Why & How to Use a Garter Tab Cast On

When I begin a new shawl, one of the first things that I do is work the garter tab cast on. It creates a seamless edge at the top of shawls that flows perfectly into the garter stitch sides. It can also provide a more stable foundation for the stitches to come. This cast on method can be used with any shawl design with a little math & planning. So let’s discuss why & how you should use a Garter Tab Cast On.

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Illud Shawl

The Illud Shawl has to be one of the easiest things I have ever made. For 90% of this project you are doing the same thing every row in beautiful, mindless garter stitch. The beauty of this design lies in the 2-ply cashmere. It is simultaneously soft & sharp. The cashmere blurs the stitches a bit but the picot bind off adds a little bit of crispness to it. The name “Illud” comes from the latin translation of points - a name that is cool & sophisticated, just like the shawl.

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Gorgette Shawl

The Gorgette shawl provides a great introduction to shawl knitting. The stockinette stitch body is rhythmic and quickly becomes a mindless project suitable for travel or just something to pick up casually in free moments. The lace edging is worked after the crescent shawl is completed and may pose a challenge for the newest of knitters, but can be quickly mastered!

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Taking a Time Out

For about a million personal reasons, it’s been awhile since I’ve posted here. I reached a bit of a tipping point with the amount of stress in my life and I needed to take a step back, internalize, and come back to a sense of “normal” whatever that means. Thankfully, the last few months have helped me re-prioritize my life and I feel like I’m back to a point where I can share online.

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Captain

I can't believe it is already mid July, this summer is flying by! Over the past few months I have been on a few whirlwind trips from Charleston to Israel to LA and back again. I don't know about you, but the first thing I think about before a trip is which knitting project I am going to take with me. Sometimes it's impossible for me to make a choice so I end up taking a few with me. If you ask me, it's better to have too much yarn than not enough!

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