Faux Lace Knitting

Posted: February 25, 2011 in Ramblings

Today I finished a half-round shawl.  I wasn’t sure whether I’d enjoy this process much.  It comes out looking like lace, but it’s done in strips of different stitch patterns (increasing the row length periodically), rather than a design repeated continuously across all rows.  So, half of this project was either rows of garter, or rows of stockinette.  Not a big deal at all.  The only really troublesome parts were the last (longest) section of yarnovers, and the binding off.  And the only reason these were problem areas was because I was afraid of dropping a stitch (or making some other error) and having to rip back to the last garter row in order to be able to fix it.  I don’t know how to fix mistakes in fancy sections like these.  But anyway, it’s done, and it’s blocking upstairs.  The yarn is Plymouth “Dye For Me” (merino, silk, cashmere laceweight) that I dyed as the Tyrian Purple in an earlier post (the one in a ball form).  I skipped 5 rows of the pattern in order to eke out the yarn (the pattern recommended 900 yards, and I had only 820), and it was perfect.  There is something like two yards of yarn left over.  I’ll post a pic of me wearing it, once it’s dry and there’s someone here to take my picture!  But in the meantime here it is in all its damp glory for you.

The "Radiance Shawl" Pattern

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