I finished the Bryce Canyon Shawl today. The last step was to add a 6 row garter stitch border to match the edges of the shawl and the bottom of the triangle. Then I used a knit one, purl one bind-off to make sure it would be elastic enough. The edge took a while to finish but I’m pleased with the results. I’ll share the bind-off here since I’ve used it a couple other times and really like it.
1. Cut the yarn 3 times the width of the edge and thread a yarn needle. Insert the yarn needle purlwise into the first stitch. Pull the yarn through. With the yarn needle behind the next stitch, insert it knitwise into the purl stitch and pull the yarn through.
2. *Slip the first knit stitch knitwise and insert the yarn needle into the second stitch on the needle purlwise. Pull the yarn through.
3. Slip the first stitch purlwise. Go behind the next stitch and insert the needle knitwise into the next stitch. Pull the yarn through. Repeat from the * in step 2 until all the stitches are bound off.
The next step is to block the shawl. It is stretched out of the way because of the lace. It needs to be stretched to allow the lace to lay flat. I’ll post pictures of that, but here are the images of the finished shawl (below).
In addition, I finished the prayer shawl for a friend of a friend who has colon cancer. It’s a triangle shawl like the Bryce Canyon Shawl, but with an allover lace pattern that’s K1, *YO, K2T. The edges are a 3-stitch garter stitch border with a YO, which is where the shape comes from. I used a picot bind-off which is quite pretty, along with 3 tassels.
|This is an overall view of the shawl that shows the 3 lace diamonds and the lace outline, which is a vertical lace trellis stitch from Barbara Walker.|
|This is the bottom, center, medallion, also from Barbara Walker.|
|This is the medallion on the left. When worn, this appears over the left shoulder and down the arm.|
|This is the right medallion and, like the left, appears on the arm.|
|This shows the bound-off edge with the garter stitch edge and the sewing needle bind-off.|
|This is the first comprehensive picture of the Prayer Shawl. I used Lion Brand Homespun, in Harvest colorway. The shawl is too large to show flat (it’s on a Full bed), so I folded the edges. I used tassels on each of the 3 corners.|
|I stepped back to show the shawl again. I love the way the yarn stripes.|
|This is a detail of the picot bind-off, on the inside left; ont he inside right you can see the garter edge with yarn-over increase. The bind-off takes a while, but as you can see the results are worth it.|
The preparation of the Prayer Shawl will simply be to wash and dry it. It doesn’t require blocking, since the yarn doesn’t pull out of shape.