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Comments About "Greek Revival Shawl"

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Poster: Dori
April 25, 2018

I first knit this shawl in 2012. It was perfectly written then, as it is perfectly written now.

I just wanted to take a moment to specifically thank the designer for making this an easily accessible, free pattern. Truly appreciate the work you put into this pattern.
Poster: Réjeanne
October 15, 2014

Personally, I prefer the row by row instructions which, is also much longer to write out. You can easily create yourself a chart if you prefer using a chart. The patterns is free after all.
Thank you for the free pattern
Poster: Elaine Phillips
October 20, 2014

The chart is below the written pattern.
Poster: Saara
March 2, 2015

Love line by line - I use a stitch counter to keep the lines straight and use a LARGE bobby pin to keep the pattern lines easy to find. Cannot wait to get started. Love the center motif.

Poster: Donna.Aus
April 1, 2015

I prefer written instructions for lace knitting too and I also use a row counter which I slip onto the knitting cable before I screw on the interchangeable needles.
I loved your idea about using a Bobby pin as an easy visual row guide on the written instructions, thank you for tip!
Poster: Margaret
March 27, 2014

Hi, this is because the even rows are all slip one purl except for the even row after the double yarn on in the edge pattern, there you purl one then knit one in the double yarn over and purl the rest, hope this helps
Poster: Alberta
March 27, 2014

read Row 2 again. all even rows you sl1,p across.
Poster: Reta Sihto
October 1, 2014

So many errors!! How did you manage to get it finished! I have knit for 60 yrs & am struggling. I am calling it a Prayer Shawl - I pray I can finish it!!
Poster: Reta Sihto
February 6, 2015

An update! I not only finished the pattern, but have done over 10 of them to date. I adore this pattern. Once I learned the correct abbreviations, well, then it was very easy. Very beautiful!!!
Poster: Nancy
March 17, 2015

Mrs Sihto,
Since you finished knitting the shawl, can you explain me the raw 45? What is the trick or what for the (k2 (in front and back of the center st))?
Poster: Elaine Phillips
March 19, 2015

Kfr&b is an increase. You can use any other increase here, but I prefer this type.
Poster: Dee
February 18, 2014

Hi Rana,
Yo=yarn over
Ssk=slip, slip, knit
K2tog=knit 2 together
Sk2p=slip, knit 2, pass slipped stitch over
Psso=pass slipped stitch over
Hope this is helpful, Dee
Poster: mamamegraw
February 18, 2014

I dont know this either.. what does ssk or sk2p mean.. please help
Poster: Belinda Palmer
February 19, 2014

K-knit; St-stockinette or stitch; yo-yarn over; ssk-slip, slip, knit; k2tog-knit 2 together; sl-slip; psso-pass slipped stitch over. These are very basic knitting abbreviations, and are usually explained at the beginning of the pattern, or definitions and tutorials can be found online. I would suggest you master them before attempting to knit lace, if just to keep from tearing your hair out.
Poster: Catlady
June 5, 2014

Wouldn't Sk2p be slip one, knit two together, pass slipped stitch over? The way you've written it, it won't be a double decrease.
Poster: Rana
June 17, 2014

Thank you so much.
Poster: Dee
June 13, 2014

You are so correct Catlady! I don't know where my brain was at! Thanks for the correction!
Poster: Elaine Phillips
January 8, 2013

Row 93 requires 112 sts. There is no error.
Poster: Marge R
January 8, 2013

Thanks. I had miscounted (multiple times, in fact!).
Poster: Elaine Phillips
January 8, 2013

Please check the yardage. The skein I used had 850 yds (777 m).
Poster: Elaine Phillips
June 19, 2013

I didn't make a chart for all the rows as the file would be too big to publish. Besides, the pattern for the border and central panel repeat for the rest of the shawl so I think the chart for the first 96 rows is enough.
Poster: Spalover96
March 1, 2014

Well,'s to bad the rest of us aren't as good a knitter as you are!
Poster: Cathy Zazanis-DeSantis
March 26, 2018

The name of your shawl grabbed me immediately (being Greek) and I literally stopped everything I was currently knitting to do this. I love that the pattern is in text which enabled me to take this on as my first lace project. Needless to say, my sisters have put in their requests. I am so happy to have a pattern that has meaning for us. Thank you for your diligence in designing it.
Poster: Johna
October 12, 2017

On the beginning - Sl1 - Do I slip knitwise on the knit rows,and slip 1 purlwise on the purl rows? Thank you
Poster: Lambodog
July 13, 2017

Gorgeous pattern. Is it possible to knit this in a heavier weight yarn? it seems the beauty of the pattern would easily stand up. I'm thinking of perhaps Aran weight. What size needle would you suggest?Obviously considerably fewer rows would be needed because of larger gauge. Thank you!
Poster: Kate
February 17, 2016

I'm having difficulty with beginning! Row 11 when finished has 31 Sts. Correct?
But row 13 seems to need 37sts to complete.
could you please explain steps.
ssk is 3 sts right? Slip, slip and knit.
Can you help?
Poster: Catlady
February 27, 2016

SSK - slip two stitches one at a time knit-wise from the left hand needle to the right hand needle. Now, insert the point of the left hand needle into the fronts of these two stitches. Knit these two stitches together. It creates a left leaning decrease.
Poster: Kh
February 12, 2016

Great pattern! I'm new to knitting lace, but finding this very easy to follow. I'm using kid mohair with a silk core. So light and fluffy and really shows off the beautiful details, although I'll probably have to add quite a bit more repeats to the pattern because it's so fine. Worth it though. It's a good fit for this pattern.

Poster: Mikke
June 30, 2015

Just exquisite! I prefer line by line patterns. I either make my own charts or I write out the code in my own method, parsing out the design elements visually in a way I find much easier to follow than either line OR chart. In other words, there will be areas of changing repeat from row to row--those go in brackets once I understand the flow of the pattern. This is much easier to glance at, given that I tend to lug my knitting everywhere. In any case thank you for taking the time and patience to share this beautiful work of art.
Poster: Niamh
May 21, 2015

Beautiful shawl and many thanks for sharing. I do prefer each row written out when lace knitting its much easier so thanks again also for that as it must have taken you ages!! Happy knitting
Poster: Lee
March 5, 2015

Love this shawl no words to express joy in these
Poster: Courtney
February 16, 2015

I am horrified after reading these comments. I haven't started knitting this pattern yet but let's assume there are all of these mistakes and such in it. The designer of this shawl has offered this as a FREE pattern. She did the best she could in writing it down to share with us and so many people here are being just plain rude. If you don't like it, knit something else. Again it's free and she didn't have to share it at all or offer pattern support.
Poster: Shym
January 11, 2015

I love this shawl!
I had to start it a few time, even went back from row 95 to 67:D and made my own pdf (isolating the central pattern). I see it as 3 different patterns: the edge, the parallels and the central zone. I am at row 125 and now I find it quite easy. It requires just some more attention and patience than other easier patterns (and this pattern is correct (!) ).
Poster: Angela
September 8, 2014

Beginning with line #103 I see instructions like this:
(k6, k2tog, yo) repeat 2 times. Does that mean to do stitches in parentheses just twice or a total of 3 times? It might be clear when I get to that point but I haven’t started yet and it isn’t obvious to me from the chart. Thanks so much for offering this beautiful pattern.
Poster: Carol Gibson
July 18, 2014

In row 2, when it refer to 2 yarn overs, does that mean sets of yo's with stitches between? Not Two YO's together. Just starting and don't want to start off wrong. Thanks
Poster: Margaret
March 26, 2014

Re comment 15
It's only the number of line repeats that alter, I.e 1,2,3, etc. by the time you get to the end of the chart you will probably find you don't have a problem as th centre panel stays the same ( which is a bit fiddly even for 'expert' knitters lol)
Poster: Margaret
March 25, 2014

Lovely shawl but this pattern near drove me mad lol. I have knitted for most of my life and usually have the pattern set in my mind after a few rows, the centre part of this one just did not make any sense due to its not being symmetrical so I had to follow the guide slavishly for the whole pattern!!! But finished article is beautiful I used a mohair lures mix. I
Poster: Michele Secor
March 22, 2014

After row 3, why does it only show the odd number rows, instead of the odd and even rows?
Poster: Jennifer stevenson
March 14, 2014

i dont seem to have enough stitches on row 13 is it possible to get a row by row stitch count
Poster: Kippen
February 18, 2014

It is a shame that the shawl pattern is not graphed. It is a beautiful shawl, yet the error possibilities in a row-by-row pattern is very high and the difficulty in following a row-by-row pattern is not appealing to me in the least. It is unfortunate.
Poster: Carole Schmidt
June 18, 2013

Wondering about charts past the 96th row. Do they exist?
Poster: Janice F.
May 3, 2019

Young lady: Your snooty quip is a very easy way to inflame people to no purpose! I would assume that since you are there and Ms. Phillips is the designer, you have no right to your comment. If people have a problem with the symbols in a pattern, it would be a good idea to look on Ms. Phillips website. Most abbreviations are universal. If not they can be located in the pattern.
Poster: nocalgal
May 3, 2019

Practice, practice, practice. None of were born great knitters.
Poster: simona
January 7, 2013

Can you please let us know how many skeins you used? it says "1 skein" at the top, but that doesnt sound right... I brought back 10 x 50g of beautiful alpaca from Peru, and want to make sure that's enough before I start this massive project! Thank you!
Poster: Marge R
December 30, 2012

Row 91 has 112 stitches. When doing row 93, it requires 113 stitches. Is there an errata for this?
Poster: stephanie
December 7, 2012

Is it possible to get a row by row stitch count? Got to row 13 before I noticed that I didn't have enough stitches.
Poster: Rana
November 30, 2012

The shawl is very nice,but I do not know the meaning of these:k,st,yo,ssk,k2tog,sk2p,sl,psso.
Can you help me?
Poster: Christine Kay
February 16, 2016

Actually it is a double decrease. K2tog is one decrease, then when you pass the slipped stitch over onto the K2tog, you've decreased that one because it's not knit it. Sk2p is the same difference as K3tog or SSSK - 3 stitches become 1.
Poster: Megan
February 24, 2012

This shawl is beautiful!
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