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“More is More” Shawl

Posted by Avital Pinnick on October 24, 2013

More is More Shawl
After I got back from Prague, I caught a cold. One day when I happened to be at home during daylight hours and felt well enough to crawl out of bed, I photographed a shawl that I finished a couple months ago. Its name, “More is More” shawl, is tongue-in-cheek, because it started out as a Less is More shawl. However, I quickly grew bored with counting to four (four rows stockinette, four rows seed stitch, rinse and repeat) and started improvising. The shawl is knit with Aade Lõng Artistic 8/2 in “lamb.” The yarn is actually a bit darker than these photos appear. I should have shortened the exposure a bit (when I have time, I’ll fix them and replace these photos). It was much softer than the “rainbow” colourway. The shawl starts at one corner, increasing along the top edge, and worked to the opposite corner. Below: a row of eyelets, some random welts, an embossed heart pattern, couple bands of seed stitch, and directional eyelets.

More is More Shawl

More eyelets, an Orenburg-inspired diagonal peas pattern, more welts, and a picot cast-off.

More is More Shawl

More is More Shawl

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A Little Knitting: Two Shawls

Posted by Avital Pinnick on January 20, 2013

Rainbow Garden Path Shawl

Occasionally I even manage to finish some knitting projects. 🙂

Yarn is Aade Lõng Artistic 8/2, in “rainbow.” Pattern is Garden Path Shawl, a free Ravelry download, designed by Shui Kuen Kozinski.

I started the shawl on 4mm needles and found that the shawl was a bit denser than I liked, so I started over with 5 mm needles. The yarn has a coarse texture. I don’t recommend it for a garment worn next to the skin, but it is superb for outer wear, like shawls and cardigans. Knitting is a lot like photography. If you want interesting results, you have to bend/break the rules occasionally. Conventional wisdom says to use the needle written on the yarn band and not to combine colourwork and lace. But if you’re not getting the result you want, start over with a different needle. If this yarn were very soft, like Merino, it would probably not be able to support the more open texture created by the larger needle size. Happily, the yarn has enough body to hold its shape.

The pattern was modified somewhat. I didn’t have enough yarn to do the entire pattern (but the shawl is large enough for me) and I’m not fond of pointy ends in stripes, so the bottom edge is cast off as a straight edge, after the second-last rose repeat.

Orenburg Honeycomb Shawl

Orenburg Honeycomb Shawl, from Piecework, May/Jun 2010. Yarn is JaggerSpun Zephyr Wool-Silk 2/18 and a ball of knitting-machine yarn, doubled. This shawl took a long time because both yarns are very fine and I was using 2.5 mm needles.

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Finished Orenburg Shawl

Posted by Avital Pinnick on January 31, 2010

Orenburg shawl

On the blocking wires:

Orenburg shawl

I’m not sure when I started this shawl but it’s been on the needles for far too long. Last night I realised that I only had another 7 inches of the upper edging, so I sat and knitted it until I came to the end. Then I turned the corner and grafted the last stitches. Ugh. I don’t think I will ever love the Russian method of grafting stitches!

The mitered corner is, in my opinion, a bit too tight for a 45-degree corner at the ends of the triangular shawl, although it works for the 90-degree corner at the bottom. I had to block the corners into submission to get them to lie flat. I also had difficult with the length of the edging matching the diagonal upper edge of the shawl. Maybe I knitted the edging tighter than the body but it had to be stretched rather hard during the blocking stage to eliminate puckering.

The shawl pattern is from Gossamer Webs Design Collection: Three Orenburg Shawls to Knit. I will probably try the square medallion shawl in this collection in the future.


I just had a look at my previous postings on the subject. It looks like I started in August.

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Orenburg Shawl Update

Posted by Avital Pinnick on December 16, 2009

Orenburg Triangular Shawl Update

On the home stretch! I’ve worked about a foot of the last edging. I wasn’t sure of my Russian grafting abilities and, to be honest, it seems a little vulnerable to have the entire diagonal edging attached by a chain of stitches that would unravel if one of the strands broke. So I decided to knit the edging onto the edge stitches. Every third row, one selvedge stitch of the edging has to be grafted to two stitches of the body. To keep track of those two stitches, I ran a couple yards of waste yarn along the edge to remind me.

This triangular shawl pattern is from The Gossamer Webs Design Collection.

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Miniature Orenburg Shawl, 2002

Posted by Avital Pinnick on August 18, 2009

Miniature Orenburg Shawl, 2002

I made this shawl in 2002. It was worked on size .5 mm (8/0) needles with 140/2 cotton thread. It measures 5.5 x 1.75 inches and weighs 607 milligrams. It was a donation to Leigh Witchel’s annual benefit auction for his ballet company, Dance As Ever. It sold for $60.

I had almost forgotten about this piece. I was reminded by my current knitting project, a full-size triangular Orenburg shawl.

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Triangular Orenburg Shawl

Posted by Avital Pinnick on August 18, 2009

I haven’t knitted for ages. Last week I started a triangular Orenburg shawl.

Triangular Shawl

The Gossamer Webs Design Collection: Three Orenburg Shawls to Knit

I had some fingering weight yarn, not quite enough for a square shawl, definitely not enough for a sweater. It’s been a while since I knitted an Orenburg shawl and my grafting skills are rusty. According to this book, the Russian shawl knitters use 7-8 inch straight needles. How on earth do they manage to keep track of the patterns if they never see the shawl spread out? It must require very careful counting.

That reminds me of a miniature shawl I knitted years ago.

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