Porcupine Leaves

May 1, 2011 at 10:56 pm (Uncategorized)

I finally wrote and published my own knitted pattern! I took Stephanie Japel’s online class, Design Your Own Shawl, and made this lovely thing~I am going to post it on Ravelry as a free pattern, BUT you need to understand that it has not been test knitted except by me:)

I made it as a full square shawl, since I had never done such a large shawl before, it can also be knitted as a triangle, and use about half the yarn. Even as a full square, it still took just under 2 skeins of Bugga! each skein is 415 yrds of yarn.

So, if you are interested in the pattern and want to knit it, and maybe give this new designer any feedback, I would be happy to hear it! Thanks
thanks again!

sorry for not posting for so long… I will HAVE to get better at it~

hope to design more things soon.

Juliblue’s ‘Porcupine Leaves’ Shawl
Method & guidance from the
Design your Own Shawl Class
by Stephanie Japel Dec 2010- Jan 2011

Yarn~Sample used 2 skeins Bugga! sock yarn, 5 ply sport weight color way Violet-Tailed Bluet
Needles~ knitted with size 5US/ 3.75mm needles
Gauge~ I usually get 20 st x 24 rw in St st on size 5US with Bugga!

Garter Tab Cast On~
Cast on 2 sts, knit 6 rows of garter stitch, the knitter turns the work 90 degrees, without casting off, and picks up 3 stitches along the long edge of the rectangle in the garter loops, and then turns the work another 90 degrees and picks up 2 stitches along the cast on edge of the work.

The number of stitches that the knitter picks up along the long edge of the rectangle will depend on how you want to set up the triangles of the shawl. This set-up is for the Big size shawl, with four triangle parts, actually a full square with a split through one side. To make half a shawl, use next set of directions for set up, I do not have st counts for the half shawl yet, I assume it would be the same in each triangle, but 2 instead of 4.

Garter stitch insert Set-Up Full Square Shawl (4 triangles):
Cast on 2 sts (I use long tailed cast on for sturdy stitches)
Knit 6 rows
Turn work 90 degrees and pick up 3 sts along garter stitch edge
Turn work 90 degrees and pick up 2 sts from cast on edge
7 total stitches on needles

Row 1(WS): k2, p3, k2
Row 2: k2, yo, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, yo k2 (11 sts)

The K1 stitches in row 2 will become the raglan increase stitch (spines) marking each lace section, and will signify the beginning or end of a charted section. You may wish to place stitch markers on one or both sides of these stitches.

Row 3: k2, p7, k2
Row 4: k2 [yo, k1] 7 times, yo, k2 (19 sts)
Row 5: k2, p15, k2 (WS)
Begin Chart A at RS


Garter stitch Set-Up for Half Square Shawl (2 Triangles):
Cast on 2 sts
Knit 6 rows
Turn work 90 degrees and pick up 3 sts along garter stitch edge
Turn work 90 degrees and pick up 2 sts from cast on edge
7 total stitches

Row 1(WS): k2, p3, k2
Row 2: k2, yo, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, yo k2 (11 sts)
Row 3: k2, p7, k2

The K1 stitches row 2 will become the raglan increase stitch (spine) for the shawl, and will signify the beginning or end of a charted lace section. You may wish to mark these stitches with a stitch marker on one or both sides.

Chart A (Rows 1-12)

~All sections have K2 at the edges for garter stitch edging, do not slip edge stitches
this direction is not repeated in the written directions but implied~
*directions between asterisks is always the lace repeat* for that row/ section of triangle

Row 1(RS): * (YO, K1, YO)*, repeat to center sts, K1
Row 2 & 4; all even numbered WS rows: P all stitches, being careful to P all YO
Row 3: * (YO, K1) x3, YO* repeat to center st K1
Row 5: *(YO, K1, YO, K2tog, K1, SSK, YO, K1, YO)* at center sts, K1
Row 7: *(YO, K1) x 3, sl 1-K2tog-psso, (K1, YO) x 3 * at center sts, K1
Row 9: * (YO, K1, YO, K2tog, K1, SSK) x 2 * repeat, YO, K1, YO to center st, K1
Row 11: * (YO, K1) x 3, K3tog, K1, (YO, K1) x 2, K3tog, (K1, YO) x 3 * repeat to center st, K1
Row 12: P all

Chart B (Rows 13-16) repeat 15 times

Row 13 (RS): YO, K1, YO, K2tog, K1, SSK, * (YO, K1, YO, K2tog, K1, SSK) * repeat until one st to edge, YO, K1, YO, center st
Row 14 & 16 (WS): P all except edging ~special note ADD one stitch somewhere on row 16, I added it at the center middle spine….
Row 15: (YO, K1) x 3, K3tog, K1 * ( YO, K1, YO, K1, K3tog, K1) * repeat to last 2 sts, YO, K1, YO, K1, YO, to center st or edge

The stitch count should look like this after 15 repeats of the four-triangle shawl –
2 edge sts, 115 triangle, 1 spine, 115 triangle, 1 spine, 115 triangle, 1 spine, 115 triangle, 2 edge
Total of 467 stitches + the ONE added stitch in LAST row 16 = 468 stitches
This sets up the count for 39 repeats of the Porcupine Stitch 468/12 (+4)= 468. Returning to the RS of the Shawl, we begin Row 1 of the new pattern~


Chart C (repeat x2)

Row 1: K2(edge sts) * YO, K2tog,* repeat to last two edge sts K2 (ignore the spine sts now, they become part of the pattern, I left the markers in to let me know where I was in my knitting, just moved them as needed)
Row 2 & 4: K2 (edge sts) Purl to last 2 sts K2
Row 3: Knit all
Row 5: At this row, there are NO MORE K2 at either edge of shawl, include these sts in the pattern for all consecutive rows
*sl 1-K2tog-psso, K4, YO, K1, YO, K4 * to end and also eat up edge sts in the pattern at the end of row
Row 6: * P3tog, P4, YO, P1, YO, P4* repeat to end
Row 7: *P3tog, P4, YO, P1, YO, P4* repeat to end
Row 8: * sl1-K2tog-psso, K4, YO, K1, YO, K4 * repeat to end
Row 9: * P3tog, P4, YO, P1, YO, P4 * repeat to end
Knit rows 1-9 as written above again exactly as written
BO in your favorite Bind Off

I used Jenny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off for my Bind Off. There are a few tutorials online, on Knitty, etc, to show/tell you how. Then I soaked, towel dried, and wire blocked the shawl on my couch for two days. Weave in any loose ends.

Shawl Blocking Measures ~Neckline to longest point at shoulders: 34” Across entire top edge points included ~ 60”
Full Chart for Shawl

A closer look if needed:
Chart A & Chart B close up

and lastly a close up of the top chart~

ALSO I have posted the pics of the charts on my flickr acct~ mermaidbluestar
if that is a better place to print/ see/ copy the charts from for you


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Happy Mother’s Day!!

May 11, 2008 at 9:25 pm (Uncategorized)

Well, I am laying here in bed waiting for my upgrade on my coffee- thanks dear!! My daughter Tigerlily, has given me a lovely card, and a great pen made into a flower in a little pot- the perfect thing to grace my desk when I finally get that dream teaching job:)

Here is the Acrostic poem she wrote using my name:



Likes Me

Informational ( she said that was because I was a teacher!)

How sweet! Her teacher asked if she really wnated to put that I was ‘Unsmall’ and she said yes which is funny….because we almost wear the same shirt size, in fact she fits in my small tees even though she is only 6.5 years old. She is very big, so thinking I am ‘unsmall’ is pretty funny…

She took over my new spinning wheel on Friday. I was teaching for the Kindergarten Class at her school and Daddy came to pick us both up- because I was carrying SO much stuff, and wanted to get home to my new present ASAP!!

So, as soon as it was up and running, Tigerlily was the one spinning- not me:(

But she did a pretty good job…I ned to show her how to pull the wool out better, she is getting some pretty thick yarn on the bobbin… but she’ll get there, probably before me, she is soooo smart…

Our Hindi classes are going pretty well too. I opted out of my first one last night, just couldn’t get out of bed yesterday. I spent the WHOLE day in bed working on my second (kind of) lace project. I am doing a KAL with the Loopie Groupies on Ravelry of the Shetland Triangle.

I broke out the Wollmeise for this one, because it takes at least 500 yrds, and I wanted no knots in this baby. I am using my Veilchen color, a mix of blues and deeper blues, beautiful. And going pretty quickly. I am nervous about putting it down, and forgetting what I am doing, I dropped two YO’s already, and figured out away to fix it without it showing up so far. Of course it could be a trick of the lace, so I am tempted today to steam block what i have done already just to make sure that it is exactly what it should be….otherwise, I’m ripping back!! So, far no lifelines, just stitch markers, but it is not too big yet, and maybe in one or two more rows, I will start adding them!

So, off to the left here, you can see my Tiger and her attempts at spinning….and soon I will be posting my attempts, I need to work while I am alone to find my own rhythm and then I can help her better, once I understand the machine better myself!

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on the way to Habu

April 2, 2008 at 4:28 am (Uncategorized)

I had to post this photo somewhere, it makes me laugh so hard.

i have been a vegetarian for 26+ years and this is a cow mannequin

we saw in a window in NY on the way to the Habu Showroom. It is about a block away

and there was also a man’s torso behind this on the table. The day I went back, they were combing

his hair in the back, but he wasn’t visible in the photo anymore. Just had to share. In my avatar on Ravelry, it cuts me out of the picture, and it really is one of the few pics I have of me in NY. Since I took the pics, I am not IN any of them, thanks Nick!
on the way to Habu

Originally uploaded by mermaidbluestar

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the best tree ever

March 31, 2008 at 12:16 am (Uncategorized)


Originally uploaded by mermaidbluestar

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close up of the mermaid girls

March 31, 2008 at 12:14 am (Uncategorized)

close up of the mermaid girls

Originally uploaded by mermaidbluestar

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My Big Adventure

March 29, 2008 at 10:52 pm (Uncategorized)

Well, the blog is going great! No one has visited yet. I haven’t figured out how to load up my photos yet and still have strangers displayed in the corner there. I will figure this out because- I need to load up the pics I took yesterday of my big adventure. Actually, I dragged Tigerlily and Tony to go with me too. They wanted to go, but just to see, I was the real participant. It all began about two weeks ago. I decided I was going to drive all the way to Encinitas to take spinning lessons. I found a great lady at the yarn store, Common Threads. Her name was Jeri, she is no way affiliated with the store, she just volunteered her services to have paid lessons there. I drove up at the last minute and got there 1/2 into someone elses lesson. I felt badly for her, she had her adorable baby girl with her, but it was obvious she wasn’t getting much doen because she kept needing to deal with the baby. This was the reason I went alone. I got a whopper of a lesson. Jeri is a great and patient teacher. Then, another lovely lady came to the back, an indie dyer named Julie Soto. Her company is Natasha’s Handspun. I bought some roving form her it was so lovely ( I don’t even have my wheel yet…) They continued my lesson together with Julie showing me how to ply what I had just spun! It was amazing. Then they told me they were going to go buy fleeces – the whole sheared sheep’s coat. I really wanted to go and begged her to call me. we kept in contact through Ravelry here…and then it was time!!

We drove out to Descanso yesterday, it was a 45min drive and ended up out at a little farn on top of this BIG hill. The lady who lived there is named Eileen. She had ten sheep being shorn. We sat and watched and Jeri patiently showed me the highlights and lowlights of each fleece. It was so fun!!! I learned so much! I love learning. My goal as I am a teacher, is to go everyday learning something!! I have to . It courses through me like a disease…. anyway we were there from 4-6pm after a full day of substitute teaching at my son’s High School – La Jolla High. I had a great day. Long and exausting, but amazingly fun. Tiger andTony spent the time petting cows, chasing lizards, and talking to the herding dogs. They had fun too. Such a different life out there, out in the edges of society…out in the wilds….

Now I have five fleeces to process, soon. I already don’t have enough time in my day, I may send some off to a company to do for me, we’ll see…

Anybody guess on my other post?? My husband has Hep C and HIV infection from the great Hemophiliac Decimation of 25 years ago. There is a group called the Committee of 10,000. COTT. They represent the hemophiliacs that were infected by the tainted blood companies like Bayer and others flooded the market with. They infected wifes and other, on accident and nothing was ever the same. Our lives are different everyday too. We definitely understand the importance of now, the beauty of having each day, not wasting our time on petty things. Life is so short. We are so lucky that the protease inhibitors came when they did. We have today, and so far, tomorrow too….

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Second day

March 27, 2008 at 6:47 am (Uncategorized) ()

Okay want to know something about me and my lovely family…here’s a puzzle, maybe you can go sort it all out. My husband is a hemophiliac…he is 44 years old…something happened to the Hemophiliac community 25 years ago…they became the ‘canaries in the coal mine..’ so to speak. It was tragic. So, he is a long term survivor too. My daughter we had together was our little miracle. She is a carrier. If you can figure out what he has – I’ll send you something…hmmm, what to send- sock yarn…so, you need to know he’s a hemo, and his age, that should get you there. And, maybe just get some more people informed about the drug companies and their bad behavior…I know think? Name the ‘troubles’ he has, and i’ll randomly pick a winner. anyone else know a hemophiliac? If you want to start with a drug company go to bayer pharmacuticals and see what you find…..

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Hello world!

March 26, 2008 at 7:45 am (Uncategorized)

Welcome to WordPress.com. This is your first post. Edit or delete it and start blogging!

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My new blog…

March 26, 2008 at 2:58 am (Uncategorized)

This will be my online live diary for all the world to see and read!! boy will you get an earful- lucky you. can’t wait to tell you all about myself:)

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