Labor Day Shawlette

Blog20160331 - 1My boss at work gave me a printout of a pattern a couple of weeks ago. Someone had worn one into the shop earlier in the week and BossLady said it was really nice.

I’m not someone who feels compelled to knit things only in the yarn indicated by the pattern. But I actually had a couple of skeins of the specified product, languishing in a project bag.

Blog20160331 - 2Not a bad knit. Most of the shawls I knit start at the top, which is the neck edge. This one starts at the bottom and works up. The patterned band is worked first, then the body of the shawlette, with short rows to make the whole thing crescent-shaped.

I can hear you groaning now. Short rows! Yuck!

Au contraire!┬áThese are what I think of as “Sock Heel” short rows – no wraps. Just turn the piece, then work a decrease to close the gap from the previous turn. Easy peasy.

I added a few bands of garter and eyelet for interest. They match the top of the border and, I think, make the body a little more texturally interesting. There’s an i-cord bind off to provide a little stability and a nice finished edge.

Pattern: Labor Day by O/C Knitiot Designs
Yarn: Crazy by Stonehedge Fiber Mill
(all links go to Ravelry)

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