Saturday, July 30, 2011

Anatomy of Monongahela

Below is my latest diagram of the Monongahela Shawl.  If it is unclear you may click on the image to see it REALLY big.  This is taken from the latest shawl I knit up that I called the Red Monongahela even though it is now purple and this image is more blue.

The Cast on is the darker purple area between the two arrows.  It you view the large image you will see it consists of 10 small rectangles.  Each rectangle represents one repeat which emanates from the cast on like the rays of the sun.  I highly recommend using stitchmarkers at each repeat, especially at the beginning.

You begin the shawl with the cast on stitches.  At this point you may decide how many repeats you'd like for your shawl depending on what purpose you'd like it to serve and you may also tailor it to the shape of the person who will use it.  The cast on is really a knitted on edge which will continue as you knit the body in the middle as a 3 stitch selvage.

After cast on is Ground Zero, the 'set up' laceband, represented by the small orange band.  Next is Laceband One, which is yellowish, the Laceband Two, which is greenish yellow and so on.  Each laceband is an expansion of the one preceding and not a repeat.

Gradually more rays or repeats are added from the edge.  In this case 2 from each edge which increases the number of points from 10 to 14.  There are the beginnings of even 2 more points for shawls that end on Laceband Five.

Because each laceband is an expansion of the one previous to it I found it necessary to write up a separate chart(series of charts) for each border laceband.  This is one reason why the PDF is 46 pages.

You only need instructions, either written or charted for the body lacebands you want for your shawl plus one edge.  In this case Lacebands 0-4 and Edge Five.  All told that is 4 pages charted, 5 pages written.  I think a lot of people will also need some 'special instructions,' 2 pages but it is possible to just read them on your computer.
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