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frenetic@charter.net
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Posted - 08/01/2009 :  11:16:20 AM  Show Profile Send frenetic@charter.net a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I am going to knit a shawl for someone who has cancer and does not have a good prognosis. Any pattern suggestions that I can knit in a week or two perhaps? I am not a real fast knitter and have maybe an hour or two a day to knit. I was going to use fingering weight yarn but could go to a heavier yarn. Thanks!
Sharon

LJ
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Posted - 08/01/2009 :  11:50:30 AM  Show Profile  Visit LJ's Homepage Send LJ a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I like a "broken rib" pattern....
Row 1: knit 3, purl 3 across the row endng with knit 3
Row 2 knit (or purl) across.

Knitting on larger than called for needles is fun.

Hugs to your friend.

Linda in Va



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frenetic@charter.net
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Posted - 08/01/2009 :  12:16:00 PM  Show Profile Send frenetic@charter.net a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks, I need something on the mindless side too as I am very upset about this news and have mush for a brain right now.
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FiberChef
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Posted - 08/01/2009 :  7:31:40 PM  Show Profile Send FiberChef a Private Message  Reply with Quote
You know, a DK weight would speed things along, but still not create a heavy shawl. Given that it is still summer most everywhere, it might be a thought. Also, I can knit a Forest Canopy out of either DK or fingering faster than a pair of socks.

Sorry for your sad news, I got one of these recently, too. Sometimes life just seems to unfair.
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frenetic@charter.net
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Posted - 08/02/2009 :  02:58:34 AM  Show Profile Send frenetic@charter.net a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Actually, I had thought of that pattern, also Ishbel, because some people on Ravelry said it was a quick knit. Using a heavier yarn is a good idea.
Sharon
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Calamintha
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Posted - 08/02/2009 :  08:00:27 AM  Show Profile Send Calamintha a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm very sorry about your friend. That must be very hard for all her friends and family. For the shawl, Feather and Fan is another possibility. It is a fairly simple pattern that is easily learned and looks wonderful in any yarn. I would agree about using the DK weight.

There is a free pattern here or you can make a rectangular stole also very quickly just using repeats of the basic pattern.
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maribelaprn
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Posted - 08/02/2009 :  09:38:46 AM  Show Profile Send maribelaprn a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My favourite "quick knit" wrap is Cozy. It's made with worsted weight yarn, but is not too heavy. The pattern works up quickly. I can make this shawl in a few days if I have to (and I've done that many times).

Sorry to hear about your friend. I think your shawl will bring her much comfort.
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frenetic@charter.net
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Posted - 08/02/2009 :  10:19:09 AM  Show Profile Send frenetic@charter.net a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Which yarns did everyone use? I had thought of using a feather and fan stitch, but have made her a shawl already using that stitch.
Sharon
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rather be knitting
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Posted - 08/02/2009 :  11:51:35 AM  Show Profile Send rather be knitting a Private Message  Reply with Quote
If you do Forest Canopy, i'd suggest adding another couple of repeats. Love it, but it is really a small shoulder shawl. Another simple, very easy, but impressive shawl is Shetland Triangle in WrapStyle. Again, i'd add a couple of repeats.

Since you are on Ravelry, more simple triangles, made special by using wonderful yarn --
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/la-las-simple-shawl
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/one-skein-shawl
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/lavalette
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/sunday-morning-shawl
I'd suggest checking the projects pages for any of these for some variations and great yarn ideas.

You might want to consider something with shoulder shaping to help keep the shawl in place --
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/comfort-shawl-2
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/raglan-shawl
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/weavers-wool-mini-shawl
Again, check the project pages to see variations that are often even more interesting than the pictures with the pattern.

Wishing your friend the best possible outcome. I'm sure whatever you knit will make this difficult time a bit easier to bear.

claire
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frenetic@charter.net
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Posted - 08/02/2009 :  3:21:49 PM  Show Profile Send frenetic@charter.net a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thank you Claire! I already did 3 Shetland Triangles (my only lace except for feather and fan), and thought I'd try something different. I'm off to take a peek at those you suggested.
Sharon
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rather be knitting
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Posted - 08/02/2009 :  9:06:30 PM  Show Profile Send rather be knitting a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Oops, forgot this one --
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ulmus
This one is done in 2 colors. The top part of the shawl is a slip stitch pattern that is very easy and goes quickly (i'd categorize it as "mindless knitting" with fabulous results because of the 2 colors). Then you do the lace border in one of the 2 colors. The border is deep (34 rows), but the charts are very clear and there's lots of good "visual markers" on each row. I'm finishing up my first one now -- and it won't be my last! It's taken 2 weeks (i'm using fingering weight on #7. There's also a KAL for this shawl on Ravelry. Again, check the project pages for interesting color combos. She gives 3 sizes -- for my next one i'll probably do the medium size using DK weight on #8-9. It will go quickly.
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frenetic@charter.net
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Posted - 08/03/2009 :  06:51:25 AM  Show Profile Send frenetic@charter.net a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have that pattern and was planning on doing it someday! It is helpful to know that it can be done quickly. Need to find some dk weight yarn--for some reason, don't have any in my stash. Thanks!
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Wen
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Posted - 08/04/2009 :  02:59:13 AM  Show Profile  Visit Wen's Homepage Send Wen a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by frenetic@charter.net

I have that pattern and was planning on doing it someday! It is helpful to know that it can be done quickly. Need to find some dk weight yarn--for some reason, don't have any in my stash. Thanks!



lol. this shows the differences between countries. Every second ball in my stash is 8ply/DK.

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scarfitup
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Posted - 08/06/2009 :  04:46:52 AM  Show Profile  Visit scarfitup's Homepage Send scarfitup a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I am so sorry to hear of your friend's condition. Prayers go out to her and her friends and family, and of course, YOU!

I don't use a pattern for my shawls (but there are some very lovely and interesting ones shared here). I use up stash - any size, singly or in combinations. I gather up stash by color families (or whatever strikes me at the moment) - the more variation in texture, tone, type, weight, plain, variegated, whatever. I use size 19 needles, starting on straight because I don't like circular, but changing to circular when it becomes necessary. You can use circular for the whole thing if you like, of course. I use simple garter stitch throughout, starting with 7 stitches cast on and adding a stitch at the beginning and second from end in every row.

I change yarns at will (or when used up), intentionally leaving the knots hanging out. When the piece reaches the length I want, I bind off V E R Y loosely. I usually pull all the knots to one side so the wearer can choose to wear it smooth or funky. No ends to weave in! I generally add fringe with the yarns from the piece, but it could be fringed with just one yarn (a ribbon yarn works well), or it can be left fringeless. You can see examples on my flickr site below - look in the set called "Wraps & Shawls."
Louise



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knits_for_preemies
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Posted - 08/06/2009 :  05:48:14 AM  Show Profile  Visit knits_for_preemies's Homepage Send knits_for_preemies a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The shawl pattern Calamintha suggested truly does knit up easily and very pretty (don't let the less than flattering picture with the pattern fool you).

I didn't knit this pattern for a couple of years, because I only thought of it the way the picture portrayed--not my cup of tea.

Then I decided to use up some stash and knit it in solid ivory, then I knit another in white. Here's a picture of one of them:
Link here

I personally don't like fringe (and hate to put it on--takes forever), so I left it off. The bonus is, the scallop shows up, which I think makes the whole thing look better anyway.

Barbara

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purlewe
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Posted - 08/06/2009 :  06:04:08 AM  Show Profile  Visit purlewe's Homepage Send purlewe a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I highly recommend the One Skein Shawl that Clara wrote up right in this forum. It is very mindless and yes goes quickly. I think I finished mine in about a week.

http://www.knittersreview.com/article_yarn.asp?article=/review/profile/070412_a.asp

If you use DK it will go even faster. You acn see mine here:
http://www.ravelry.com/projects/purlewe/one-skein-shawl

I also love Shelia's Diamonds and Pearls Shawl. It is found in the Knitter's Book of Yarn (Clara's book). It really is a shawlette, but if you keep doing the bottom repeats you could go much longer.

http://www.ravelry.com/projects/purlewe/diamonds-and-pearls-shawl

I recommend these 2 shawls b'c they both took me less than 2 weeks to knit.

I am very sorry to hear about your friend. I will send light and hope your way and her way. I really HATE cancer and I am sorry to hear about your friend.



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And if you give her some yarn, she'll make you one too. ~quentin crisp

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Dore_Levy@Brown.edu
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Posted - 08/06/2009 :  06:09:14 AM  Show Profile Send Dore_Levy@Brown.edu a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I am so sorry to hear about your friend. I know that your act of love in knitting for her will bring her great comfort. Thanks to the charming generosity of "Marieflyfly" via Ravelry, I received this pattern for the ultimate comfort shawl. I used a soft handspun white with shreds of bright silk, but it will work for any yarn smooth enough so that the "flowers" show up. This is so easy to knit, works up fast and is incredibly elegant. Thank you again, dear Marie!

"Queen of Denmark Shawl"

Length 100 cm
Yarn: 300 g Danish 75% kid mohair- 25% merino blend (350 m/100g)
Needle 4.5 mm
Gauge: 20 st and 30 rows over 10 x 10 cm

Start at middle of neck. Cast on 9 stitches.
1st row and all WS rows: k2, purl to last 2 stitches, k2 (the 2 knit stitches will form an edge)
2nd row: k2, m1, k2, m1, k1 (this is the middle stitch), m1, k2, m1, k2
4th row: k2, m1, k4, m1, k1 (middle), m1, k4, m1, k2
6th row: k2, m1, k6, m1. k1, m1, k6, m1, k2

Shape shawl: Cont in this manner. This way 4 stitches are increased on every RS row. Continue until you have appr. 250 stitches on each side of middle stitch. Knit 8 rows and cast off knitwise on WS.

Placing of flower pattern: When you have 14 stitches on each side of middle stitch, place 1st flower on next RS row appr. 4-5 stitches after the 2 edge stitches. Thereís 15 stitches between each flower, and they are placed symmetrically on each side of the middle. Itís an 18 stitch and 12 row repeat (meaning there are flowers on every 6th row). I have a photo of the little chart, that Iím enclosing.

Make flower: On RS p3tog and keeping them on the needle. Then knit the same 3 stitches together leaving them on the needle, and then purl same 3 stitches together and then move stitches to right needle.
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materavis
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Posted - 08/06/2009 :  06:28:06 AM  Show Profile Send materavis a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Add my prayers for all of you. My first thought was less for the pattern than the yarn. If you use a kid mohair or suri alpaca you can do it on large needles quickly. A basic stitch in multicolor, or a rectangle in feather and fan, could be worn several ways. Many years ago I made the f & f stole for a favorite grandmother. It was given back to me after her death, and I now wear it in her memory.
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DulcimerKnitter
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Posted - 08/06/2009 :  08:31:48 AM  Show Profile Send DulcimerKnitter a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Knit Picks had a free pattern called "Drop Stitch Shawl With Twist". Unfortunately I don't see the pattern listed on their web site any more, and they no longer carry "Twist" yarn. However, if you can get ahold of the pattern, it is very easy and works with just about any yarn. I have made about 6 or 7 of them, with yarn anywhere from a light DK to a gorgeous bulky mohair to a ribbon yarn, and they have all been beautiful. The pattern goes quickly. It also makes its own fringe -- you unravel 5 stitches along one side after you have completed the shawl, and it magically creates the fringe! I'd suggest that you knit a little swatch first to figure out how the fringe works. Good luck!
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frenetic@charter.net
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Posted - 08/06/2009 :  08:49:19 AM  Show Profile Send frenetic@charter.net a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thank you Clara for putting my question in your email today. I am going to print all the responses and save them, as many times I am looking for a quick shawl for someone who needs comfort or for a new mother. I have a large yarn stash and it is really wonderful to see so many suggestions where I do not have to purchase yarn. And of course, not having to run out and buy it or order and wait for it to come, means more time to knit!
Hugs to everyone for taking the time to respond and for your kind thoughts.
Sharon
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susannahk3
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Posted - 08/06/2009 :  08:56:42 AM  Show Profile Send susannahk3 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Barbara: You are right! That pattern is SO MUCH more beautiful in solid. Do you remember how much worsted weight yarn it took? I have some I am looking forward to using if I have enough.
Thanks,
Susannah
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