Wool Peddler KAL: Beginning with a Garter Tab

Today, as we try to distract ourselves from the disappointment of last night, we have a guest post from David, who teaches steeking and advanced lace here at Natural Stitches. See more about the Wool Peddler KAL in our newsletter here.

The Wool Peddler Shawl simply begins with 7 cast-on stitches and then proceeds into the garter stitch body and the yarn over increases.  For me, I am not fond of the little divot that occurs when knitting  a top-down triangle shawl from a simple cast-on.  Working a Garter Tab at the beginning of a shawl  will make  a straight, uninterrupted border across the top of the shawl.  The instructions for making a Garter Tab look more complicated than they actually are but after you work a Garter Tab beginning, you will see how easy it is.

Note:  the pattern calls for a one-stitch border but I prefer to always do a (minimum) two-stitch border when working a top-down triangle shawl.  Two stitches will help stabilize the yarn-over increases better than one stitch.  The following instructions provide stitch counts for both the one stitch border and the two stitch border [in brackets].

1.  Using your project yarn and needles, cast on 2 stitches very loosely (some Garter Tab instructions begin with a provisional cast on but I forgo that in favor of simplicity).

2.  Knit 6 [10] rows.

3.  Knit the 7th [11th] row but do not turn work around.  Instead, turn the work 90 degrees so that your needle (the one with the live stitches) is on your right and the work is sticking out to the left.

4.  At the top of the Garter Tab, you will see 3[5] ridges.  Maneuver your work to pick up and knit one stitch in each ridge.  When you get to the end, you will have 5[7] stitches on your needle.

5.    Pick up 2 stitches from the cast on edge.  You will have 7[9] stitches on your needle.

6.  Begin working the pattern instructions.

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One Response to Wool Peddler KAL: Beginning with a Garter Tab

  1. Kim Barron says:

    I will try this. Since I’m going up a needle size for gauge, I might as well try a new start.

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