When I received my copy of Holiday 2017 Vogue Knitting Magazine, I was immediately drawn to Meg Swansen's "Danish Sontag Shawl." There were a few changes I wanted to make, but I was confident that I would love it. The only thing holding me back was the cast-on.
I like to read directions over and be able to picture them in my head before I knit, but with this cast-on, I could not picture what it would look like. I couldn't find anyone talking about it online, so I had to figure it out on my own. I hope this will be helpful to someone else who might be hesitant about getting started.
One thing that was tripping me up was that I couldn't figure out which end the shawl started at. I didn't have much experience with triangular shawls back then, but I know much more now. After I knitted for a few rows, I realized that the cast-on edge runs along the entire bottom of this shawl. It is a perfect match for the shaping that is done along the sides as you knit. The CDD (centered double decrease) is what creates the point of the triangle. This shawl includes ties to keep it on, which is pretty clever. The ties are one long piece with the cast-on. First you make the tie for one side, then you continue with the cast-on, and then you make the tie for the other side. When this step is finished, you have one really long skinny piece. Once I jumped in and got started, I quickly saw how it was going to be accomplished. I used clip-on stitch markers to help count my stitches.
I still need to take pictures of my shawl off the blocking boards. Those are coming soon.