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House of the Rising Sun April 10, 2013

Filed under: Knitting,new pattern,tutorial — mlemmonsdesigns @ 11:06 am

Last Friday, my newest shawl design, House of the Rising Sun, made it’s debut at DFW Fiber Fest in the Knitting Rose booth.

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Worked from the top down, House of the Rising Sun is a dynamic triangular shawl that will keep you on your toes with a variety of techniques and color changes. Ripples of color end in lacy points reminiscent of sun beams. The cut out neck and central panel will keep this shawl perfectly poised on your shoulders all day.

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Perfect for pairing a variegated and solid yarn, this shawl uses a beautiful combination of ripples and elongated slip stitch cables. These elongated cables create a splendid embossed effect in three bold panels. The color changes in this pattern have you working from different directions sometimes working two right sides or two wrong sides in a row.

So pick out your favorite skein of variegated fingering weight yarn and a coordinating solid, preferably in a color that is in the variegated, and cast on.

You will be able to see the shawl in person in the Knitting Rose booth at Stitches South, April 11-14, booth 524, and at Yellow Rose Fiber Producers, April 19-21. You should totally check our Lise’s yarn if you haven’t used it before. Her colors are gorgeous and the yarn is fabulous. And Lise is the sweetest person you’ll ever meet. She’ll help you pick the perfect yarn combo for  your shawl.

Here is a photo tutorial on how to do the elongated slip stitch cables that create the embossed panels.

The set up row for the cabled panels has 4 k1els which are: k1 elongated – k1, wrapping yarn around needle 4 times. Drop extra loops on next row.

Here’s how that looks when you work it.

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At the end of the first contrast color row, both yarns will be at the same end of the work, like this. So you’ll then need to push the knitting to the other end of the needle in order to work the next row in the main color.

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When you get to the 4 wraps of the elongated stitches, you will slip the stitch purlwise and drop the extra loops. When working from the wrong side, slip the stitch with the yarn in front. When working from the right side, slip the stitch with the yarn in back.

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On the next two rows, slip the elongated stitches purlwise, again with yarn in front when on a WS and with yarn in back when working on the RS. Notice that the stitches next to the elongated stitch are also very loose. Don’t worry, they will tighten up by the time the elongated stitches are finished and all the slack is pulled out.

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Before working a contrast color (CC) row from the WS. The two yarns are at different ends of the work.

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The first cable that you’re going to work is an ELCP – Elongated Left Cross Purl – Slip 5 sts purlwise from left to right needle,

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drop first elongated st from left needle toward back of work, slip 3 sts purlwise from left to right needle, drop second elongated st from left needle toward back of work.

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Slip 8 sts back to left needle without twisting. Replace the first dropped st on the right needle without twisting, p3, replace the second dropped st on the right needle without twisting,

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p1el, p3, p1el. p1el = p1 elongated – p1, wrapping yarn around needle 4 times. Drop extra loops on next row.

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The next cable is an ERCP – Elongated Right Cross Purl – Drop first elongated st from left needle toward back of work,

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p1el,

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p2, drop second elongated st from left needle toward back of work,

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p1, p1el, replace the first dropped st on the right needle without twisting,

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p3, replace the second dropped st on the right needle without twisting.

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On the next row, working with the main color (MC), knit into the elongated stitches that have been slipped for 4 rows.

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Slip the new elongated stitches purlwise and drop the extra loops.

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For the next two rows, slip the elongated stitches and work the rest of the stitches as they appear. Here’s how the work will look before a CC row worked from the RS.

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The next cable worked is an ERC – Elongated Right Cross – Slip 5 sts purlwise from left to right needle, drop first elongated st from left needle toward front of work, slip 3 sts purlwise from left to right needle, drop second elongated st from left needle toward front of work.

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Slip 8 sts back to left needle without twisting. Replace the first dropped st on the right needle without twisting, k3, replace the second dropped st on the right needle without twisting, k1el, k3, k1el.

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The next cable is an ELC – Elongated Left Cross- Drop first elongated st from left needle toward front of work, k1el, k2, drop second elongated st from left needle toward front of work, k1, k1el,

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replace the first dropped st on the right needle without twisting, k3, replace the second dropped st on the right needle without twisting.

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On the next MC row, purl the old elongated stitches that have been slipped for 4 rows.

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Slip the new elongated stitches purlwise, dropping the extra loops.

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To finish off the cabled panels you will work a RC – Right Cross – Slip 5 sts purlwise from left to right needle, drop first elongated st from left needle toward front of work, slip 3 sts purlwise from left to right needle, drop second elongated st from left needle toward front of work. Slip 8 sts back to left needle without twisting. Replace the first dropped st on the right needle without twisting,

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k3, replace the second dropped st on the right needle without twisting, k5.

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Next up is a LC – Left Cross – Drop first elongated st from left needle toward front of work, k3, drop second elongated st from left needle toward front of work, k2, replace the first dropped st on the right needle without twisting, k3, replace the second dropped st on the right needle without twisting.

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Finished panel.

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