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Sommerfeld Shawl from Field Guide No. 4: Log Cabin


I requested (and received!) a kit for the Sommerfield as a Christmas gift, so I am definitely going to make one for the Knitalong.

So far, I’ve practiced with yarns on hand, and I’ve got to admit my technique is mediocre at best: I’m struggling with the middle strip of the first square! I’m hoping it’s partly a problem of using different yarns. I’m pretty new to Log Cabin knitting, but I’ve been making some fingering squares that I like, that will eventually be a blanket of sorts.


The middle strip does take some time to figure out. It helped me to think of it as short rows with the slip knit passover right before the turn. Hopefully that helps

The yarn is a dream. I’m using straight needles until it gets to big. The cable of the circs just got in the way. The yarn is fine and light enough for the straights.


Here’s a WIP pix of block one I’m working square seven and on my left needle are all the picked up stitches for square 8 & 9. I’m ready to move the marker, then slip a stitch, k one then psso and turn work slip stitch and marker and knit to end,

I sincerely hope that this helps you.


I’m slipping the first stitch, too, it’s just so much tidier when you go to pick up along that edge. Just finished a big shawl, so I’m getting back to the Log Cabin project!


Thanks! This pic totally helps me visualize it.
You’re making quicker progress than I am, but I’m loving my third color. By Saturday morning I’ll be ready to start picking up along that edge.


Suppose that one dropped a stitch, and continued blissfully knitting for some 40 rows before counting and understanding that it happened.
One might wish to just add a stitch, and secure that dropped stitch somehow.
How do I secure that dropped stitch? Because I looked and couldn’t find the drop, and assumed that I’d accidentally double passed a slipped stitch over, and I added the stitch and blissfully knitted on but now, hours and rows later I’ve located the dropped stitch.
Anybody know what I should do?


Oh, yikes. I frequently use a matching sewing thread to secure the loop of an errant stitch. I tie a knot and run the ends in a duplicate stitch, as I would with yarn.


Ditto to what Nell says. I run a piece of yarn through the loop of the dropped stitch and secure both ends of that piece. Not going back 100 rows, nope!


Thank you! I still don’t understand how I could have counted 19 stitches so many times, including through a color change. Gonna try it tomorrow.


I was hoping that I was not the first ever to perform this feat, tho I wouldn’t wish it on anyone.
I’ve used a lot of the yarn already in swatches, and I knew I oughtn’t snip this out and away.