Thanks so much for all your comments on our sunset photos at the beach! I had been knitting 24/7 for about 3 days, staying up late at night to finish (you know how that goes, those of you who are brave enough to attempt holiday knitting). It was a fun way to celebrate finally being done, and having a summer FO!
Pattern: Lorna's Laces Free & Easy Pie Wedge Shawl, free on the ball band of...
Yarn: Lorna's Laces Helen's Lace, Tickled Pink
Needles: Susan Bates Crystallites size 8, to keep the yarn from sliding off
Finished Size: approx. 56" x 28" (mine is probably more like 60"x 30")
Notes: This pattern should be easy [and it is, mostly], given that it's all garter stitch, but some of the details are confusing, and having no printed photo (just a scant diagram) on the ball band doesn't help. Here are some things I wish I'd known when I started:
1. When you begin knitting, right-side facing you, the center of the shawl and point of the wedge is on the left. The knife-edge border forms on the right.
2. Yes, the seams in between the wedges are big garter stitch. They looked funny to me and I ripped out the first one, fearing I'd done something wrong with the short-row instructions, but they are in fact just big garter stitch.
3. Only count your stitches when you complete row 10 of each knife-edge. To make sure you have the correct number of stitches for the short rows, you should have two more stitches to the left of the marker than where you are on the numbered row. So, if you are on row 32, you should have 34 stitches to the left of the marker, after you turn the work. If you are on row 64, you should have 66 stitches to the left of the marker, when you have turned the work.
4. The cast on edge is different from the bind off edge. Rows 109 & 110, which make the big garter stitch seams in between the wedges, are the last two rows of the shawl. So, one side has the big seam and the other doesn't, leaving the shawl asymmetrical. I bound off as I knitted row 110 [rather than after row 110], to minimize this, but it's still there. If you bind off at row 108, you would lose part of the knife-edge point. So I'm not sure how to get around that!
5. The yarn bled a little when I blocked it, but it wasn't bad. I dried & pinned it on black trash bags, which I removed before Chris took the photos for me.
For those wanting to try lace, this is a great introduction, as it's made with lace weight yarn, but knitted on larger needles than most lace projects. There's no complicated pattern chart to follow, only a few yarn overs in each knife edge (one per row) to keep track of. Because of numbers 2 & 4 above, I'm a little disappointed in the way this turned out; it's not as refined as some of the other patterns I've done. It will look nice, though, tucked inside my w-nt-r coat. This project was definitely all about the yarn and the colorway. :)
Next post: updates on Oceane, a knitting prize, and Charlie...Have a wonderful weekend!