I really love how the Twining wrap turned out. The combination of texture and shapes just makes me happy! When I began designing this wrap, all I started with was the idea of a shape. I knew I wanted a triangular shawl so my task then was to figure out the best way to build the cables into that shape, allowing them to flow as seamlessly as possible.
The shawl starts at the tip, with just a few stitches. From here the stitches, and stitch pattern grow out of the right side. This allows you to establish the pattern running along the left side and have it grow out from there. It starts with a wide x-o cable, then there are a few little twisted stitch cables before moving onto the diagonal cable. These then establish the cable panel and this can then be repeated as the shawl grows once you have enough stitches.
I picked these cables as they were fairly flat cables that had texture but weren’t too thick. This means that the shawl still has a nice bit of softness to it and isn’t stiff from the cables.
One of my recent videos for Mason Dixon Knitting shows some of the increase details that you can find on the shawl and they’ve got it here on their website.
The increases on the shawl are all done as yarnovers. But to avoid creating a hole from the increase you will work the yarnover through the back loop on the next (WS) row. This allows you to either knit or purl it through the back loop depending on which stitch you need next for your cable panel to maintain the pattern. I love using yarnover increases when you are knitting something at a looser gauge that will need to be blocked well. It gives more yarn where you need it so you’ll avoid the possibility of creating a pucker or tight spot where you have that big line of increases.
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