I wore one of my Liken shawls to work this past week and it inspired me to cast on. But first I had to make sure I understood my pattern modifications. That actually took a little more work than I thought it would as I originally knit this as part of a mystery knit along, so some of my notes referred to clues instead of just line numbers. I printed out my project notes and a copy of the pattern and studied my shawls, which were not exactly the same, and figured it out. This time I am formalizing my modifications and hope to publish them for free on Ravelry (if Sivia is cool with it). I can do it without infringing on the copyright by referring to pattern line numbers.
I did make a modification to my modification. On my other two versions I started out with 4 rows of garter stitch, instead of a garter tab cast on. The garter tab cast ons can stretch, as opposed to giving you a firmer neck edge. Last week I had also cast on the Snowmelt shawl by Helen Stewart and that pattern started out with an I-cord. But instead of doing an I-cord cast on, that pattern called for picking up stitches, as you would with a garter tab cast on. That seemed to me to be making your point the hard way. Why not just do an I-cord cast on? The shawl then continued with an I-cord edge. For this shawl I cast on my 3 stitches for my I-cord, worked two rows as straight I-cord and then continued working an I-cord cast on to get my 42 cast on stitches, plus the 3 stitches of the I-cord itself. I turned the work, slipped the first 3 stitches purl-wise, and purled across to the end of the cast on stitches. I then used the tail of my original cast on to pick up 3 stitches in the other end of my I-cord, secured the tail, and slipped those 3 stitches.
Pattern: Liken by Sivia Harding, modified to be a cape
Yarn: The Unique Sheep Kiri
Needle: US 4 (3.5 mm)