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Charlottesville, Virginia

I learned to knit at the tender age of eight, and there was no stopping me. I spent decades knitting all kinds of garments for family and close friends. In 2005, I opened the online yarn shop ...

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(6) Name: 'Knitting : Minoan

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • cast on
  • bind off
  • increases and decreases (explained in pattern)
  • garter stitch bind off (explained in pattern)
  • follow chart for slipped stitch pattern

Pattern Description:

Minoan is an easy to knit shawl with a slip stitch pattern that creates intricate looking color work achieved with only one color per row. It is worked from the top down starting with a garter stitch tab. The body of the shawl is worked in stockinette stitch with garter stitch borders. Four increases are worked on right side rows and two edge increases are worked on wrong side rows to create a shawl that grows in width faster than it grows in length. The multicolored section is charted with a clear explanation of how to work the slip stitch pattern. Minoan is completed with a unique garter stitch bind off to create a continuous border around all sides.

Minoan is offered in two sizes: 56" (61") wide x 17.5" (21") deep

Yarn: Madelinetosh DK, 1(2) skein of Graphite, 1 each of Tart and Winter Wheat. Actual yardage used approximately 215 (320) yards main color, 50 yards of each of two contrast colors.

Gauge: 4 stitches = 1"

Be sure to work the garter stitch bind off loosely so the shawl can be blocked flat. It may be necessary to go up a needle size.

You Will Also Need:

  • US #8/5 mm 40" circular needles
  • stitch markers
  • tapestry needle