The Serape Showstopper
When I saw the Serape Shawl on the cover of Knitscene Summer 2015, I knew it would be popular.The colors, the southwest motif, the fringe—it all works together perfectly in Megi Burcl’s vibrant shawl. The shawl is knit in garter stitch with sock yarn on size 5 needles; you begin knitting at the narrow corner and increase as you go. The motif at the top of the shawl is knit in intarsia in stockinette, and the fringe is added at the end.
If you’ve been waiting for the kit for the serape shawl, it’s here! You’ll get six skeins of Shibui Staccato and the magazine containing the pattern. When you feel the Staccato, you’ll know you’re in for a treat. It’s a beautiful, soft yarn that’s a 70/30 blend of superwash merino and silk. And the colors are incredible, as you can see from the shawl itself.
One thing I was hesitant about with this shawl was the fringe. I’m usually not a fan. But the more I looked at the pattern, the more the fringe grew on me. I decided would definitely add it if I knit this shawl. And fringe is very common in southwest fashion, so it’s a natural on this pattern. I do like the delicate weight of this fringe; it adds so much without being heavy.
Here’s how Megi accomplishes this perfect look:
Find a piece of cardboard and cut it to 4½” tall by 6” long. (Megi didn’t specify the length, but you need a bit of room for the next step.)
Wrap the ivory yarn 213 times around cardboard and cut along one edge. You’ll end up with 213 strands of fringe, each 9″ long. With a crochet hook and working along straight selvedge edge, pull 1 strand through each of first 3 garter ridges (1 strand in each ridge), then tie 6 resulting strands together an in overhand knot, leaving a small gap between the knot and the edge of the shawl. Repeat for each set of three ridges along edge. Trim fringe to desired length.
I think the trick to the finished look is spreading out the strands among the garter ridges and then tying them together with the small gap above the knot. As I said, I’m no fringe expert, but I think this method is pretty great, and I might use it on other knit shawl patterns.
Even though the Serape Shawl debuted in the summer issue of Knitscene, it would be a beautiful splash of color in the wintertime. Imagine it against a black or charcoal gray coat—fabulous.
Get your Serape Shawl kit now, before they sell out!
P.S. What’s your feeling about fringe: yay or nay? Leave a comment below, and cast your vote!