Tuesday

Klickitat Shawl Pattern


This shawl's name comes from the name of the childhood street of one of my all-time favorite fictional characters, Ramona Quimby. I wanted to create a shawl that served nicely in a variety of ways: as a maternity or nursing shawl, a mama and baby snuggling shawl, a baby blanket, a shawl to wear while babywearing, and so forth. But as I developed the shawl design, I saw that it could also be worn as a cape by imaginative children of any age, and was struck with how magical it would be for a child to wear a shawl that their mother wore before they were born, or that was the first blanket they were wrapped in, or brought along on first outings to the park... you get the idea.


As a mom, I know that our three children will always be my babies, no matter how many years circle us. The idea of holding onto our childhood in a shawl, like being Ramona forever, just captivated me. It hope its stitches are just as captivating to you.

For more information on this pattern please visit our Ravelry page:






(schematic)

Photos by Christa Tippmann
Originally published in Petite Purls, Spring 2012


16 comments:

  1. I woud like to see a picture of the front. Does it look just like the back with it open in the middle or what?
    Very pretty & looking forward to getting started.
    Thank You!

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    1. I added a new photo to the post, I hope this helps. There is plain stockinette stitch on either side of the opening.

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  2. It would be nice to see a diagram of the whole thing flat, I think I have a picture in my mind, but I'm not sure! But it's beautiful & I'm going to have to make one!!

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    1. I added a simple schematic to the end of the post, I hope that helps you visualize it!

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  3. I agree, may we please have a photo of the front and a diagram of the garment? Thank you.

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    1. I added a new photo of the front and also a drawn schematic, I hope this helps!

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  4. It's a gorgeous shawl and now on my list of 2013 knit projects. Thank you so much for sharing it.

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  5. Are the directions given for the shawl for a child's size? I see there is an adult holding the baby and she seems to have on the same shawl. 79 stitches doesn't seem nearly enough for an adult.
    Have I just skipped ahead and not seen the directions for larger sizes?
    Thank you so much

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    1. The shawl is one size fits all, baby to adult. 79 stitches is for one half of the front. Hope this helps!

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  6. What is the Kitchener stitch?

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    1. Hi Bonnie,
      The Kitchener stitch is a method of grafting or joining two pieces of knitting together. Here is a good tutorial on how to work it:

      http://techknitting.blogspot.com/2007/05/easier-way-to-kitchener-stitch-also.html

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  7. As a resident of Goldendale, Klickitat County WA, I am delighted to see that the name Klickitat is being used for this shawl. Here, we have the Little Klickitat River, as well as the little town of Klickitat that sits next to its name sake, and here in Goldendale...we have a street named Klickitat. Thank you for this lovely pattern and I will add it to my 'to do list.' *S*

    Lisa

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    1. How neat, Lisa! I always associate the name Klickitat with Ramona Quimby, one of my favorite literary characters :) I hope you enjoy the pattern!

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  8. So, if i was to just make a square or rectangle for a blanket with this pattern. Am I correct in my stitch counting to say its multiple of 9 plus 1, plus what ever amount i want for the edge (5 OR 6)?
    Im not the best at figuring numbers out.
    Megan

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    1. Hi Megan, the lace pattern is called Vine Lace and is worked on a multiple of 9 stitches plus 4. It can be found in Barbara Walker's First Treasury of Knitting Patterns if you would like to learn more about this stitch.

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