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A very pretty Caron free pattern!

I mean, is that pretty or what?

This is Lisa Gentrys Shoulder Shawl for Caron’s Simply Soft. I don’t use acrylic yarns, for once not because I’m a fiber snob, but because acrylic feels slimy to my hands and makes me sweat funny.

But I’m definitely going to knit this one at some point, even if it’s not in Simply Soft. Should be a pretty fast knit, I’m thinking.

The shawl measures approximately 56″/142cm wide x 16″/40.5cm long and calls for two skeins of Simply Soft, which is 315 yards per skein. If that’s correct, that’s almost worth the slime factor. (Most people don’t have the same problem that I have with acrylic. On the other hand, lots of people complain about The Dreaded Squeak.)

NOTE: THIS PATTERN IS CURRENTLY UNDER REVIEW BY CARON AS THERE’S SIGNIFICANT ERRORS IN THE PATTERN. I’ll post when I see a new pattern, I’ll be doing some frogging on the plane… *sigh*

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12 Responses to “A very pretty Caron free pattern!”

  1. Robynn says:

    Very pretty indeed, thanks for pointing it out!

    I don’t find acrylic slimy, exactly, but it does feel icky, and definitely does make me sweat funny.

  2. Laurie says:

    That is a lovely shawl! I don’t mind acrylic for some things, but a lacy shawl? Never! :-)

  3. Zina says:

    I was in Michael’s the other day and decided to get a skein of Simply Soft to try the shawl out. It still feels a wee bit slimy to me, but I figure I can always give it to someone as a present, right…? The lace motif looks like a peacock feather to me, so I bought the SS in a peacock blue. I’ll post pics later…

  4. Pam says:

    I’m glad it’s not just me. I found one of those mistakes and have spent most of the weekend trying to figure it out myself and doing a lot of frogging. After knitting for 40 some years, I began to belive I was losing it.

  5. MaryMargart says:


    the count is wrong by the end of the third row!

    What a waste of my time.

  6. Olive says:

    Was just fixin to cast this on when I saw your comments about the pattern being wrong. Thank you for posting this. Saved me some time.

  7. Karen says:

    I found two errors; first one in “Shape Right Side – Last Row. To fix this I knit to the last 3 stitches, yo, k2, yo, k1. Next error was in “Shape Left Side – where it says Rep Rows 2 and 3 until there a 7 sts. To fix this I repeated until there just 5 sts. Seemed to work for me.
    However, I dislike the BO row as it seems to disregard the lace pattern and seems to split the points of the design. Has anyone found a better BO??

  8. JoAnn says:

    I’m not an experienced knitter and would love advice on attaching the ten chains to the edge of the shawl. Did I miss something? So close to done and so baffled! The shawl is really nice, even with errors and drapes well for such a reasonably prices yarn. Thanks!

  9. Elyse Coleman says:

    I am down to the last ten rows of this pattern and have found it pretty straightforward. I had no problems with the bind off but did have to do a little fiddling to make the edges turn out.

    The main ‘error’ I see is there is no definition of SK2P that I can find. My guess is what is meant is slip 1, k2, pass slipped st over knit. I find that bulky and am working it as SSKP–slip2, k1, pass slipped sts over k.

    I also am not sure I like the double YOs. They make such large holes and the same design could be worked by just working the two stitches into a single YO rather than a double one. I did decide to work it with double YOs but would probably just make one if I decide to knit it again.

  10. Elyse Coleman says:

    Oops, forgot to comment on BO – I worked with a needle one size larger than my working needle the following: P2tog, k1, slip purled 2 tog loop over k1, put resulting stitch back on left needle, repeat. The stitches sit right on top of the edge–does not roll to either front or back of work and is reasonably stretchy.

  11. Manjari says:

    I have only the BO row remaining and I cannot figure out what it means and/or how to do the “Chain Loop”. The pattern calls to see “special terms” but a definition of this is not incl. in the pattern. I also found some major errors in the pattern. Also, how do you fit 863 sts onto a straight needle? I was using the largest circular needle and there were so many sts I had difficulty moving them across the needle!
    Regardless of how “pretty” this shawl turns out, I don’t think this will be one I’ll ever recommend or knit for that matter, again.

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