Fjord River Knit-Along Shawl – Part 2

Hello and welcome to our Knit-along, where we hope we can visually help you along your way with your Fjord River Shawl.

This week we are looking at section 2 & 3 from your magazine.

You can download the pattern from issue 3 here…

Last time we finished with our next colour already attached, ready to start section 2, which was Arctic blue. Our pattern after working the Garter stitch ridges now moves onto Moss stitch.

If you can knit and purl stitches then Moss stitch is just a different combination of the two, where the stitches alternate between knit and purl, creating a lovely texture which is clear and crisp.

Moss stitch is a great knitting staple; here we use single moss not to be confused with double moss.

The difference being that the stitches alternate on every row for single moss stitch where for double Moss stitch the return row stacks the same stitch on top of each other (a little like 1×1 rib) and then when working from the right side again, the stitches begin to alternate.

Throughout you will be working the same edge stitches to give a neat pretty edging and in the centre of your shawl the same ‘ladder’ effect is set by using yarn overs (this is also how the structure of your shawl begins to take shape- as there are no counteracting decreases, your yarn overs start to increase naturally while also forming the lace pattern).

Keep an eye on the centre stitch/ marker ( a separate lobster claw stitch marker can be  kept on the middle stitch and moved  up section by section)

N.B please note that after row 4 it should say Rep these last 4 rows 4 times not 8! We apologise for this .

We then move on to more Garter stitch ridges while changing our yarn colour. This will continue throughout your shawl to help indicate visually where your colour changes are.

Section 3 now introduces a simple lace pattern. If you have never tried lace before this is the perfect starter as you have already been using some of the techniques in your shawl. The pattern is made by using your yarn overs to make the holes but then also using 2 types of decreases to stop the extra increase of stitches distorting the shape of your shawl.

The lace patterns and the centre ladder pattern are made throughout by making yarn overs.

Knit to the required place within your row

Move your working yarn to the front of the work

With the yarn still coming from the front of the work, knit the next stitch (this will be the centre stitch).

Again bring the yarn to the front of your work after knitting the centre stitch.

With the working yarn coming from the front of the work knit the next stitch.

In pieces that do not need the stitch count to increase, there would normally be equivalent decreases to counteract these extra stitches made. However in your shawl the yarn over serve 2 purposes; one being to create holes as part of the design and two to create the shape of the shawl

On your return wrong side row, purl into the yarn over to establish the increase.

Why use 2 different types decrease and not just one?

This is all about the direction in which they make your finished stitch lay. By using the 2 types the decreases become part of the pattern making them mirror each other, facing into your central ladder.

Next week we take on section 4

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