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GARTER ST (back and forth on needle):
K all rows.
See diagrams A.1 to A.7. Diagrams show all rows in pattern seen from RS.
Worked back and forth on circular needle to make room for all the sts. Cast on 7 sts on circular needle size 3.5 mm / US 4 with Lace. Insert 1 marker in the 4th st and move it upwards when working (= mid st - marks mid back of shawl).
Then work as follows: (1st row = RS) 3 sts in GARTER ST – see explanation above, diagram A.1 and 3 sts in garter st. On next row P YOs to make holes = 9 sts.
Continue to work according to diagram A.1 with 3 sts in garter st in each side, when diagram A.1 has been worked 1 time vertically, there are 37 sts on row.
Now continue as follows: 3 sts in garter st, diagrams A.2/A.3/A.4 and K 1 st(= mid st), diagrams A.2/A.3/A.4 and 3 sts in garter st.
When diagrams have been worked 1 time vertically (= 85 sts), start over; 3 repetitions of A.3 will fit between A.2 and A.4.
Work diagrams a total of 4 times vertically, every time you start over, there is room for 2 more repetitions of A.3 between A.2 and A.4.
When diagrams have been worked 4 times vertically, there are 229 sts on row.
Piece measures approx. 37 cm / 14½'' measured in knitting direction from cast on edge up to needle.
Now continue as follows: 3 sts in garter st, A.5, A.6 over the next 108 sts, work until 2 sts remain before mid st, work A.7, K 1, A.5, A.6 over the next 108 sts until 5 sts remain, work A.7 and 3 sts in garter st.
Continue to work according to diagrams A.5/A.6/A.7 until diagrams have been worked 4 times vertically.
Every time A.5/A.6/A.7 have been worked 1 time vertically, there is room for 2 more repetitions of A.6 between A.5 and A.7 on each side of mid st - AT THE SAME TIME on last row of last repetition (= WS), inc 8 sts evenly by working 2 sts in 1 st = 301 sts.
Piece measures approx. 48 cm / 19'' measured in knitting direction. Now continue as follows: 3 sts in garter st, A.2, A.3 over the next 144 sts, work until 2 sts remain before mid st, work A.4, K 1, A.2, A.3 over the next 144 sts, 5 sts remain, work A.4 and 3 sts in garter st.
Continue to work according to diagrams A.2/A.3/A.4 until diagrams have been worked 1 time vertically = 333 sts, piece measures approx. 53 cm / 21'' measured in knitting direction.
On next row from RS, loosely bind off as follows – NOTE: It is very important to bind off very LOOSELY otherwise the edge cannot be shaped into tips: Cast of the first 3 edge sts (lightly pull them when binding off so that they are loose), * make 1 loose YO on right needle, bind off YO, bind off 2 sts (lightly pull when casting/binding off so that they are loose) *, repeat from *-* the entire row.
Place the shawl in lukewarm water until it is soaking wet.
Carefully squeeze the water out of the shawl - do not twist the shawl - then roll the shawl in a towel and squeeze to remove more water - the shawl will now only be moist.
Place the shawl on a carpet or mattress (or blocking boards) - carefully stretch it out to size and fasten it with pins. NOTE: 1 pin in the outermost st in each side of shawl, fasten 1 pin in the middle of every repetition along the 2 diagonal sides and 1 pin in mid st (= at the bottom of tip on shawl), lightly pull at every pin so that the edge is shaped into small tips.
Leave to dry.
Repeat the process when the shawl is being washed.
= K from RS, P from WS
= K from WS
= K 2 tog
= slip 1 st as if to K, K 1, psso
= slip 1 st as if to K, K 2 tog, psso.
= 1 YO between 2 sts