Thursday, June 9, 2011

A Labor of Love: Knitting Project Complete!

I will not even disclose how long I have been working on this.  The point is, my lovely shawl is finished and ready to enjoy! I should be clear - the pattern was for a shawl but I went up a needle size to make more of a throw. Let's call it a wear-around-the-house shawl. I came across this gorgeous (and free) vintage pattern which was a perfect project as I wanted to try my hand at open work. A funny story - since my genius self decided to switch up the needle size, I proceeded to forget this detail when I started the second half. I'll never forget this first experience of having to unravel hours of hard work! According to Mom, knitting veteran, it probably won't be the last time. At least now the 6 row pattern is forever ingrained in my mind... Well, the final product is just stunning if I say so myself. I was skeptical about using a rainbow hued yarn on such an already intricate design however, it turns out to showcase the color scheme of rich browns, blues, greens, grays and purples very nicely. The yarn was spun in a non-traditional style - woven into a mini tube rather than just two strands wound together - which made it extra study. My result and the modified/simplified pattern are below. 
Also making its debut below is my prized rocking chair. My parents purchased it in Italy when I was a baby to rock me in. How did they know my style?! The piece is exquisite with clean, modern lines and a wonderful upholstery.  Each dot of the fabric is actually woven, not printed so the texture and colors really pop. And talk about functional, it actually comes apart for easy storage. Maybe that's how Mom and Dad managed to keep it 11+ moves later across several states and continents. 
Images via: Me and Free Vintage Knitting (b&w image only)
Allegro Shawl
You need:
8-10 balls bulky yarn color of your choice
1 pr. wooden knitting needles No. 12
Gauge: I don't measure this usually :)
1st Section: Cast on 63 stitches (sts) and work in pattern as follows:
1st Row: Knit (K) 1, K 2 together (tog), * K 9, slip (sl) 1, K 2 tog, pass slip stitch over K st (p.s.s.o.), repeat from * 3 times, K 9, K 2 tog, K 1.
2nd Row: K 1, Purl (P) across row to within last st, K 1.
3rd Row: K 1, K 2 tog, * K 7, sl 1, K 2 tog, p.s.s.o., repeat from * 3 times, K 7, K 2 tog, K 1.
4th Row: Repeat 2nd row.
5th Row: K 1, K 2 tog, * yarn over (y o), K 1, repeat from * 4 times, y o, sl 1, K 2 tog, p.s.s.o., repeat from 1st * 3 times, (y o, K 1) 5 times, y o, K 2 tog, K 1.
6th Row: Repeat these 6 rows 23 more times. Place all these sts on a strand of yarn, cut yarn. Make another section in same manner but ending with 5th row of pattern, leave on needle, cut yarn. Place right side of both sections together and with free needle, * sl 1 st from 1st section, sl 1 st from 2nd section, repeat from * until all sts are on 1 needle. Bind off as follows: attach yarn at beginning of row, K 2 sts tog, K the next 2 sts tog, * pass the 1st st over the 2nd st, K the next 2 sts tog again having 2 sts on needle, repeat from * until one st remains. Cut yarn and draw through remaining loop.
FRINGE: Cut fringe in length of your choice. With the help of a crochet hook, attach two, doubled over stands at once, on every other stitch on each end of the piece. 


  1. I am always secretly jealous of those who can knit. I in no way have the patience to learn and not get frustrated when it doesn't go my way. So kudos to you!

    P.S. Just found you via 20SB's. Nice to meet you!

  2. Hi Tricia,

    Nice to meet you too! Ah yes, as you can see in my post I had to surmount some knitting difficulties myself :) Thanks for checking out Very Vanilla, I am still knew to the blogosphere but am loving every minute of it! I will check out your blog as well!


  3. Hi -- I found you out of frustration, mostly! I'm trying this very same pattern, but I'm, flummoxed on row 5. No matter what I do I end up shorting myself. Is there some sort of magic I don't know about? I'd love to have something as beautiful as the one you've knit!

    Very kindly yours.

    1. Hi there,
      Ah, yes, I definitely know how frustrating knitting can be! It has been a little while since I did this pattern but I don't recall having to change anything in it to make it work. Have you been slipping the first stich at the begging of each row? Not sure if that would make a difference but I think it's the only thing I did differently...good luck, I hope you can work it out!


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