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BoatLady 05-01-2010 01:23 PM

Garter Tab Cast on for Triangular Shawl ?
Does anyone know where I can find a video that shows how to do the garter tab cast on for triangular shawls that are knit from the center neck down? I've searched Youtube, but must be using the wrong terminology cause I can't find any video on it.

The written instructions are usually something like:
Cast on 3 sts provisionally (I know how to do this.)
Knit 15 rows. (I know how to do this!)
Turn and pick up 7 stitches. (?????)
Turn and pick up 3 stitches along cast on edge. (???)

There are several of the triangle shawl patterns that start with some variation of this method, and I just can't picture in my head how it works.


Jan in CA 05-01-2010 02:18 PM

I've never heard of that before.. :think: You're probably just picking up stitches along the side of the shawl.

Mirl56 05-01-2010 07:16 PM

Yes, you're just making a narrow rectangle of garter stitch rows.

Cast on 3, knit for however many rows. the 3 stitches on the needle are the first three sts, then pick up 7 stitches along the long side of the garter rectangle. Then pick up 3 (or use the 3 provisioanal stitches if you used that cast on) at the other short edge of the garter triangle.
The center stitch of the 13 (or whatever odd number of stitches you have) is the center of the shawl. You usually put markers on either side of it.

2 or sometimes 3 stitches on each end stay in garter stitch.

suzeeq 05-01-2010 07:53 PM

Here's a tutorial for it, but I do it a different way. You're supposed to end up with 13 sts, so I cast on 10 or 11 sts and knit 2-3 rows in garter with an increase on the end of each row until there's 13. Then start the pattern.

BoatLady 05-02-2010 08:13 AM

Thank you, ladies. I think I was trying to make it more complicated than it is. That tutorial cleared it up a bunch, Suzeeq. Thank you for the link.

Debbie 05-02-2010 12:20 PM

Thanks Sue for the tutorial, I want to make "Traveling Woman" shawl and this is how it starts !

suzeeq 05-02-2010 12:32 PM

You're both welcome. I will add that I don't do it like this - I find it way too fiddley to work 2-3 sts in garter stitch, even with heavier yarn. I mentioned an alternate way in post 4 that works with any pattern.

MMario 05-03-2010 08:28 AM

That's a nice alternate, Suzeeq

suzeeq 05-03-2010 10:08 AM

I always do them this way, CO 2-4 sts less than needed to start the pattern, depends on how many garter ows I want at the neck.

I've also begun doing the edges in stockinette rather than garter. It works a little better with just 2 sts rather than 3 and while the edge st curls under, the other one doesn't and makes a nice border. Another one is one I got from the Arrowhead Lace shawl pattern - it has an edge of 3 sts, but only the outer 2 are in garter, the 3rd one next to the YO is stockinette. That's a nice alternative edging too.

jturnrich 10-17-2010 05:23 PM

There's a Jimmy Beans video on YouTube, but the quality isn't very good.

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