Hey… we want to share a secret with you… Valentina Bogdanova from @valentinasknits believes that every woman has a small secret. Furthermore, this Russian knitter based in Austria affirms that we all have a little mysterious something that makes us special. Just like her spectacular lace knit Shawl Taina, which literally means “secret” in Russian? For this reason, Valentina is proposing a sumptuous design inspired by diamonds and flowers. Discover the enigmatic colour range and the delicate lace stitches hidden within this feminine triangular knit shawl. And of course, enjoy the sensational silk whilst you knit the Tiana Shawl with only one ball of Silk Degradé.
Valentina has been knitting since she was 5 years old. Consequently, it has become a true vocation over time. “Knitting helps to relax my mind after a busy day at work. Furthermore, it allows me to be creative and express everything I feel”. Her favourite models are her two daughters, and as a result they can often be seen on her Instagram account wearing her awesome knit sweaters and jackets. Here is where you can truly marvel at the elegant and sophistication of Valentina’s designs. So if you also share the same passion for knitting quality pieces using yarns made from noble fibers, we invite you to follow her.
Taina Lace Knit Shawl
Valentina is sharing the step by step instructions for knitting this beautiful lace knit shawl with only one ball of Silk Degradé from the Katia Concept range. The classical triangular shawl shape, with a diamond repeat pattern, also features a border edge with a series of romantic floral bouquet motifs. Furthermore, the long cycle colour process used to dye the Silk Degradé yarn guarantees a fantastic gradient colour effect. Accordingly, the beauty and softness of the cotton, silk and viscose significantly help to ensure that this project turns into an extraordinary experience. Be sure to follow Valentina’s instructions and graphs to perfect your skills using two needles. If you want to learn more about this particular technique, read this recent post about lace stitches.
by Valentina Bogdanova
MATERIALS: 1 ball of Katia Silk Degradé col. 300, 3 mm/USA 4 circular needles, 100 cm/40 inch size needed to obtain gauge; 4 markers, cable needles, tapestry needle or crochet hook to weave in ends.
MEASUREMENTS: 71 cm/28“ deep, 169 cm/66.5“ wide
- 2/2 RC – two over two Right Cross: slip 2 sts to cable needle and hold at back, k2; k2 from cable needle
- 2/2 LC – two over two Left Cross: slip 2 sts to cable needle and hold at front, k2; k2 from cable needle
- 3/4 RC – three over four Right Cross: slip 4 sts to cable needle and hold at back, k3; k4 from cable needle
- 3/4 LC – three over four Left Cross: slip 3 sts to cable needle and hold at front, k4; k3 from cable needle
- CO – cast on
- CSt – central stitch (RS: knit below (insert tip of right needle from front to back into centre of st directly below first st on left needle and knit); WS: p)
- GSt – Garter stitch
- k – knit
- k2tog – knit 2 sts together
- k3tog – knit 3 sts together
- ktbl – knit through back loop
- ktfl – knit through front loop
- М – marker
- MB – make bobble (make 5 sts out of 1 (*ktbl, ktfl* twice, ktbl into the same stitch), turn work, purl those 5 sts, turn work, knit 5 sts together)
- p – purl
- PM – place marker
- rep – repeat
- RS – right side
- SLM – slip marker
- ssk – slip-slip-knit: slip the next 2 sts, one by one, knitwise; insert the tip of the left needle, from left to right, into the fronts of those 2 sts and knit them together (1 st decreased)
- st (sts) – stitch (stitches)
- St st – Stockinette Stitch
- WS – wrong side
- YO – yarn over
GAUGE: 19 sts/30 rows = 10 cm/4” square in St st on 3 mm needles after blocking
Garter tab cast on: cast on 3 stitches with a provisional cast on method of your choice and knit six rows in garter stitch.
Row 1 (RS): without turning your work after the last row of garter tab, PM, pick up and k 3 sts (1 st from each garter rib), PM, k3 from provisional cast on. Now you have 9 sts on the needle: 3 edge sts on each side which will be worked in GSt and 3 body sts, of which the middle one is CSt.
R2 (WS): k3, SLM, p1, PM, CSt, PM, p1, SLM, k3.
R3 (RS): k3, SLM, YO, k to next M, YO, SLM, CSt, SLM, YO, k to last M, YO, SLM, k3 (4 sts increased).
R4 (WS): k3, SLM, p to next M, SLM, CSt, SLM, p to next M, SLM, k3.
Rep Rows 3 and 4 three more times until you have 25 sts on the needles.
2) Lace Section
Row 1 (RS): k3, SLM, YO, k1, 3/4 LC, k1, YO, SLM, CSt, SLM, YO, k1, 3/4 RC, k1, YO, SLM, k3.
R2 (WS): k3, SLM, p to next M, SLM, CSt, SLM, p to next M, SLM, k3.
R3: k3, SLM, YO, k to next M, YO, SLM, CSt, SLM, YO, k to next M, YO, SLM, k3.
R4: rep Row 2.
Row 5 and all odd numbered rows: k3, *SLM, work stitches before first arrow, work pattern repeat (see red line in chart) **x times, work stitches after second arrow, SLM*, CSt, rep between * *, k3.
NOTE: The chart only shows odd-numbered (RS) rows. In even-numbered rows, work sts as they appear and YO: purl. The increased sts on the sides and in the center of the shawl will be incorporated into the lace pattern and additional repeats of the chart repeat will be added in subsequent rows (see table). The edge sts (3 knit sts) are not shown in the chart. Read chart from right to left.
UPDATED: 🛆 = k3tog – knit 3 sts together
** table of chart repeats:
Rep Rows 4 and 5 72 times until you have 321 sts on the needles, ending with a RS row (12.5 diamonds along the CSt).
3) Garter Section and Eyelets
Row 1 (WS): k3, SLM, k to M, SLM, CSt, SLM, k to M, SLM, k3.
R2 (RS): k3, SLM, YO, k to M, YO, SLM, CSt, SLM, YO, k to M, YO, SLM, k3 (4 sts increased, 325 sts).
R3: rep Row 1.
R4: k3, SLM, YO, k1, *YO, k2tog, rep from * to M, YO, SLM, CSt, SLM, YO, k1, *YO, k2tog, rep from * to M, YO, SLM, k3 (4 sts increased, 329 sts).
Rows 5 to 8: rep Rows 1 and 2 twice.
R9: rep Row 1.
337 sts on the needles.
Row 1 (RS): k3, SLM, YO, p2, *k1, p15, rep from * to 3 sts before M, k1, p2, YO, SLM, CSt, SLM, YO, p2, *k1, p15, rep from * to 3 sts before M, k1, p2, YO, SLM, k3 (4 sts increased, 341 sts).
Row 2 (WS): k3, SLM, k3, *p1, k15, rep from * to 4 sts before M, p1, k3, SLM, CSt, SLM, k3, *p1, k15, rep from * to 4 sts before M, p1, k3, SLM, k3.
Now you start working from the Cable Chart 2 below:
Row 3: k3, *SLM, work stitches before arrow, work repeat of 16 sts 10 times, then the stitches after arrow*, SLM, CSt, rep between * *, k3.
Row 4 and all even rows: k3, SLM, work sts as they appear to M, SLM, CSt, SLM, work sts as they appear to M, SLM, k3.
Rep Rows 3 and 4 a further 11 times (48 sts increased, 389 sts).
Note: Read chart from right to left.
Row 25 (RS): k3, SLM, YO, p to M, YO, SLM, CSt, SLM, YO, p to M, YO, SLM, k3 (4 sts increased, 393 sts).
5) Garter Section and Eyelets
Rep Section 3 (16 sts increased, 409 sts).
NOTE: If you have enough yarn left, you can work an additional couple of rows in Garter Stitch. If you don’t have enough yarn, you can skip the last section.
Bind off, weave in ends and block to measurements. Attach tassels if desired.
“Thank you for using this pattern! I would like to see your versions of this lace knit shawl. You are welcome to share on social media with the hashtag #taina_shawl. If you have any questions or comments about my pattern, please contact me via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org as well as on Instagram and Ravelry @valentinasknits. Many thanks to my technical editor: Frauke Urban @urbanyarning. Copyright Valentina Bogdanova, 2019 All rights reserved. It is prohibited to copy or sell this pattern”.