Maria v2.0 was alive in my head long before I made it real with yarn and needles. The knitting itself, as normally happens with most of my designs, was fast; but the engineering of the shapes and stitches took more than nine months to figure out.
The idea for this shawl has been brewing inside my head for so long, I can’t remember precisely when it first occurred to me. Ever since I first became aware of the tab start for shawls, I’ve been meaning to push its boundaries, but up until very recently I didn’t know how to do it.
Even after having figured out how to create a different kind of tab, I let the idea swimmer in my head – I had the start and the body, but couldn’t figure out an edging that would do this shawl justice. I let the idea sit in my head, waiting for the perfect edging to present itself.
Thanks to one of the members of the group, who made the wonderful mistake of knitting a chart backwards, I finally had my edging :). I use the term “mistake” loosely, as this is such an amazing solution I was hitting myself for not thinking of it before seeing it.
Maria v2.0 shawl is knit from the neck down, starting with a different kind of tab. The original was done in worsted weight yarn (shocking, I know). I used 4.5mm needles.
I think the best yarn weights for this shawl would be anything from sports up. As usual, gauge isn’t that important. You will need to know how to pick up stitches, work on knit on edging and do right and left loop increases.
Due to the never-ending ST st, the pattern is quite forgiving and small mistakes can be fixed with little to no tinking (or frogging).
You will also need st markers (the open type) and a stitch holder (or lengths of scrap yarn).