Saturday, September 13, 2014

Silver Semi-Circular Shawl

This pretty shimmery yarn creates a soft, drapey, beautiful shawl. This is a lighter shawl, so it will be perfect when there's only a slight crisp to the air. 
I used two skeins of Vanna's Glamour with size 7 circular needles. I used the color Platinum. 

Co 3 sts, longtail. 
Row 1: *k1, yo; rep from * to last st, k1
Row 2 and all other even rows: p across
Row 3: k1, yo, k to last st, yo, k1
Row 5: *(k1, yo) twice, pm; rep from * to end once more,(k1, yo) twice, k1
Row 7: k across
Row 9: k1, yo, *k to marker, yo, sm, k1, yo; rep from * to end once more, k to last st, yo, k1

Repeat rows 6-9 until your shawl is as large as you would like. 
Cast off in knit after a row 8. 
Fasten off, and weave in all remaining ends. Block this shawl into the semi-circular shape, and to open the stitches up. 


**this is a rewritten version on the pattern. I'm not quite sure why, but some knitters are struggling with the above format, so here is a different version. Hope it helps!**
Co 3 sts, longtail. 
Row 1: k1, yo, k1, yo, k1
Row 2,4,6,8: p all sts 
Row 3: k1, yo, k3, yo, k1
Row 5: k1, yo, k1, yo, pm, k1, yo, k1, yo, pm, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1
Row 7: k all sts
Row 9: k1, yo, k to the first marker, yo, sm, k1, yo, k to the second marker, yo, sm, k1, yo, k to the last st, yo, k1
Rep rows 6-9 until desired size. 
The finished shawl is 21" deep, and 58" across the top. Blocking this really helped the shawl get a nice drape. 
This photo shows the lines of increasing, and the lacy pattern. 
I hope you enjoy this silver shawl!
Xoxo, Alyssa 

119 comments:

  1. can we see a laid out flat picture please?

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    1. I added another picture taken from the bottom point to show the increasing. The shawl is rather wrinkled right now from being crammed into a drawer, but it just a simple semi circle.

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  2. beautiful shawl :) Thanks for sharing the pattern with us!

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  3. Could you please tell me what the abbreviations stand for?

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    1. K means knit, p means purl, yo stands for yarn over, sm means slip marker to the other needle, pm means to place the marker, co means cast on, and bo means bind off. I think that's all of them!

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    2. Thank you I will definitely have a go at this it looks lovely

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  4. Could this be made on straight needles, am not good with circular ones

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    1. There are a lot of stitches, so that's why I used circular needles. It is not actually knit in the round, and I'm not sure if you could fit all these stitches on one straight needle.

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  5. I just found this and love it. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Beautiful. Must make this. Thank you for sharing the pattern.

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  7. What are rows 4,6 and 8?

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  8. How did you block this? I've used Vanna's Glamour before and wet blocking wasn't very effective. Did you steam block it?

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    1. I did wet block this. I just soaked it in warm water, and pinned it out carefully. It stretches a lot when wet, so I just pinned it all stretched out, and then let it dry and sit there for about 2 days.

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  9. How many yards and what weight yarn please?

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    1. I used about 400 yds and this is considered a sport weight.

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  10. What length circular size 7 needle?

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    1. I used 32" but it doesn't really matter as long as all the sts fit.

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  11. I hope this isn't a stupid question. I have only been knitting about a month but would love to make this shawl. Is it correct when it says cast on 3? does it increase with yo? I am not getting it in my head. Thanks Fran

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    1. Yes, you only start with 3sts. The yos increase to make more sts.

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  12. After I cast on 3 sts how many sts should I have on the needle after I finish row1, row 3 and row 5. I'm having a problem getting started. Thanks Ladine

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    1. After row 1 there should be 5 sts. After row 3, there should be 7 sts. After row 5, there should be 13 sts.

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    2. Row 5 should read *k1, yo; rep from * to the last stitch, k1 (= 5). As it reads *k1, yo; rep from * to end" you will get 6 stitches. Pattern should be re-written. Thanks!

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    3. OOps! Row 1 should read as above

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  13. Thank you for your help but I'm still having a problem after row 1 I have 4 sts after row 3 I have 6 sts. What am I doing wrong. As you can see I'm new to knitting. Thanks Ladine.

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    1. I think you are forgetting one of the yos in row 1. It should be k1, yo, k1, yo, k1. Then you should have increased to 5 sts, which will set you up for 7 sts on row 5. Hope that helps!

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  14. I have been struggling with this pattern, I can't get beyond row 9. There is the one marker but shouldn't there be two? It says K to the marker and then repeat from * once more but there is no other marker. So if I am supposed to repeat from * then I should be slipping another marker. Am I nuts or what? I really want to make this and considered myself and experienced knitter of 60+ years. HELP
    Charlene

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    1. In row 5 you add the markers. The row reads as: *(k1, yo) twice, pm; rep from * once more, (k1, yo) twice, k1. I think you must be forgetting to place the second marker age you do this row. Pretty much, this row is k1, yo, k1, yo, pm, k1, yo, k1, yo, pm, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1. I think if you go back it will work!

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  15. I have started this pattern no less than 10 times, and it still does not look like your pictures !!! I have made other "complicated" patterns, but never one that I got so frustrated with trying to make!!! The explanation to Anonymous made more sense, FINALLY!! Why not just put these directions in pattern to start with, rather than "twice and once more" ??? Makes more sense to me anyway, or maybe I'm just not too smart !! LOL

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  16. I hope you have it figured out! The twice is only for part of the repeat, and then you only have to repeat the * to ; section once more after that.

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  17. where is the decrease? how can you have two points at the ends if there is no decrease?

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    1. The increases form the points as this is worked from the bottom up. Also, since this is a semi-circle, there aren't really points.

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  18. Ms.Alyssa- I read your original pattern instructions above and (intermediate knitter skills) had no trouble understanding it. Thanks for this lovely accessory pattern.

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  19. What does "long tail" refer to? Leave a substantial length of yarn when casting on? thanks in advance...linda

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    1. Long tail is another method of casting on. It offers more stability when starting from a fe stitches, in my opinion. You could do your regular cast on if you like, or find a tutorial for the long tail cast on. Hope this helps!

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  20. I'll look that up...thanks for such a prompt, kind reply. I haven't knitted for years...have done a lot of counted cross-stitch and needlepoint since then, but am ready to get back to knitting...am going to start this shawl this evening...L

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  21. Could you please help me with row 9. Would it be possible to clarify it as you have in row 5.

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    1. Row 9 reads as: k1, yo, *k to marker, yo, sm, k1, yo; rep from * once more, k to last st, yo, k1
      This means you will k1, yo, k to the marker, yo, sm, k1, yo, (this is where it repeats once more), k to the second marker, yo, sm, k1, yo, then k to the last st, yo, k1.
      Hope that helps!

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    2. Thank you so much- this truly helped.

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  22. I thought I was the only one having problems.....and I know how to knit:). Will go back over notes....

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  23. The description needs to state this is knit from the bottom up. I noted that in one of the comments. I just finished knitting this with an angora yarn and have no idea how to block and shape it as it has no shape of a normal shawl. A photo of it laying flat would have saved my yarn and a lot of my time. I have put it around my shoulders in various configurations, and nothing works. Is it meant to be just a scarf? I did manage to figure out your instructions after several tries, but agree with the above comments about how confusing they are. This is why I seldom pay for a pattern - you just never know what you are getting.

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    1. I would have assumed that a three stitch cast on implied it was a bottom up shawl. It says it is a semi circle, so I hope you managed to block it to that shape. I wrap it around my neck with the bottom, the three stitch cast on, in the front then loop the ends around. I have seen other patterns written like this, so I can't be the only knitter that thinks this is the easiest method of writing it out! I hope you enjoy your shawl!

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    2. A semi-circle is a half circle. Simple geometry. Look it up. Your shawl is a wide triangle with a rounded edge. No way to block it to a semi circle. Based on that alone, your pattern is not accurate. Remember what "assume" really means. I trusted what I was reading and found it false. What a waste.

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    3. I blocked my shawl to a semi circle quite easily. The semi circle has four points of increase, while a triangle only has three, or sometimes less, depending on the pattern. Elizabeth Zimmerman is often credited with the geometry of knitting a circle, which has six points of increase. Therefore, to cut in half, you have four points to make the correct shape. However, if you look at a semicircle, it is really just a triangle with a rounded edge, as the point of a triangle would be the base of the circle. I'm sorry you found this pattern a waste of your time. I really enjoy my shawl, and I know others have made it as well and liked it.

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    4. I suspect that your shawl did not come out correctly or at least the way you expected it to because you have used the wrong yarn, that can hardly be the fault of the designer, that's all on you. Most experienced knitters would know that angora is a very specific fibre and would not be suitable for this type of pattern, again all on you. To come on here and try to disparage someone else's hard work when the error's are yours is reprehensible.

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  24. I am carefully following the instructions to the letter, and I have more stitches on one side of all of my markers than the other. I have done row 9 twice now, and I have 6 stitches at one end, a marker, and then 10 stitches at the other end.

    Anyone else having this problem? Am I doing something wrong? I thought I was doing the yarn overs in the right place, and it looks right except for the sides.

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    1. You should have one more stitch for the third section of stitches, meaning third by having one section, a marker, the center section, a marker, and the third section. Maybe you are doing the yarn overs in the wrong spot? Do you have two markers? I'm asking because of how you said you had six sts, a marker, then ten sts, so make sure you have two markers. Also, after row 9, you should have 21 sts, including the yarn overs from that row. I hope that helped!

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  25. I have 2 markers. and I have been doing everything stitch by stitch.

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  26. Absolutely wonderful pattern! I've made several from the original pattern and found them quite easy and a wonderful project, I've donated several to the local shelters and nursing homes. I'm getting married next year and its a summer evening wedding and this is the pattern I will use for my wedding shawl and the bridesmaid shawls-thank you so much!

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    1. Thank you! I'm glad you enjoy this shawl pattern!

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  27. I have attempted to knit this scarf 10 times. Including the 3 cast on stitches, I have four all together. By row 5, it's all over. There are more stitches needed in the pattern that are on my needle. Am I supposed to be increasing somewhere? I REALLY want to make this scarf. Help.

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    1. I'm not sure what you mean when you say you have four stitches. You should cast on three, and then after row 1, you should have five. For row 1, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1. That will bring you to five stitches. I'm not sure if you looked at the second part of the pattern, where I typed it out stitch by stitch, but maybe that will help. Comment if you need more clarification!

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  28. Alyssa, I would like to make this for my sister-in-law who is a large woman. Adding, perhaps another 4 to 6 inches. 62 to 64 inches across the top. Do you think one additional skein would accommodate this? Thanks, RS

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    1. I think one more skein would definitely cover this. This yarn goes a lot farther than it looks.

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  29. Thank you so much and Merry Christmas - I'll let you know how it goes :)

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  30. I think at least for me the phrase 'rep from * to end once more' is confusing. It's usually one or the other; repeat what between the * once or repeat between * to end of row. I'm thing this comes out with lacey holes up the middle and at both sides, it's going to be beautiful, thank you!

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    1. I hope you understand the pattern! Thanks!

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  31. Would it be possible to make it with bulky yarn? I have some leftover from a baby blanket?

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  32. Would it be possible to make it with bulky yarn? I have some leftover from a baby blanket?

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    1. I think you could make this with bulky yarn, but you would have to use a pretty big needle size to get good drape.

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  33. I want to make this shawl for an older person but I want to make it "top down." It would be worn with the 3 stitch cast on at the top, in the middle of the back of the neck with the "wings" around the back and over the shoulders. Do you think it could be worn that way? It's amazing how difficult it is to find a free pattern for a semi circular shawl! Thank you for posting your pattern, I think it will work for what I want. I'm planning to use a lightweight yarn with graduated color changes. Thank you again!

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    1. I think you could definitely have it worn that way. It sounds like the same way I have it shown, except facing the other way.

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  34. I made this and love it but am wondering what size it ended up being once you blocked it? I steamed mine and am considering wetting it as you said and pinning it to dry.

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    1. Mine ended up being 58" across the top and 21" deep, from top to bottom

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    2. Please advise how to block this large item?

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    3. I know they sell things like blocking mats and wires, but I just lay out a yoga mat, wet whatever I'm blocking, and pin it with regular sewing pins. I have no idea if this is the right way to block, since I'm mostly self taught, but it seems to work fairly well.

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    4. Thank you. You mean pin the scarf onto the yoga mat, as in make holes in the yoga mat?

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    5. I do pin directly onto the yoga mat. I use an old one, so it doesn't really matter. Also, I have cats, and they love to attack yoga mats for some reason so there are plenty of claw marks anyway!

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    6. Right. Half finished the silver threaded scarf, can't wait to block it, dry it and wear it! Then knit a gold threaded one. It's dead easy once you know how:-)

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  35. Please how many stitches I should have in row 9!?

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  36. I tried to do this shawl about a dozen times and always ended up with the markers unevenly spaced - 4 stitches before the first one and 6 stitches after the second one. I have finally sussed it, I think, after reading lots of the comments on here. Thank you all.

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  37. And now after 24 rows I have 8 stitches before the first marker on row 9, and 15 stitches after the second marker, the rows of holes are parallel, what am I doing wrong? I am following the pattern to the letter, a knitter with 46 years experience, so can't see why it is so difficult. Can you show a photo of the whole scarf blocked and spread out please?

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    1. Have you tried knitting the second version of the pattern I have written? Since that is stitch by stitch, I don't see why there would be a problem following the instructions there, so maybe try that if you didn't. Somehow you're not increasing correctly I think, but I don't know why from your description.

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    2. The holey rows are both sloping to the right, I would have thought they would have followed the sides? Sorry to be a pain but I really like this pattern and am about to give up on it :-(

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    3. I have tried both versions and doing the second one, stitch by stitch, I have two columns of double holes, both sloping to the right, shouldn't the second column slope to the left? Hope I suss this eventually.

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    4. Have you only done up to row 9? I wonder if you are doing it correctly but haven't done enough to make the pattern show up clearly. If you still have if from where you said you did 24 rows, then I would think the pattern would be showing up, but I don't know what you're doing The lines do very gently slope to either side, and then there are lines alone both side edges.

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    5. I have done 24 rows and the lines both slope gently to the right, with lines along both side edges too. I have 8 stitches, marker one, 13 stitches, marker 2, 15 stitches. Eek, I need help :-(

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    6. Finally I have sussed it, I just follow the knit stitch between the holes, I don't use markers, and to set up the holes I did an extra knit before the second set of holes (not counting the edge holes)

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    7. I'm glad you figured it out! I don't know why but knitting with markers really used to confuse me when I was first learning lol!

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  38. If I want to knit to gauge, and want to knit a swatch. How may stiches and how big of square.

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    1. I have 20 sts and 28 rows for 4" with size 7 needles. This is after blocking though, and I didn't measure before. I don't really think it grew all that much, since it's acrylic, the blocking was mostly just to even out the sts.

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  39. Hi Alyssa, is the needle size US or metric? Thanks.

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    2. Thanks, I've started the pattern and am finding it clear and easy to follow. :)

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  40. The yoga mat for blocking is a great idea. Now to find my yoga mat. Thanks.

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  41. Is this pattern on Ravelry? That would be a great additional site! Im going to start, yet, another shawl

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    1. I have all of my patterns on Ravelry!

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  42. Hi, English is not my mother language so I wonder what is the meaning in row 9 of sm

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    1. Sm means slip marker. Just move it to the right needle when you get to the marker, and continue knitting.

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  43. I'd like to make this with sock yarn. Do you think this would work? What size needle would you suggest? I realize it would turn out smaller but I like more of a shawlette size. What do you think?

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    1. I think this yarn and sock yarn are pretty close to the same thickness. I would say use either size 7 needles, or maybe size 6.

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  44. Good morning, Alyssa. All I can think to say is that you have incredible patience and apparent optimism. This is a super simple pattern and I cannot begin to fathom why some people have found it difficult to follow. I hope you do not lose your enthusiasm and continue to share--for free, yet--your designs. I am envious of everyone who can design; all I can do is follow directions-- and say thank you.

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    1. Thank you! I'm glad you found it easy- I did too!

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    2. Wow, I totally agree with Thistle, your patience and kindness when replying to some of these comments has been boundless. I am appalled at the nerve of some of these people who criticized you , or your pattern, quite rude and completely uncalled for. Thank you VERY much for your patterns , I think they are lovely and hope you continue to design!

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  45. I was wondering about the long tail cast on. It's technique that I can't seem to conquer. I read through the pattern several times and didn't see any cast-on increases to need the long-tail, did I miss something?

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    1. I used long tail just because I like it, but you can do another if you prefer.

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  46. I'm assuming pm means place marker but what is the marker????

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    1. I have a little pack of colored markers that I use. You can buy them online or at a craft store. You can also use something like a paper clip or a split ring, like from a keychain.

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  47. I am quite a novice at knitting. This looks like the exact pattern I'm looking for. I love the comments and the Q & A process of explanations I know I'll need plus you appear to have worked out all the bugs. Thanks so much.

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  48. This is beautiful! Thank you so much and I think the first written pattern was perfectly fine! :) I think the rewritten would've been quite exhausting for you to write out lol you're a very patient person! Thanks again!

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  49. I am having some problems blocking this. The bottom is a fine semi-circle, but the top isn't really straight. It sort of slopes on both of the side panels. Maybe I knit it incorrectly?

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  50. Hi everyone trying to figure out this pattern!
    No 1 - RELAX!
    When I learned to knit my very patient friend/teacher told me when I was actually working the parttern - NOT TO LOOK AHEAD - just work each stitch one at a time. It will take you a little while longer until you get the patrern row down, but I have learned to do this with every new pattern and it works like a charm. On the 2,4,6,8,etc. rows - you can relax because they are all pearl. I hope this helps all of you, like it did me. I took up knitting at 46 and am now 74 yrs old. I love it! Thanks for all of your patterns, Alyssa.
    Sincerely,
    Nan -- I personally like the second set of directions --

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