Disco Ball Shawl Extras

If you came to 3 Kittens during the Minnesota Yarn Shop Hop 2017, you probably picked up a copy of our Disco Ball Shawl pattern. Unfortunately, there just wasn’t enough room on the printed pattern to incorporate several useful tips, so we’ve put some extras in this post to help you finish your shawl successfully.

Schematic

Disco Ball Schematic

 

 

This is a rough drawing of the shawl. The actual shawl’s hypotenuse (the longest edge) is actually curved as is the bottom edge.

 

 

 

Section 1 – Color Sequence

The following chart is a representation of how the color sequencing occurs in Section 1 of the shawl. Some people (like me!) are more visual and like charts and diagrams. This is for you!

Disco Ball Color Sequence

(The red numbers in the # of sts columns correspond to the stitch counts in the written pattern.)

Finding the Stitch in the Row Below for Make Bobble Instructions

My test knitter didn’t know exactly what I meant by “st from the row below at the base of the bobble”, so we thought a series of pictures might help you!

Locating the Stitch Below the Bobble

To Shorten the Shawl

This is a large shawl. If you would like to shorten it, I suggest removing the last stripe sequence.

I hope all of this helps you make the Disco Shawl!

~ Laura

the evolution of a hat pattern (part 1)

This is the story behind my new design, the Go USA Hat, that I just posted on Ravelry as a free pattern. I think many people are curious about how designs come into being and how many iterations of a project are sometimes necessary before a final product is ready.

 

When we heard that Imperial Yarn’s Erin was being used by Ralph Lauren for the USA Olympic Team’s Opening Ceremonies sweater at the Sochi Olympics, I knew right away that I had to make something out of that yarn! We didn’t carry the yarn, but we have carried other Imperial Yarn products.  It wasn’t difficult to get the yarn into the store!

At first, I was going to try to come up with a Mystery Knit-A-Long, but as I was driving cross-country (Minnesota to Oregon) with my daughter in mid-January, my brain started going through all kinds of ideas of what I could do with red, white and blue yarn – and a mystery KAL wasn’t one of them! Instead, I immediately started thinking “hat.”

I didn’t have the yarn yet from Imperial Yarn. I had ordered red, white and blue Erin (100% wool, raised in Oregon and processed in the US). And, I hadn’t even thought to bring something else with me in the same weight (yes, I did have two knitting projects with me and one needlepoint one, but nothing that would work for what I wanted to practice with). So, we stopped in Fargo at Prairie Yarns where I visited with my friend, Keatha, who owns the store,

Keatha

and bought some worsted weight yarn there. Then, I made my daughter drive so I could play!

I wish I still had the swatches to show you, but being super efficient, I threw them away. I knew I wanted to do some kind of colorwork, but I didn’t want it too complicated.  I originally tried a couple of slip-stitch patterns that would allow me to incorporate all three colors fairly quickly. But it all looked too busy. So I decided to do simple stripes.

I opted to do a beret shape, because the US Olympic team outfits always have a beret as part of the ensemble. OlympicBeret

I spent some time looking at beret patterns on Ravelry and found the Colette Pattern which helped me to figure out the basic shape of the beret.

Tomorrow, I’ll show you my first attempts at the beret.