Shawls from the Top Down and Square from the Middle

July 30, 2013

In addition to the Albers Cowl, we’ve had workshops on knitting a top-down shawl and another on a square shawl, knit from the middle out.

Ann’s instruction has been spot-on — just the right mix of explanation, theory, and flexibility. She’s generous with her knowledge, which is extensive, clear in her instruction, and patient in answering questions and providing guidance.

Here’s the angular variation on her top-down triangle shawl. As you can see, it’s not strictly a triangle (it’s several) and not strictly top-down. The two “wings” give the finished product a lovely drape over the shoulders.


Barb, Cathie, and I all decided to knit the crescent variation. They’re both very speedy knitters. Cathie clearly put her new-found color theory skills to work:


(Not really. She’s using Noro Silk Garden. A couple of our fellow knitters don’t appreciate her sense of humor and were, quite frankly, puzzled when she bragged about how lovely her color combinations were.)

Barb’s using some lovely Paton sock yarn for hers. No photo yet, but I’ll remedy that soon.

I’m using some luscious hand-dyed Blue Faced Leicester Sock yarn by Riverside Studio that I bought in Ottawa earlier this year. I think it’s yummy (if still only a doll-shawl at this point).


I confess that I didn’t pay careful attention to the square shawl workshop because (1) I hadn’t signed up and wasn’t “officially” in the class and (2) I wanted to work on my two current projects rather than take on a third.

However, the square shawl construction is really clever. Square in the middle. Lots of picking up stitches along the edges and then knitting outwards, creating “spines” at each corner (just yarn overs that leave nice holes on each side of a center spine of 2 or 3 stitches). The sample she brought has gorgeous colors and drape, especially since she’s got the knack for wrapping and wearing just about anything.



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