Solaris Shawl KAL

by Sharyn Anhalt May 01, 2016

Solaris Shawl KAL

The shop KAL for May is the lovely Solaris Shawl, by designer Melanie Berg. Melanie ran a KAL in her Ravelry group last fall, so there are lots of inspirational color combinations in the projects section on Ravelry. You'll need at least 820 yards of fingering weight yarn for your main color (generally two 100 gram hanks) and 50 yards or less of five contrasting colors.

Choosing colors can be hard! Coming up with a "theme" for your coordinating colors is a good place to start - for example, you want brights, pastels, shades of blue, etc - once you have your theme established, you'll have a guide to choosing your main color. Or start with your main color - there is no right or wrong way, just choose a place to start.

Melanie's Ravelry group has lots of helpful threads and links for this design and more. One link I want to be sure you have is this instructional video on German short rows.  The pattern never mentions it by this term, but the first place you encounter it is in Section 3, rows 3 and 4. You're instructed to "k to last 10 stitches, turn and work on double stitch". The double stitch is the turning portion of German short rows. You'll continue to work shorter and shorter rows while working Section 3, creating double stitches along the way. When you complete Section 3, the next row works instructs you to "work each double stitch like a normal stitch". That is, each turning point stitch (which looks like two legs on either side of the needle) is counted and worked as just one stitch. Please read through the pattern and then watch the video, because I think it will answer all your questions!

One other tip I want to pass on before you get started, is how to avoid a tight edge on the side of the shawl where you do a double increase. The pattern is written with this increase as a "KFBF" stitch. Some knitters found that this stitch left them with little stretch on that edge. There are several approaches to working a looser stitch here, but the easiest solution I found was to use a "Knit, yarnover, knit" into one stitch to work the double increase. It looks virtually the same as the kfbf stitch, and should loosen up your edge.

I'll post photos and more info as you all get started, but wanted to give you this info so you're ready to go!




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