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Old 07-31-2004, 03:27 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I finally got my sil to get me pics of the shawl I made her for her b'day. I LOVE how it came out. I think it just looks lovely on her! She said she wore it to work and had 4 people ask if they can buy one. If I can get motivated, I may just become a WAHM instead of a SAHM.

I used Berrocco yarn, Cotton Twist. It's gorgeous yarn! Small skeins though, took 4. I did skip the tassles I was thinking of putting on it. This project was so easy! If you can knit a scarf, you can knit this.
Here's a link to the pics....
http://www.picturetrail.com/gallery/...0&gid=4871667&
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Soooo cute I want to make one too....It would be a nice WAHM biz...
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Was that knit or crocheted? It's gorgeous! I'd love to make one, too. Where did you find the pattern? (And, I can't tell from the picture - is it a wrap-around shawl, or a pull-over of some kind?)

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It was knit. Pullover style, poncho I guess that would be. I looked at the ones in the store and realized how easy it was. I got the dropstitch idea from the local yarn store. They had a dropstitch shawl displayed. I just asked and the lady explained it to me.

Here's what you do.......Just knit a long and wide scarf shape. I had 47 stitches (size 15 needle). Stockinette stitch until you've reached desired length (I took a few swags of material and tested out the size I wanted it to be before I started.). Then drop stitch at the end when you bind off, like so......... *Bind off 5 (K, BO, K, BO, etc), drop 6th stitch, yo, bind off, yo, bind off* Repeat from *. When finished, pull the weave so the dropped stitch unravels. Then fold scarf in half and stitch up one of the long sides leaving room for the neck at the folded part.
Voila'! You're done.

The shawl at the yarn store had tassles and was tighter knit with a much thicker yarn. Had a completely different look to the weave.
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That is beautiful!! Great job!!

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Thats gorgeous!!! Your sister has beautiful hair too, so much body.
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Gorgeous!!
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Awesome!! I'm working on a cabled poncho in Elsbeth Lavold silky wool.. I'll post pix if I ever finish!

I may have to make one with this pattern too though.. it's gorgeous!!

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That's absolutely beautiful!
As a newbie to knitting, I have to ask you experienced knitters: how long would a project like this take? My mother would look so pretty with an orange one....
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You should add this to the how-to section!!!

It's beautiful!
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Your poncho looks great! Wonderful job.

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Originally Posted by insomniamama
As a newbie to knitting, I have to ask you experienced knitters: how long would a project like this take?
It knits up so quick! I'm not a very quick knitter and I didn't really watch the time but it probably took me around 5-6 hours. A couple of hours each over 3 days. I just worked on it for a bit after ds went to sleep. I was pretty lazy about it actually.

I'd love to see pics if anyone knits one up. Keep me posted ladies!

I'm working on another one right now with different yarn. I had some real cheap undyed acrylic lying around. It's already looking very different just from the change of yarn. Once I'm done I'm going to dye it up. Fun fun fun!
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I love it! It's gorgeous! I've been looking for a poncho to knit with a skinny yarn I have a huge amount of and I'm going to try this. Can you tell me what the dimesions of it are? I'm doing a test right now, to see what my gauge is with the yarn and needles I'm using and would like to know how many inches wide and long you made yours. Thanks!
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Yeah, I'd love to get the dimensions of the rectangle before you do the seam. I think I'm going to make a wine colored one to wear over a dark grey silky cami and black pants for a yearly formal event that I can never get myself to be quite formal for. This'll be close, though... I haven't made anything for myself yet, so this'll be fun. Thanks Ember!

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Wow, it looks great.

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Can *I* be a SIL!?! Pretty please!

I love how it came out! I am itching to make one. Thak you so much for posting!
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Sorry it took me so long to get back! Hope I didn't hang anyone up. I forgot what the dimensions were so I had to go back to measure.
The length was about 72" and the width is 22".
Remember, the width expands quite a bit when you do the drop stitch at the end.

I just knit another one (told you it was a quick project) with some acrylic yarn I had around. It came out ok, I definitely prefer the other yarn I had used for my sil's. It was much thinner and sleeker. It had a sexier feel. I think I made this new one about 76" long. It just needs to be dyed. Hopefully that'll make it more interesting.
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The shawl is really pretty and I would like to make one for myself! How many skeins did you use to make yours?
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The Berrocco Cotton Twist skeins are really small. I think they're like 72yds each. It took 4 skeins of this yarn.

The other one I just knit is with cheapo Caron acrylic yarn (huge skein) and it hardly looks like I touched the ball. It's also a much thicker yarn than the Berrocco.
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That is a beautiful poncho.

I am a beginning knitter and know how to bind off, but I don't quite understand the directions at the last part.
Ember, could you help?
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That shawl is beautiful and I'd love to make it. However, I don't understand the directions! I'd say I'm an advanced beginner-intermediate knitter. I know how to do the dropped stitch by wrapping the yarn twice when knitting in one row then knitting just the first stitch then dropping the second loop on the second row.

If you start binding off, then you're changing the shape of the scarf, no?

Please advise
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Man I need to learn how to knit!!! I love it!

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That shawl is beautiful and I'd love to make it. However, I don't understand the directions! I'd say I'm an advanced beginner-intermediate knitter. I know how to do the dropped stitch by wrapping the yarn twice when knitting in one row then knitting just the first stitch then dropping the second loop on the second row.

If you start binding off, then you're changing the shape of the scarf, no?

Please advise
I am pretty sure you are overthinking it. You basically knit a big scarf and when you are binding off, you drop your stitches. So you bind off X stitches and then WHOOPS! you drop one, etc. Then you just sort of pull it a bit so the stitch you dropped drops all the way to the end - creating the long area you see striping the poncho.

Does that make sense?
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Adina,
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I am pretty sure you are overthinking it.
Ha! I've been accused of that once or twice in my life! LOL. So let me continue on in that overthinking vein:

Now, if you drop the stitches only as you're binding off, then you what do you do with all that yarn at the bottom of the scarf? How do you even out the rest of the stitches around the dropped ones?

Thanks!
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Yup, still overthinking :LOL

There won't be anything at the bottom of the scraf. In essence, you are creating the areas on the poncho that look like stripes. KWIM? That is what dropping a stitch every X stitches will look like once you make sure it has dropped all the way to the bottom. If you have trouble visualizing it, you may have to knit a swatch (or the poncho) and try it yourself. I often have to do that for something to make sense for me.
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Lauira!
Yes, I think a swatch is definitely in order here, but thank you because your last explanation has helped it to start to make sense to me.
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Adina is going to learn to knit at the end of the month, and I'm going to teach her!!

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You're not the only one who's overthinking!
*Bind off 5 (K, BO, K, BO, etc), drop 6th stitch, yo, bind off, yo, bind off*
So the etc inside the parenthesis is another Knit? so you have
*k, bo, k, bo, k, drop stitch, yo, bo, yo, bo* to end
Then what do you do after that? Do you then bind off the next row? So I'm knitting the side (short end) of the shawl and not the long edge right? I think thats whats confusing me too.
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Hmmm, well I was reading it wrong...

I assumed it was just bind off 5, drop 6th, bind off 5, drop sixth, etc. So every sixth stitch was dropped. What is the yo for? I think I am visualizing it wrong! Now *I* need to go knit a swatch!

Hopefully, the OP will be back to help us newbies!
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