tried out a couple of different increases before deciding that a left-leaning Make 1 worked the best and had the nicest looking result. Don’t hesitate to try out a few different options to get the result you like!
- When knitting short-rows in garter stitch, you normally don’t have to pick up the wraps, as they will blend in nicely with the garter stitch ridges. However, when knitting this shawl, I didn’t like the look of the short-row waves with the stitches left wrapped, so I started picking up the wraps and working them with the stitches. Again, try out a couple of different ways to see what works best for you.
There are a lot of short-rows in this shawl. When I started knitting it, I did what anyone does with short-rows—I flipped the fabric back and forth to work each side of the short-rows. However, once I got further along in the process, flipping the entire shawl got to be rather tedious. I figured out a way of knitting short-rows without ever flipping the work. If you’re familiar with the idea of knitting backwards, it’s quite similar to that (here’s an excellent video on knitting backwards in stockinette stitch for reference). The difference between most of the knitting backwards I had done and this shawl was that I had to knit backwards in garter stitch. As you know, garter stitch is formed by knitting every row in a piece that is worked flat, or by alternating knit and purl rows in a piece that’s worked in the round.
To work garter stitch backwards, you’ll need to keep the yarn in front of the work, and bring the left needle behind the next stitch on the right needle, almost as if to twist the stitch. Then wrap the yarn counter-clockwise around the left needle and pull that yarn through the stitch on the right needle. Don’t worry—I filmed a video demonstrating what I’m talking about (there’s no audio, sorry about that).
About 20 seconds in, you’ll see I have to do a little more finagling to work the wrapped stitch with the wrap below it, from the previous short-row. I slipped the wrapped stitch from the right needle to the left needle, picked up the wrap with my right needle and placed it on next to the slipped stitch on the left needle, moved those two loops back to the right needle, and then brought the left needle through both loops from the back.
Obviously, the backwards garter-stitch knitting is completely optional, but I thought it might be nice to present another option.
This shawl is a showstopper and our exclusive combination of colors makes it even more incredible. Be sure to pick up your Miss Grace Knitted Shawl Kit today—we have a limited quantity of this initial order and are sure to run out quickly!