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Noro Shawl KAL: Week 3
by Lisa
on 08/21/16 06:30 pm
by LMBDesigns on 08/21/16 6:06 pm
Categories: Knit-Along Tags: noro shawl kal knit-along

Congratulations to Cheryl McIlroy, this week's KAL Giveaway winner! She'll receive a beautiful set of Limited Edition Ann Tudor stitch markers.

Welcome to Week 3 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
This week’s post is all about the finishing of your shawl. If you aren’t done with the body yet, that’s okay, take your time and come back to this post when you’re ready to work this section.

Week 3 Overview

    • How to make the shawl deeper
    • How to calculate how much yarn each row or bind-off will require
    • How to make an alternate edge
    • Tips for binding off
    • How to block your shawl
  • ACTION: Bind off and block your shawl
  • I still have more yarn! What can I do with it?



How to Make the Shawl Deeper

If you have more yarn than you need for the bind off, you may want to make your shawl deeper. One way to do this is to continue working stockinette rows, slipping the first stitch of each row as you’ve already been doing to keep the neat edge.

Your last row of the short row section should have been a wrong side row. So, to continue working in stockinette, knit the next row, then purl the following row. Repeat these two rows until you have only enough yarn left to bind off.

How to Calculate how much yarn each row or bind-off will require

In order to use up your yarn, but not run out it when you bind off, it is a good idea to calculate how much yarn you use to work a row. One way to do this is as follows:

  1. Before starting the next row, measure out about 120 inches of yarn from the tip of the needle.
  2. LOOSELY tie a slip knot at the measured point (you can also tie a contrasting color of yarn around your main yarn or tie a twistie tie.)
  3. Work the next row.
  4. If you have yarn left before the knot: measure the length of yarn remaining until the knot, then subtract that measurement from the 120 inches. The resulting measurement is approximately how much yarn you use for each row.
  5. If you get to the knot but haven’t finished your row, measure out an additional 12 inches or so, tie a new knot, untie the old knot, and finish your row. Then follow instructions in step 4.

I discovered that I use about 114” for each row worked.

Note that the bind-off row will use approximately 50% more yarn than a typical row. To calculate how much yarn you will need for your bind-off, take the number of inches you calculated to work a row, then multiply that by 1.5.

So, in my case, I take 114” x 1.5 = 171 inches for my bind off row.

How to Make an Alternate Edge

Because the body of the shawl is worked in stockinette, the top edge will curl when you wear it. There’s nothing you can do about this, as this is the nature of the stockinette pattern. It also doesn’t matter how severely you block it, it will still curl.

I say, “embrace the curl!” The rolled stockinette edge is part of the design of the shawl.

But if you’d like to try a different stitch pattern to counteract the curl, you can add a few rows of all knit (garter stitch) before you bind off.

Alternatively, you could add a decorative edge. By working rows 19 through 26 of the border chart, you will not only create a garter-based pattern that will help keep the edge from curling, but also a lovely eyelet ridge that mirrors the design of the shawl. To do this, calculate enough yarn to work eight more rows plus the bind off.

Tips for Binding Off

As I recommended for the cast on, you will need to make the bind off stretchy. You can do this by making a basic bind off with a needle one to two sizes bigger than what you used for the rest of the shawl.

A basic bind off is:

1. Knit the first two stitches.
2. Insert the tip of your left needle down into the first stitch on your right needle.
how to bind off knitting
3. Lift the stitch up and over the second stitch and off the end of the right needle.
how to bind off knitting
4. One stitch will remain on the right needle. You will have bound off 1 stitch. Knit another stitch.how to bind off knitting
Repeat steps 2-4 until 1 stitch remains. Cut the yarn, leaving a tail. Draw the end of the tail through the last stitch.

Alternatively, you can use any type of stretchy bind off that you prefer.

How to Block Your Shawl

There are many different types of blocking. I generally prefer to wet block my projects, as this works well for most fiber contents.

To wet block:
  1. Fill a sink with lukewarm water. Add a small amount of gentle detergent, such as Woolite, or other wool washes such as Eucalin or Soak.
  2. Immerse project in the sink, gently squeezing project to allow water to penetrate fully through the fibers. IMPORTANT: Do not wring or twist your project.
  3. Allow to soak until the shawl is completely water-logged.
  4. Rinse shawl, then gently squeeze to remove some of the water.
  5. Lay shawl on a towel, then roll up shawl in the towel, squeezing as you roll to remove more water.
Pin to dry:
Place shawl on blocking mats like these or on top of a towel laid out on a spare bed or rug (any surface in which you can push pins into will work).
  1. Using t-pins and starting in the center of your shawl, put one pin in the top edge of the shawl and one in the center “point” of the border pattern, pulling to match final width measurement of shawl. Note that if you worked extra rows after the short rows, your shawl will be wider (deeper).
    • The points are created at the bottom of the S2KP stitches. Pull the shawl fairly aggressively to accentuate the points.
  2. Work from the center out to the edges, pinning each point and edge, pulling the shawl more vertically (width) than horizontally (length).
how to block a shawl
Depending on your gauge and yarn used, your shawl may be a different size than the pattern sample. To keep the pattern design proportional, pull more vertically than horizontally.

Let dry, then remove pins.


Bind off, weave in ends, and block your shawl.

scarf pattern yarn
I Still Have More Yarn! What Can I Do With It?

As I mentioned in this blog postthe pattern specifies two balls of Noro Mirai yarn. Due to yarn consumption irregularities and differences in tension, you may need only one ball. Fortunately I have created a new scarf pattern just for KAL participants, so you can use up your remaining yarn!

You’ll get a link to this new pattern in next week’s blog post!

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.

ann tudor stitch markers

This Week's Giveaway

Congratulations to Doris Stewart, the winner of last week's giveaway of two skeins of Noro's new Kureyon Air in color #332 (Lime, Olive, Jade, Purple).

This week’s giveaway is for a set of Ann Tudor's limited edition stitch markersThe 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

Next week’s post will show off some finished projects, provide the link to download my exclusive new scarf pattern, and announce the contest to win the grand prize! If you’d like your photo featured in the blog, please post photos on the Ravelry group here or on Facebook here.

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