Congratulations to Doris Stewart, this week's KAL Giveaway winner! She'll receive two skeins of Noro Kureyon Air, perfect for upcoming fall projects!
Welcome to Week 2 of the Noro Crescent Shawl knit-along!
This shawl, which is featured on the cover of issue 8 of the Noro Knitting Magazine, is worked from the bottom up in a stockinette pattern, starting with a lace heart border followed by short rows that form the crescent shape.
Each KAL post will start with an overview that outlines what we’ll be learning and working on for the week. You should read the “review” section before working on the corresponding “action” section. At the end of every KAL post, you’ll receive information on where to post your progress and questions, see this week’s giveaway, and get a preview of next week!
This week’s post is all about the short-row section. If you haven’t finished the border yet, that’s okay, take your time and come back to this post when you’re ready to work this section.
Week 2 Overview
All about short rows
How to make short rows
What is "wrap and turn?"
ACTION: Work "Body" of shawl pattern
All About Short Rows
“Short Rows” are partial rows of knitting which create curves or added fabric in a project. They are created by working only some of the stitches on the current row, then turning the work mid-row and working back in the other direction. Short rows can be made at the ends of a row or in the middle of a row, as needed, for the project shaping.
The section of the project where the short rows are worked becomes longer than the remainder of the project. Therefore, if short rows are worked in the center of a piece, such as this shawl, the shawl is pulled into a curved, crescent shape.
Other projects might use short rows for creating extra fabric at a certain point in the project. For example, in sweaters, short rows can be used for shaping the shoulders or to help fit around the bust.
How to make Short Rows
In this pattern, you will be starting on the right side and knitting the number of stitches indicated in Row 29 of the pattern. (Note that you’re only working a portion of the total number of stitches on your needle.)
Tip: To maintain the clean slipped-stitch side edge, slip the first stitch as you did in the border, then knit one fewer stitch than indicated in the pattern.
Now turn your work so the wrong side is facing you. Work row 30, purling the number of stitches indicated. Turn again.
Tip: You will know that your stitch count is correct if you have the same number of stitches on each side of the stitches you just purled.
On the next row, you’ll be back on the right side. Note that there is a gap between stitches 7 and 8 on your left needle.That gap is where you turned the work in the last row.
For row 31, knit to one stitch before the gap. You will then make a ssk decrease using the stitch before the gap with the one after the gap.This decrease closes the gap. Continue the row as indicated.
For row 32, purl past the ssk from the prior row, across the row to one stitch before the gap. Make a p2tog with the stitch before the gap and the stitch after the gap, which will close the gap on this side.
Continue repeating these 2 rows as indicated in the pattern, noting that on each row, the gap moves 3 stitches closer to the edge each time.
Tip: To maintain the clean slipped-stitch side edge, on the last WS row, slip the first stitch as you did in the border.
If you have prior experience with short rows, you may have been directed to “wrap and turn” before working back in the opposite direction. Doing this eliminates the little hole that is formed at each turn, where the “gap” is created.
What is a "Wrap and Turn?"
In this pattern, there isn’t a need to do a “wrap and turn” because the decreases eliminate the hole by joining the stitch before the gap with the stitch after the gap.
Work "Body" of shawl pattern.
Ask me questions
During the week, if you have questions, please feel free to post them as comments to this blog post or in the Noro Shawl Knit-Along thread in my Ravelry group here.
Share your project
If you’re on Instagram, you can share photos of your shawl in progress using the hashtag: #LMBKAL. Make sure to tag @lmbdesigns.
This week's giveaway
Congratulations to Patti Tschaen, the winner of last week's giveaway of a set of Ann Tudor's limited edition stitch markers.
This week’s giveaway is for two skeins of Noro’s new Kureyon Air in color #332 (Lime, Olive, Jade, Purple). The lucky winner will be announced as an update to this blog post on Friday, so check back to see if you’ve won!
In order to be eligible for the giveaways, you MUST be signed up for the KAL. To sign up, click here and select "I am interested in... Knit-Alongs."
Next week’s post will discuss how to make the shawl wider, options for finishing the top edge, bind-offs, and tips for blocking.
FAQ for Week 2
1. Do we need to use the stitch markers for the body of the shawl?
No, you don't need them for the body of the shawl since there isn't a pattern repeat to keep track of any more. You could remove them at any point after Row 19 of the border chart, as they aren't needed from this point forward.