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Charted Designs For Traditional
Knitting
Kaipara Valley Lace Shawl
Skills Required –Intermediate level.
Basic stitches (Knit, purl, yarn-over,
paired decreases and double
central decreases, central cast-on,
oversewn bind-off).
Chart-reading would be an
advantage
Knitting in the round.
Emily Ocker’s crochet cast-on for
circular knitting –video is here.

The Kaipara Valley Lace Shawl

https://www.youtube.com/watc
h?v=U65eywy044g

While travelling to and from Helensville before I moved
here, I was aware of the open valley floor leading to the sea.
The spread of the shawl shows this.

Yarn
200gm Lace Weight wool.

I wanted to denote the pine forests on the hill-tops so I used
an upside-down candle stitch for the tree outlines. The main
roads through and around the hills became the increase
points at the four corners. Of course our roads are not this
straight but they do traverse long distances like the lines
here.

I used 1 ply alpaca lace from
Waitakere Alpaca 107 Monk rd,
South Head, South Kaipara.

The ox-bows of the Kaipara river are more stylised in this
shawl than in reality. They were a charting challenge but I
was pleased with the effect. The edging is a reminder of the
mangroves clumping around the shoreline.

1.75mmLace circular needles.
I used 4 separate 1 metre long
circular needles opened out.
A 2mm crochet hook to start the
centre.

Miscellaneous
Knitting markers to separate the
pattern-repeats.

Gauge
9.5 knit stitches to one inch or

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I designed this over April, began knitting in May and
completed it in September of 2014 .

Needles

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This shawl is knitted from alpaca in lace-weight from
Waitakere Alpacas at South Head.

http://www.waitakerealpacas.co.nz/

9 knit stitches to two centimetres.

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Charted Designs for Traditional Knitting

The shawl weighs 200gm and was knitted on 1.5 mm needles ; It was knitted from the
middle out on four needles. The shawl measures 1.16 metres square.
It was dressed on a traditional Shetland style dressing frame with the knitted edge held
by small nails.

Dressing Frame for Shawl

Fiona MacBride

Disclaimer
This pattern will not give you every single stitch and every single step. It
is a presentation of design notes and should be read as a guide only.

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This Shawl won the Helensville Agricultural and Pastoral Show category for “Knitted Article Any
Other Wool or Mixture” February 28th 2015.

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Schematic Drawing and Construction
Starting at the centre and
working outwards, the shawl
design is in four triangles and
worked as a whole.

The main body ( i.e. the top two-thirds) is made
up of the "Candle-Light" stitch repeated in a
lattice. The shawl is worked in the round with
two stitches increased at the end of each
triangle section. The increases create lines which
run at 45 degrees from corner to corner and
through the centre.

The river motif is set in the bottom third of the shawl and is edged by a
simple "Feather and Fan" stitch.

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Shawl showing overall design divided into quarters.

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The Emily Ocker method of starting a circular knitting piece with a crochet chain, then threading
the tail back through the loops, is a safe way of starting a shawl without losing your mind. The
link to a video is on page one.

Chart for Main Body of Shawl.
Start at bottom right corner. As you are knitting in the round, only RS rows are charted.
Due to space considerations, only a section the chart is supplied. You will be mirroring
the chart over the centre line and continuing the pattern until 306 stitches are on each
quarter section.
Main Body Chart
Work in this direction adding a stitch at each side of each section until you have enough
to safely position the river motifs. Six repeats of the river motif will need 306 stitches.

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The last stitch detailed in the key, sl1,k2tog, psso, is a double decrease stitch.

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River motif and main body pattern.

Start Here.
Construction Advice and Caution:
Not every stitch is detailed in this pattern. You will be required to repeat patterns
outlined in the chart and to mirror where only one half is given.
You will need to take some care with placing the river motif accurately. Take some time
to count and re-count. It is quite normal to add rows or reduce rows at this part of a
shawl to absorb discrepancies in stitch count.

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As the river motif needs a 51 stitch repeat, you will need to be working in multiples of
51 stitch-counts to place it.

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Chart for River Motif

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River motif pattern –total 51 stitches.

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Placement Chart for River Motif Border Pattern

Edge Pattern For Shawl

This pattern is based on “Feather and Fan”.
Again you will want to check stitch-count and placement.

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Having the yarn-overs on the corners is the ideal.

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Finishing and Blocking
Weave in ends and hand- wash gently in a plant-based fibre wash. Rinse and squeeze
out excess water.
Working swiftly, block or dress on a frame (see page 1). Be prepared to re-set the
tension and the pull of the shawl by moving around three times or more until all the
fabric is evenly spaced out.

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I made a Shetland frame out of four 2m lengths of smooth milled timber. I drilled holes
at 10cm intervals from the ends in. I bought four bolts with wing-nuts and big washers
to put through the holes and clamp the frame with right-angles. I then nailed panel pins
along the timber lengths to hook the wool edge over.

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Copyright
This pattern is not available to be copied.
The intellectual property contained and detailed in this pattern solely
belongs to Tin Shed Yarns of Helensville, Auckland.
If you want to use this pattern for charity knitting, you are obliged to
contact me and ask….a quick e-mail will suffice.
If you want to use this pattern for teaching, you are obliged to contact me
and ask…..again a quick e-mail will suffice.
I can be contacted at the details below;

Contact Details

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Fiona MacBride, Helensville, South Kaipara, Auckland.

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