Saturday, February 9, 2013

Shell shocked

For some mad reason, I decided to use some of my low-twist singles hand spun ECX yarn to knit a traditional Shetland Cockleshell stole.
The pattern doesn't seem too difficult until it gets to the "knit 13 stitches together" bit. Couple this with yarn that breaks if you sneeze near it, and it becomes pretty tedious.
But I shall soldier on - and do all the weaving-in of ends and intense blocking when it's done - it will not defeat me - yet anyway.
On 3.70 circulars
There are three shell rows now and I'm beginning to see that it might be nice when there are 11 shells and it's finished and blocked.
May as well put the pattern here:
C/O 348 sts on 3.75 needles (long circular was best for me)
K 3 rows.
K3, (pattern) 18 times, K3
Work 12 row pattern 11 times in all
Knit one further row.

12 row pattern:
1. k1, yo, k2tog, yo, k1

2. k1, kfb, k15, kfb, k1

3. k all

4. k all

5. k1, kfb, k1, ffb, k13, kfb, k1, kfb, k1

6. k1, kfb, k1, kfb, k13, kfb, k1, kfb, k1

7. k all

8. k all

9. k1, yo, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo, k2tog, (yo, k1) 11 times, yo, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo, k1

10. (k1, kfb) 3 times,  (sl1, drop yo stitch) 12 times, sl 1, k 13 slipped sts together, (kfb, k1) 3 times.

11. k all

12 k all

yo = yarn over

kfb - knit front and back of same stitch.


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