I’ve been waiting for Clue #3.  My favorite part of any project always involves increases/decreases/shaping.

The method I’ve chosen for this shawl is simple.  You’ve probably seen it around in shawls by Susanna IC and many others!  We’re going to do short rows, yes, but we’re going to hide them in our decreases.  No wrap and turns, no funny business.  Still keeping it simple enough for a beginner.

Every so often we’ll break rhythm and add a stripe.

Since it’s pretty easy (and someone knit most of this on a road trip), I’ve taken pictures of the first short row sequence, as well as a picture of the finished clue.

We start by knitting 172 and placing a marker.  This is the last time you will have to count higher than 10.  (in this pattern, anyway)

Turn, slip 1 and k10.

Place another marker and turn.

Knit to 1 st before the next marker.

SSK, k6, turn.  (Your marker will always be right between the two stitches used in the decrease on both sides.)

Same thing on the wrong side.  I will have to slip the first stitch and remove my marker.  Then I will return the slipped stitch so I can p2tog.

You can see my p2tog if you count over 7 stitches on the right needle.

The next four rows are very much a repeat of the previous two, so I’ve skipped ahead a little bit.  This is Short Row Sequence #1 completed.

Row 1 of the Stripe Sequence should feel very familiar.  It’s just like Rows 3, 5 and 7 of the Short Row Sequence, but with one minor change.  After you ssk, k6 and move your marker, just keep going to the end of the row.

Row 2 of the Stripe Sequence is similar to Rows 4, 6 and 8 of the Short Row sequence.  Again, work your decrease, p6, place your marker and just keep on going!  The following picture shows the whole piece after Stripe Sequence #2 Row 2.

The rest of this clue draws upon what we already know.  The rest of the Stripe Sequence is just two rows of CC and two rows of MC, like back in Clue #2.

This clue has two more Short Row Sequences and two more Stripe Sequences.  I didn’t feel the need to take a picture of each one.

But when you’re all done with Clue #3, you should have something like this:

We’re almost done!  Can you feel it?

Next week, we’ll do a little more striping and a little more short rowing.  Since you’ll already know how to do that, my blog post will probably focus more on the bind off and blocking.

See you next week!

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