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Learn to Knit: Garter Stitch Shawl Tab

28th May 2017 Advanced 0 min read
Learn to Knit: Garter Stitch Shawl Tab | Stolen Stitches Tutorials

When you start a top-down shawl you begin at the very center and work increases out from that point. This means that if you start straight from a cast-on, you will have a 'gap' at that spot where you begin working the increases and edging out to each side.

A garter stitch 'tab' is used to effectively cover over this spot and give you a little triangle of knitting to work around. You'll cast on the number of stitches you're working for your edging (typically 3 or so), work several rows and then pick up the bottom stitches and pick up the cast-on stitches.

You can even use a Provisional Cast-On if you want to avoid any seam at the start. In a pattern, it would look like this:

CO 3 sts. Knit 6 rows. Do not turn on final row, rotate corner 90 degrees, pick up 3 sts along purl bumps, rotate corner 90 degrees & pick up 3 cast on sts.

You can see a video of it in action here:

If you want to try this out in a pattern, here are a few that use it:

Penrose Tile  


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Carol Feller

Carol trained as a structural engineer, and she brings that love of analysing structure into her knitting, creating complex patterns that are easy to understand, while her approach to process is all about testing and playing, and making mistakes along the way. That’s where the joy lies!

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