This is a tutorial for the Weekend Shawl pattern by Anne Kuo Lukito. It’s a simple, elegant and easy-to-work shawl written for 2 yarn weights in 6 sizes
How is it constructed?
The pattern starts at the top. Increases are worked along the rays, widening the shawl.
I’ve never worked a project this big before and have never done lace. Do you think I can?
The way I learned to be a better knitter (and am still learning) is to find projects with skills that I was not familiar with or very experienced in. It makes learning more fun. The pattern is pretty straight-forward in the body. The body is divided into sections marked by stitch markers, so it makes it easy to see where you work increases. This also helps you keep track and make sure that you have the right stitch count in each section between the markers. The Saturday lace only requires shaping stitches (yo, decrease) on the RS rows. The Sunday lace requires a little more attention – you work shaping stitches on both RS and WS rows. However, the Sunday lace does not span a large number of rows. Putting lifelines in your knitting should also help you.
What is a lifeline?
It’s a piece of contrasting thread that will literally save your sanity when you knit. You thread a lifeline through the stitches in a row you know you’ve knitted correctly. This way, if you have a mistake that requires ripping out, you can rip back to that spot and the lifeline holds the stitches so you can just put them back on your needle and know exactly how far you ripped back.
For lifelines, I recommend unwaxed dental floss. Before moving on to a new row, I thread the dental floss on through the stitches on my needle with the help of a tapestry needle. I usually do this after a stitch repeat (after checking that I had worked everything correctly and had the right number of stitches.
For the Weekend Shawl, I recommend putting in a lifeline right before you start the Saturday lace and before you start the Sunday lace. If you are less experienced in reading your knitting and fixing mistakes, you might want to insert lifelines more frequently, including the aforementioned, when half of the body section has been worked, halfway through the Saturday lace, and in between each of the Sunday lace repeats.
I see that the shawl is worked in a background of St st. Will it curl when you wear it?
No. Blocking and working on a loose gauge prevents curling. I’ve worn it several times and it does not curl up after you wear it. Any curling while you knit disappears after blocking. If you don’t like St st, you can always work the body in garter stitch, though the vertical depth of your shawl will be more shallow than the finished measurements in the pattern.
I want to use yarn in my stash. Can I do it in a DK or worsted weight yarn?
I’m not familiar with the increases you used in the pattern and am not sure I’m following the instructions correctly on working RLI and LLI. Can you help?
RLI and LLI are lifted increases. You may also see the abbreviation written differently in other patterns as well. For example, Knitting Help calls RLI as “KRL (knit right loop).” Whatever you call it, this is my preferred increase method for most projects because it creates the most invisible increase I know.
Working a RLI (Right Lifted Increase): Insert your RH needle into the stitch below as if to knit it (left photo). Then, simply create and pull a knit stitch through that loop (right). Your increase is made by knitting into the stitch below. Continue knitting normally and working your pattern as instructed.
The arrow in the photo below shows where the invisible increase occurs. (click on photos to enlarge.)
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