Libran Shawl

Designed by Siún Carden, Libran is an elongated triangular shawlette, which is inspired by the Libra zodiac sign with its perfectly balanced scales. 

Materials

Yarn: Aran Weight Yarn 380 metres/416yards.  Libran also lends itself to handspun

Shown in: Handspun Hebridean 2ply aran, dyed marled olive green with acid dye (see below for more details) 

Studio Donegal’s Donegal Soft Yarn (100% Merino wool; 210 yards / 190 meters, 100 grams / 3.6 oz) #5207 off-white that has been dyed with Madder Root Powder: 2 skeins

Needles: Pair each 5mm/US 8 knitting needles, or size needed to obtain gauge.

Notions:  Cable needle, stitch markers, tapestry needle

Size

One size.

Finished measurements: 135cm/ 53” long, 30cm/12” deep at central point

Tension

18sts/24rows = 4 inches square in stocking stitch, using 5mm/US 8 needles

 

Abbrieviations

CO in rib: cable cast on 1 stitch knit-wise, 1 stitch purl-wise, alternately.

inc1r: increase by lifting the stitch below the next stitch and knitting into it.

C8R in rib: Pass 4 sts to a cable needle, hold them to the back, (k1,p1) twice, then (k1,p1) twice from the cable needle.

C8L in rib: Pass 4 sts to a cable needle, hold them to the front, (k1,p1) twice, then (k1,p1) twice from the cable needle.

C16R in rib: Pass 8 sts to a cable needle, hold them to the back, (k1,p1) four times, then (k1,p1) four times from the cable needle.

C16L in rib: Pass 8 sts to a cable needle, hold them to the front, (k1,p1) four times, then (k1,p1) four times from the cable needle.

Olann and Libran
Olann and Libran

Tips and techniques

When knitting your large 16st cable it helps not to pull your stitches tightly.

Instructions

(Charted sections A, B, C and D are included separately after the overall instructions.)

Beginning

CO 10 sts in rib

Row 1: K2, (P1, K1) *3, P2 (RS).  [10 sts]

Row 2: REPEAT R1 x

Row 3: K1, M1P, (K1,P1)*4, M1, P1.  [12 sts]

Row 4: (K1, P1)*6

Row 5: K1, P1, M1, (K1, P1)*4, M1P, K1, P1.  [14sts]

Row 6: K1, P1, K1, (K1, P1)*4, P1, K1, P1

Row 7: K1, P1, K1, M1P, (K1, P1)*4, M1, P1, K1, P1.  [16sts]

Row 8: (K1, P1)*8

Row 9: (K1, P1)*2, M1, (K1, P1)*4, M1P, (K1, P1)*2.  [18sts]

Row 10: (K1, P1)*2, K1, (K1, P1)*4, P1, (K1, P1)*2

Row 11: (K1, P1)*2, K1, M1P, (K1, P1)*4, M1, P1, (K1,P1)*2.  [20sts]

Row 12: (K1, P1)*10

Row 13: (K1, P1)*3, M1, (K1, P1)*4, M1P, (K1, P1)*3.  [22]

Row 14: (K1, P1)*3, K1, (K1, P1)*4, P1, (K1, P1)*3

Row 15: (K1, P1)*3, K1, M1P, (K1, P1)*4, M1, P1, (K1,P1)*3.  [24sts]

Row 16: (K1, P1)*12

Row 17: C8R in rib, (K1, P1)*8.  [24sts]

Row 18: (K1, P1)*12

Row 19: (K1,P1)*4, inc1r, (K1, P1)*8.  [25sts]

Row 20: (K1, P1)*8, K1, (K1, P1)*4

Row 21: (K1, P1)*4, YO, K1, YO, (K1,P1)*8.  [27sts]

Row 22: (K1, P1)*8, K3, (K1, P1)*4

Row 23: C8R in rib, YO, K2TOG, K1, YO, C16L in rib.  [28sts]

Row 24: (K1,P1)*8, K4, (K1,P1)*4

Row 25: (K1,P1)*4, YO, K2TOG, SSK, YO, (K1,P1)*8.  [28sts]

Row 26: (K1, P1)*8, K4, (K1,P1)*4

Row 27: (K1,P1)*4, YO, K2TOG, K2, YO, (K1, P1)*8.  [29sts]

Row 28: (K1, P1)*8, K5, (K1,P1)*4

Row 29: C8R in rib, YO, K2TOG, K1, SSK, YO, (K1,P1)*8.  [29sts]

Row 30: (K1, P1)*8, K5, (K1, P1)*4

Row 31: (K1,P1)*4, YO, K2TOG, K3, YO, (K1,P1)*8.  [30sts]

Row 32: (K1,P1)*8, K6, (K1,P1)*4

Row 33: (K1,P1)*4, YO, K2TOG, K2, SSK, YO, (K1,P1)*8.  [30sts]

Row 34: (K1,P1)*8, K6, (K1,P1)*4

Work Chart A [Giving 38 sts in total]

Work Chart B [Giving 45 sts in total] 

Repeat Chart A [Giving 53 sts in total]

Repeat Chart B [Giving 60 sts in total]

If you want to make a larger version, add more repeats of A and B here

Repeat rows 1-19 of Chart A [Giving 65 sts in total]

Middle Section

Row 1: (K1, P1)x8, SM, knit to second marker, SM, (K1, P1)x4

Row 2: (K1, P1)x4, SM, YO, K2TOG, K37, SSK, YO, SM, (K1, P1)x8.  [65sts]

Short rows: (K1, P1)x8, turn .  (K1, P1)x8, turn.

Row 3: (K1, P1)x8, SM, knit to second marker, SM, (K1, P1)x4

Row 4: (K1, P1)x4, SM, YO K2TOG, K37, SSK, YO, SM, (K1, P1)x8.  [65sts]

Short rows:  (K1, P1)x8, turn.  (K1, P1)x8, turn.

Row 5: (K1, P1)x8, SM, knit to second marker, SM, (K1, P1)x4

Row 6: (K1, P1)x4, SM, YO, K2TOG, K37, SSK, YO, SM, (K1, P1)x8.  [65sts]

Short rows: (K1, P1)x8, turn.  (K1, P1)x8, turn.

Row 7: (K1, P1)x8, SM, knit to second marker, SM, (K1, P1)x4

Row 8: (K1, P1)x4, SM, YO, K2TOG, K37, SSK, YO, SM, (K1, P1)x8.  [65sts]

Short rows: (K1, P1)x8, turn.  (K1, P1)x8, turn.

Row 9: (K1, P1)x8, SM, knit to second marker, SM, (K1, P1)x4

R10: (K1, P1)x4, SM, YO, K2TOG, K37, SSK, YO, SM, (K1, P1)x8.  [65sts]

Short rows: (K1, P1)x8, turn.   (K1, P1)x8, turn

Row 11: (K1, P1)x8, SM, knit to second marker, SM, (K1, P1)x4

Work rows 12-30 of Section C [Giving 60 sts in total]

If you are making a larger version, add more repeats of D and C here

Work Chart D [Giving 53 sts in total]

Work Chart C [Giving 45 sts in total] 

Repeat Chart D [Giving 38 sts in total]

Repeat Chart C [Giving 30 sts in total]

Olann and Libran
Olann and Libran

Ending

Row 1: (K1, P1)*8, K6, (K1, P1)*4

Row 2: (K1, P1)*4, YO, K2TOG, K2, SSK, YO, (K1, P1)*8

Row 3: (K1, P1)*8, K6, (K1, P1)*4

Row 4: (K1, P1)*4, YO, K2TOG, SSK, SSK, YO, (K1, P1)*8.  [29sts]

Row 5: (K1, P1)*8, K5, (K1, P1)*4

Row 6: C8L in rib, YO, K2TOG, K1, SSK, YO, (K1, P1)*8

Row 7: (K1, P1)*8, K5, (K1, P1)*4

Row 8: (K1, P1)*4, YO, K2TOG, K1, SSK, YO, (K1, P1)*8

Row 9: (K1, P1)*8, K5, (K1, P1)*4

Row 10: (K1, P1)*4, YO, K2TOG, SSSK, YO, (K1, P1)*8.  [28sts]

Row 11: (K1, P1)*8, K4, (K1, P1)*4

Row 12: C8L in rib, YO, K2TOG, SSK, YO, C16R in rib

Row 13: (K1, P1)*8, K4, (K1, P1)*4

Row 14: (K1, P1)*4, sl2tog k-wise, k2tog and slip the 2 slipped sts over, (K1, P1)*8.  [25sts]

Row 15: (K1, P1)*8, K1, (K1, P1)*4

Row 16: (K1, P1)*4, K2TOG, P1, (K1,P1)*7.  [24sts]

Row 17: (K1, P1)*12

Row 18: C8L in rib, (K1, P1)*8

Row 19: (K1, P1)*12

Row 20: (K1, P1)*3, K1, K2TOG, P1, (K1, P1)*2, K1, P2TOG, P1, (K1, P1)*3.                          [22sts]

Row 21: (K1, P1)*3, K2, P1, (K1, P1)*2, K1, P2, (K1, P1)*3

Row 22: (K1, P1)*3, K2TOG, P1, (K1, P1)*2, K1, P2TOG, (K1, P1)*3.  [20sts]

Row 23: (K1, P1)*10

Row 24: (K1, P1)*2, K1, K2TOG, P1, (K1, P1)*2, K1, P2TOG, P1, (K1, P1)*2.                          [18sts]

Row 25: (K1, P1)*2, K2, P1, (K1, P1)*2, K1, P2, (K1, P1)*2

Row 26: (K1, P1)*2, K2TOG, P1, (K1, P1)*2, K1, P2TOG, (K1, P1)*2.  [16sts]

Row 27: (K1, P1)*8

Row 28: K1, P1, K1, K2TOG, P1, (K1, P1)*2, K1, P2TOG, P1, K1, P1.  [14sts]

Row 29: K1, P1, K2, P1, (K1, P1)*2, K1, P2, K1, P1

Row 30: K1, P1, K2TOG, P1, (K1, P1)*2, K1, P2TOG, K1, P1.  [12sts]

Row 31: (K1, P1)*6

Row 32: K1, K2TOG, P1, (K1, P1)*2, K1, P2TOG, P1.  [10sts]

Row 33: K1, (K1, P1)*4, P1

Olann and Libran
Olann and Libran
Olann and Libran
Olann and Libran

Bind off in rib, knitting knit stitches and purling purls. (The obsessive can either use a sewn bind off to match the cast on edge, or use the tail of yarn at the beginning of the shawl to work a chain across that tip, mimicking the cast off edge.)

Finishing

Block gently, taking care not to stretch out the rib of the reversible cables.

Weave in ends.

Olann and Libran
Olann and Libran Siun Carden

Siún Carden is a knitter and spinner from County Down, Northern Ireland. She is a researcher and her academic work includes some on Aran knitting, which can be found in the journal Costume (48: 2, 260-275) and a forthcoming book Design Roots: Local Products and Practices in a Globalized World, edited by Stuart Walker, Martyn Evans, Jeyon Jung, Tom Cassidy and Amy Twigger-Holroyd and published by Bloomsbury Academic.

She recently moved to Shetland to begin a research fellowship on creative industries in remote and rural areas with the University of the Highlands and Islands. She can be found on Twitter and Ravelry.

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