No sooner had I cast-on the Silta Shawl by Tif Neilan (Shawl 05 in 52 Weeks of Shawls) I knew I’d need to knit another one but that I’d like to try it in 4ply as a stash buster!
It’s a great pattern to knit, a basic triangular shawl but with neat details (the spine is really lovely) and enough texture to make it an interesting knit. I adore my DK version and can see me making at least one more in my Tibetan DK yarn. I still have some kits for it if you fancy them, you’ll find them here.
My Banshee Yarns Tibetan DK Silta
However, DK shawls of any size require at least 4 skeins of DK weight yarn which can make them a little bit pricy if knit in handdyed yarn so I figured that I should be able to make a Silta in 4ply as well. I had two 100g skeins of Shalimar Yarns Breathless, 420 yards of Merino, Cashmere, Silk that I have had for over 6 years which definitely needed using up!
I thought working it as set would make it a bit small though so I made a few changes to the pattern as I went. Nothing that someone else couldn’t do – because the rows increase in sets of 4 stitches, the stitch patterns in the following sections seem to follow really well … and if they didn’t or my stitch counts weren’t exactly right, I adjusted as I went. The texture hides any emergency kfbs (knit front and back) or k2togs ; )
The first change I made was the needle size – I used a 4mm rather than a 6mm which would be way too big for 4ply (in my opinion only). The yarn would possibly have take a 4.5mm needles – have a wee swatch.
The second change is that I slipped the stitches on one side of the garter tab so that it would first better with the slipped edge of the shawl. This is a personal preference but you can see it makes a slight but nice difference to the edge of the shawl
You can see that there is a slight difference in the blue as it has the slipped stitch edge on the garter stitch!
I kept the cast-on & sections 1, 2, 3 & 4 the same so as I started Section 5 I had the same stitch count as the DK version.
I then added more rows to each of the following sections:
I doubled the number of repeats in Sections 5 & 7 to make those garter panels the same as Section 3. I did this to add extra size to the shawl.
And I added an extra repeat to Sections 6 & 8 to make them balance more with the increased size of the garter panels.
I wanted to double the number of rows in Section 9 as well but I was definitely going to run out of yarn so I kept it the same.
I did a picot bind-off on the edge – using a cast-on 2, cast-off 3 ratio for a really frilly picot.
If I’d had 3 skeins of 4ply instead of 2, I think I’d have doubled the size of Sections 6 & 8 and section 9 as well.
I finished with 413 stitches. Now I’m not sure if that is the correct number because I know I had to fudge a little bit – I’m assuming I forgot an increase or two along the way. If you find this, just go with the flow – start each of the patterned rows as you expect them but adjust if you have to at the central spine : ). It keeps it all broadly correct.
You do need 400m 4ply yarns. I’d love to have this in my Tibetan Silk 4ply but I think I’d need the three skeins to do it justice.
Three of these beauties would make a magnificent Stila!
I have 2 skeins of Uchitita Singles that I’m tempted to make another one of these in but I might just treat myself to a sideways wrap using the same textures. All credit to Tif of course, it’s a great pattern and I’m so pleased that I found her as a designer. She does beautifully textured knits which I love.
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