Easy to understand

I know my last post concerning grandma’s shawl was absolute gibberish. I’ve never knit one of these puppies before, so I didn’t even know how to explain my dilemma!

And what a dilemma… Sigh. For days I would just pick up the shawl and look at it every which way, not certain of the fix. Sometimes I would knit a few rows, then take them out, try again. There were no books that contained the elusive answer, no advanced knitting forums, just me and my knitting. And Emily. Once I sort of figured out what to do, and she gave the border a look-over and nodded her head approvingly, I forged ahead.

So, finally, here’s some math that’s much easier to understand: knit half as many rows, finish twice as quickly. Voilà!

For the curious, I ended up knitting 1 row of border per 1 stitch of body, or half the density of my first attempt.

This thing is getting really, really big, and I totally underestimate how much it will stretch – I start pinning it to my bed for photos and “dry-blocking,” and the next thing I know, I’m over the edge!

So… 😉 who had guessed that I’d finish knitting the shawl mid-February-ish? I think you guys might be right on the money!


18 thoughts on “Easy to understand

  1. Kate

    Wow, it’s truly beautiful, Grumpy. Nice work!

    I’m the type that would stop with the border you’ve knit and call it an FO — but you’re probably not lazy like me :).

  2. Vicki

    It is beautiful, just stunning. Well done especially after all the problems you had. Your grandmother will love it.

  3. Ruth

    It’s beautiful. Your Grandmother will have to sit down when she opens it.

    I was way off on my guess … I think I estimated sometime late in January … but in my defense, who could have predicted you’d run into so many problems with the pattern?

  4. Mary K. in Rockport

    Just saw Odessa pattern in MagKnits moments ago. I passionately love it, it is just so ……. perfect, like your other published designs. It has been fun to follow its gestation. Here’s to perfectionism!

  5. Gina in NH

    OH, it’s SO gorgeous! I’m very envious…can I sneak over and steal it? he he. Will you be publishing the pattern for this when you’re done? I just started knitting lace shawls and my mom would LOVE this for Christmas. You are amazing! By the way, the delicious baby set is perfect….I’m making it soon for a new baby girl of a friend of ours. Keep that genius mind working!

  6. Jessica

    That looks great. The seam looks very natural and it flows so well. You are so good at figuring out stuff that doesn’t work. I’ve enjoyed reading the process.

  7. gail

    As for picking up stitches, you did a fabulous job! I think that the correct answer for how many to pick up per row of knitting is: “whatever works best.” However, on page 23 of “Traditional Knitted Lace Shawls” I found the following: “Probably the most difficult task in knitting this type of shawl is picking up stitches for the border. The same number of stitches must be picked up on each side if the border is to be even. Although this can be done “by eye”, it is helpful to divide each side into halves or quarters, and then pick up the same number of stitches within each of these smaller sections. To pick up stitches around a center square worked on the bias, knitting legend Elizabeth Zimmerman suggests picking up three stitches for every two selvedge loops.” I don’t know if a triangle shawl has edges on the bias or not. I also looked at “A Gathering of Lace” by Meg Swansen. On page 59 Eugen Beugler describes how to attach the edging: “…work one row of chart, knitting last edging st tog with next shawl st on left needle. Turn and work row 2. The end of every odd row of the edging pat will join the edging to 1 or 2 shawl sts….” Like I said, whatever works!!

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