Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Drop Stitch Shawl Pattern for the Round Yellow Loom

This elegant shawl is perfect for an evening out. Because it's made from very warm Superwash Merino wool, it will keep the chill off your shoulders and it's easy to maintain. This wool is washable.

The dropstitch is a knitting technique for creating open, see-through knit with a lacy appearance. In loom knitting, stitches are deliberately dropped in a repeated pattern to achieve this desired effect. This dropstitch shawl was created by alternating rows of drop and e wrap stitches.

Intermediate skills are required. If you've mastered all the beginning loom knitting stitches, such as the e wrap and purl, the drop stitch is a good next step. It will require approximately 10 hours to complete.

You Will Need:

To make this shawl, you will need the supplies below:
6 skeins of Knit Picks Swish Worsted Merino Wool Yarn (Black)
Extra Large Round Knifty Knitter Loom (Yellow)
Knifty Knitter Hook 

Instructions for the Dropstitch Shawl
  1. Holding 2 strands of yarn together as one, cast on by e wrapping 30 pegs.
  1. E wrap and knit back to peg 1.
  1. Purl peg 1 twice. Purl peg 2 twice.
  1. Double e wrap pegs 3 through 30. ("Double e wrap" means wrap each peg 2 times as you move clockwise around the loom. Each peg will have 3 loops when finished.)
  1. Knit back to peg 3 bringing the bottom loop over the top 2 loops.
  1. Drop stitch pegs 3 through 30 by lifting the top loop off each peg. This releases the double loop into one large open loop, or dropstitch. Push these open loops down on the pegs as you work to prevent them from coming off the loom.
  1. Repeat from step 2, eighty times or until the shawl reaches the length you desire.

The first two pegs of this shawls are knitted by alternating the e wrap and purl stitches. This creates an edge that will not roll.

Add the Fringe

To the Dropstitch Shawl

Fringe is added along the sides and bottom of the shawl.

  1. Holding 3 strands of yarn together as one, cut them into 10 inch pieces.
  2. Still holding 3 yarns together as one, fold them in half. Using a crochet hook, feed the hook under two loops from the side of the shawl. Hook the yarns you are holding together and have folded with the crochet hook and pull them gently through the loops. Pull them approximately one inch with the hook. This creates a loop.
  3. Feed the loose ends of the fringe through the loop created in the previous step. Tug the ends gently to tighten the knot and secure the fringe.
  4. Continue along the sides and bottom of the shawl until all three sides have the amount of fringe desired. (See the photos below.) 

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