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Friendship Shawl Photo Tutorial

This post will serve to show how to do the short row shaping wedge, featured in my latest pattern for Cascade Yarns – North Shore Friendship Shawl.

Follow this pictorial tutorial to make the first 5 rows of the gauge swatch as stated in the pattern.

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©Laura Krzak

Chain 32.

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© Laura Krzak

Row 1: Working into the back bar side of the chain stitch, half-double crochet (HDC) into the 3rd ch from the hook and in each ch across. Turn.

© Laura Krzak

© Laura Krzak

Row 2: Ch 2 (does not count as a stitch here and throughout the pattern), HDC in first 5 sts across. Turn.

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© Laura Krzak

Row 3: Ch 1, place stitch marker (sm) in back bar of ch 1 just made, HDC in 5 sts across. Turn.

Row 4: Ch 2, HDC in first 5 sts, …

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© Laura Krzak

© Laura Krzak

© Laura Krzak

back bar HDC (pick up back bar of the stitch markered chain, then insert hook into the top two loops of the next unworked stitch 3 rows down, YO and pull loop through top of st [3 loops on hook], YO and pull through all 3 loops), HDC in next 4 sts. Turn.

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© Laura Krzak

Row 5: Ch 1, place sm in back bar of ch1 1 just made, HDC in 10 sts across. Turn.

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© Laura Krzak

 

Once you have completed all 13 rows in the gauge swatch pattern, your short row sample should look something like this:

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© Laura Krzak

Use this swatch to make sure your stitching gauge matches the one in the pattern. I’m a pretty average tension – not too tight, not too loose – but if you do fall into one of those stitch tension categories, please adjust your hook size so you do get the proper gauge.

 

A quick note about gauge: Gauge is factored with this particular yarn (Category 3 – DK / Light Worsted), along with my tension and hook choice.  If you choose a different weight of yarn, please be aware that it will change the overall size of the shawl. That is why making a gauge swatch is so important. It will help you adapt your yarn choice to the pattern.

 

 

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Esme Tunisian Scarf Photo Tutorial

Welcome to the photo tutorial blog post for one of my newest patterns for Cascade Yarns – the Esme Tunisian scarf.

This scarf features Tunisian crochet, which is worked in two passes with no turning of the work. In the forward pass, you pick up the loops on your hook according to the stated pattern. In the return pass, you work the loops off the hook, until you only have one loop left. This tutorial will help you with both passes.

Please note: I am writing this tutorial with the expectation that you have the pattern from Cascade Yarns and so have the directions for the special stitches used. I will not be restating that info here.

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© Laura Krzak

For Tunisian crochet, you will need a specialized hook – one without a thumb rest. The one I am using is made by Denise Interchangeable, but you can also find Tunisian hooks at your local craft store or local yarn store.

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© Laura Krzak

Chain 22

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© Laura Krzak

Row 1 -Foward Pass: Going into the back bar of your chain, pull up a loop in the 2nd ch from the hook and in each ch across.

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© Laura Krzak

Finished forward pass should look like the above picture.

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© Laura Krzak

Row 1 – Return Pass: YO, pull through 1 loop on hook…

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© Laura Krzak

YO, pull through 2 loops on hook …

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© Laura Krzak

Ch 1, YO and pull through 4 loops on hook (Tunisian shell made), Ch 1…

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© Laura Krzak

YO and pull through 2 loops on hook, (follow as stated on pattern for completion of row).

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© Laura Krzak

Row 2 – Forward Pass: (loop on hook counts as first st), TSS in next st…

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© Laura Krzak

© Laura Krzak

© Laura Krzak

Insert hook into ch-sp and pull up loop…

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© Laura Krzak

© Laura Krzak

© Laura Krzak

Insert hook into top of shell and pull up a loop (follow pattern to last stitch)

Insert hook into chain, picking up two bars of the chain and pull up a loop.

Work Row 2 – Return Pass as stated in pattern.

After several rows, it should look like this:

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© Laura Krzak

 

I hope this tutorial helped and that this pattern will encourage you to do more Tunisian stitch work.

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