Reverse Gear

I'm very pleased to introduce the fifth of the five designs from The Shawl Project: Book Two today. 

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Reverse Gear will always hold a very special place in my heart because it was a very hard design to get the pattern right. I had a very strong idea of what I wanted to achieve and, like MIssed Kingfisher, I bought the yarn at Edinburgh Yarn Festival as soon as we decided that Book Two would be two skein designs.

I wanted to create a design that had some beautiful intricate patterning on one side but had a distinctive feel on the other side too so that rather than having a right and a wrong side it had two different right sides.

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As Reverse Gear is increased from a point on one edge only, the trick of the design was to increase 7 stitches over 8 rows (not too tricky) over a pattern where some stitches are worked into stitches missed on previous rows so you need to ensure the stitch is there to be worked into (a fair bit trickier) I blogged a little about the process back in June.

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The result is a very pleasing design that can be very unisex if the lace edging is removed (instructions are given for finishing without it) This shawl gets a lot of attention as people enjoy the texture and the slightly understated drama of it. (Up the contrast between the two yarns to up the drama!)

It looks fiendishly difficult but is actually fairly easily memorised once you get going and the double colour pattern is just a slight mutation on the single colour pattern so you learn it when it is simplest then adapt it after you have become very confident in doing it.

So here are the technical details you need:

Sizes
With lace: 
Finished wingspan: 115cm/45in
Finished depth: 58cm/23in

Without lace: 
Finished wingspan: 107cm/42in
Finished depth: 50cm/20in

Materials
1 100g hank of Eden Cottage Yarns, BFL Sock (4ply weight, 100% Blue Faced Leicester wool, 400m/436yds) in Dogwood MC
1 100g hank of Eden Cottage Yarns, BFL Sock (4ply weight, 100% Blue Faced Leicester wool, 400m/436yds) in Plum CC
4 mm (US G) hook

Tension
21 sts and 18 rows in single colour patt (starting counting on row 1) to 10 cm/4 in using 4mm hook (or size needed to achieve tension)

Difficulty Rating - Advanced

Skills Needed
Basic crochet stitches, working in rows, missing stitches, working into previous rows, working into chain spaces, increasing, working with chains held to the back.

Construction
Triangular shawl worked from point to long side, increasing on the neck edge.

Pattern is written and charted using standard UK terms (US conversions given in abbreviations)

The Shawl Project: Book Two is available to download immediately as an e-book (pdf) for £10 or order in print for £12 +p&p.

The link for the ebook takes you directly to paypal to complete the transaction.