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Final Drafts: Introducing Middle Beach Shawlette

May 23rd, 2012

Getting ready to publish a new pattern is a flurry of activity for me, capped off by the utter impatience to just release this thing into the world already. Middle Beach was very much like this.

After finishing – and blocking – the Loch Ness version, I had to wait a few days for photos. Marcella and Allison, my lovely co-workers, were happy to help, but it was a matter of finding the right day, and the right time, to get outside and actually do the shoot.

Luckily, Marcella and I stumbled across this great brick building, nestled into a parking lot by our office. It provided the ideal backdrop for the greens and blues and yellows of the shawl.

The knitting, the photos… that’s all the easy part. Even the design, and my process of taking notes as I go, generally works up fine. But sometimes, even with such a seemingly simple project, the actual preparing of the pattern can be a monster!

This past weekend, I settled down onto the back patio with my laptop, my notebook, and both versions of the shawl and prepared to write up the pattern.

Several hours later, I put it away for the day, only getting through half of the first part of the instructions.

And the next day… the same.

I think I spent well over 12 hours writing up the pattern, proofing it, and making sure the layout is readable and easy to follow.

Now, you might think that because of that time, it’s a tough pattern. Not so. Middle Beach is very logical; I’d knit the shawl with only a few lines of notes the first time through. Translating that logic to charts and written instructions, though, required almost fully transcribing the pattern, line by line.

I know I could have just used the charts. But I prefer being able to provide patterns in both charted and written form. I find it helps my patterns be more accessible to more types of knitters, and generally it doesn’t involve all that much work. In this case? Phew, I really needed a cold one after finishing this on Monday night!

I hope you enjoy this pattern! I loved knitting both versions, and will probably cast on for a third (or variation) shortly. I had a blast knitting this because the increases are so different from most triangle shawls, and I loved how the yarn worked up in the broken garter pattern. I think the vertical ‘ribs’ simply pop out!

Don’t be put off by what I said about writing up the written pattern. The logic is actually easy to follow, and I’d be surprised if you weren’t able to work without the pattern as soon as you’ve understood what’s going on with the travelling stitches in the center.


Finished Size
Approximately 62” long and 14” tall after firmly blocking

20 sts and 40 rows to 4″ in garter stitch

US 4 / 3.5mm circular needles, 30″ or longer
Approximately 380 yards of sock-weight yarn
Shown in Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock Mediumweight

$5.00 US

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