Tutorial Tuesday: Cassian

A lot of folks have asked how I picked up the stitches around the corner of Cassian - my design that was in the first amazing issue of The Sock Report. So I prepared a little mini tutorial on how I did it. Any technique that accomplishes the corner turn that you are happy with will work of course, this  is just how I did it!

In the first picture you can see what the corner of the shawl looks like before turning. The edging runs along the right side and there are live stitches along the top. But before we can apply the edging to those live sts, we need to turn the corner, so that the corner doesn’t bunch up. There are 11 sts to the right of the marker – those are the edging stitches. All of the corner turning stitches will be picked up before that marker.

The picture below shows 4 suggested places to pick up stitches. The right-hand column of decreases, the two bars between the stitches, and the left-hand column of single stitches before the lace begins.

 It is difficult to pick these up all at once. So what is suggested is working the lace edging until 2 sts remain (ending with the yo) and then slipping those 2 sts to the right-hand needle. Pick up a stitch with right-hand needle (such as the bar stitch pickup shown in the picture below) and then slip those 3 sts back to the left-hand needle and work the k3tog.

You will repeat this process 4 times – using the 4 suggested pick-up points. It doesn’t have to be perfect, just grab a strand and work the k3tog to anchor the turn. When the turn is completed, your corner will look like this: