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Old 12-24-2012, 03:26 PM   #1
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Pattern help - Knitting a lace shawl
Hi guys I'm new o knitting hawks. My pattern reads the following. Could u guide me in simple words wat this actually means?

"Cast on 3 stitches with scrap yarn using a provisional cast on. Work 6 rows of garter stitch in your working yarn, pick up and knit
3 stitches in the garter ridges and your first 3 stitches removing the scrap yarn. You now have 9 stitches."


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Old 12-24-2012, 03:52 PM   #2
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That makes a little 3 st strip of garter, pick up sts down the ends of the row on one side and then into the cast on sts. I don't like to do them this way, it's just much to fiddley to work on only 3 stitches with thin yarn, or even heavier yarn. What I do in this case is to CO 7 sts, knit 2 rows with an increase in each one, either in the middle of the row or at the end. Then I have the 9 sts needed to begin the shawl.
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Old 12-24-2012, 04:03 PM   #3
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Why does the shawl require a 3 st strp of garter? Sorry for such basic questions
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Old 12-24-2012, 04:10 PM   #4
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I got it thnx
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Old 12-24-2012, 05:10 PM   #5
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They use the garter strip because the garter stitch is going the same direction as the edge sts on the rest of it. I don't think it matters which is why I don't do it; you really can't see it unless it's on display, wouldn't be noticeable while being worn. No one should be looking at the back of your neck that closely anyway...
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Old 12-24-2012, 05:45 PM   #6
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It does give you a nice flexible and reinforced beginning for the back of the shawl at the neck. Here's a video for how-to although the number of sts may be different from your pattern. And here's a short dicussion on the same.
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