I know the perspective is a little bit wonky, but can we please address this important question: is there, or is there not, a working needle in that piece of fabric?

Booya! The center square of the Crown Prince Square Shawl is done!

A little hard to believe, actually, because the whole thing seemed so daunting and huge at the onset! But, there it is, so close to being completely and totally done.

Only the border remains. That’s not a very scary thought unless we stop and consider the following facts:

  • The border is made from two identical strips of fabric which are knit separately, then hand-sewn to the main square.
  • Each of the borders is knit lengthwise, beginning with casting on 409 stitches.

Gulp! But casting on 409 stitches doesn’t sound so bad, does it? Especially if the stitches begin their life during So You Think You Can Dance :). They don’t look particularly scary, either:

Just a wee ribbon of fabric.

One other complication: my needle keeps doing this kind of thing:

I’m crossing my fingers that with some nudging and Krazy Glue it holds together until I’m done with this project, at which point I’ll just toss it (yes, I know I can call KnitPicks and get a replacement, but that just means I’d get another one of these needles).

I’m still wondering whether one skein of Lorna’s Laces Helen’s Lace will be enough for this entire shawl. I first noticed the seemingly unending nature of this yarn back when I was about halfway through the main square. A finished main square and part of the border later…

Only one way to find out if this will be enough! Finish knitting this border-in-progress, weigh it, compare to the yarn remaining for the second border, allowing a few grams for seaming, of course. I better get to it!


49 thoughts on “Booya!

  1. Bertha

    I completely disagree. Casting on 409 stitches DOES sound that bad! πŸ™‚ It will be worth it though, this looks super incredible! I can’t wait to see it blocked!

  2. Jen

    My Knitpicks needles do that all the time. Krazy Glue does work, but it’s a pain in the butt. It’s too bad, because other than this (big) problem I love the needles!

  3. Joanna

    For some reason, yours looks better than the one in the book. Maybe the color. I am actually a tiny (very tiny) bit inspired to try it. That sewing on the border is almost a deal breaker, though.

  4. Yarndude

    Ugh, my knitpicks needles do that all the time too. I’ve stopped calling for replacements because a) they probably think I’m just stocking up on cables and b) they’re just going to break. Good luck with the yardage!

  5. Salt

    Actually, there’s a product from Loctite (Threadlocker or Tite ‘N) that is meant to keep threaded metal things from slipping loose but that does let you take them apart again later. I use it on eyeglass screws, interchangeable needles, all sorts of things that need to stay put under repeated torque. Best thing I ever learned from an automotive mechanic.

  6. Erica

    Awesome show for knitting. I tend to watch the dancing and listen to the comments. Good luck with the needles. The center of the shawl is gorgeous.

  7. Jill

    I’m sorry to hear about your trouble with KnitPicks needles, but glad to know I’m not the only one who has a problem with them coming apart like that. I didn’t know KnitPicks would replace them free. I thought I was just being too hard on the cable connection. The shawl looks beautiful, but then so does everything I’ve seen you post here. Thank you so much for writing this blog. It’s been immensely helpful to me.

  8. Mercuria

    I used a bit of epoxy on mine, and it hasn’t come apart since. Of course, there’s always the possibility that I’ve subconsciously been more gentle (out of fear) since then…

  9. Leonie

    The centre of the shawl looks gorgeous, I’m always amazed people have the patience for big things! Good luck with the needles, it sounds annoying, I don’t have any and would think twice about getting them if that is a common enough fault that they replace them. HHmmmmm.

  10. Katie K

    After all sorts of futzing with my knitpicks options needles coming apart and trying to fix them, I finally got some addi lace needles and they are heavenly. You owe it to yourself to get some.

  11. Laritza

    Why caston and not pickup the stitches? but? Likewise, why sew and not attach as you knit the other edge? I have not read the pattern…… as for the needles, almost all of mine have done the same, superglue works fine. Just be careful and get the whole tip in otherwise you will end up with a snaggy join.

  12. penny

    come try the hiya-hiya set! i love mine and they haven’t unscrewed yet… you are a brave and inspiring woman, that many stitches scares me.

  13. Jessica

    Beautiful! Luscious color. I hope you consider giving the needles away, instead of throwing them away. My one glued Knitpicks cable has been fine.. I consider it a small price to pay, considering the affordability, sharpness, and magic loopiness. πŸ™‚

  14. Gauss

    Great job on the center! It seems like one should be able to adjust the pattern to pick up and knit the border around the center, instead of this seaming business. I also dislike casting on that many stitches, plus I worry that the seamed edge will be less elastic than the rest (especially with lace, which will get blocked!). I’ll be following this new adventure closely.

  15. Ebony

    Gorgeous! The color is wonderful. I’m still afraid of the sewn-on border, but I’ll be getting to that one eventually.

    I’ve given up on the Knitpicks. I just throw the cords away as I go along. I’ve had that happen more than once in the middle of knitting with both the Options and the fixed circulars and I hate it. I’m gradually replacing them with Addis.

  16. Mary K. in Rockport

    There have been such raves over the KnitPicks “screwable” needles that I thought I was the only one whose needles kept unscrewing. Perhaps they unwind because of some way we hold and manipulate them? I use them anyway, but they’re a pain.

  17. Kathleen

    Beautiful shawl! That happens to my KnitPicks needles all of the time and it drives me bananas. If you’ve decided to try out a certain size of needle that you purchased more than a year before, they are not willing to replace it. :-S

  18. Amy

    Your perseverance will *totally* pay off. And I’m keeping my fingers crossed for you on the yarn! Going to join us tonight?

  19. Erin

    Glad I’m not the only one who has that problem with the Knitpicks needles!

    Note to a couple of the previous commenters: This isn’t a problem with the needles coming unscrewed (though I’ve had that problem too in the past); if you look closely, you’ll see the needle is still screwed into the base, but the whole base has come right off the cable.

  20. Teresa C

    Knitting and “So You Think You Can Dance! (dance dance dance)” We are spending our Wednesday and Thursday evenings very much the same way….

    Love the shawl. Of course.

  21. Andrea

    You know, I was considering KnitPicks needles for some time and did a google search for opinions on them. I ran across your old entry about the Options line where you weighed them in comparison to other needles you own, and now that I see this, I am decided. I will stick with the less pointy Addi Turbos (until they come out with pointier ends, then I’ll reinvest) or wait until Signature Needle Arts comes out with their circulars.

    Have you seen the Signature needles? I’m just wondering if you’re aware of them, because while on the pricey side, they are a luxury worth the price. I have one pair of straight size US6s and they are lovely! But I’m a circular girl, and those are still on the drawing table. Anyway, wanted to mention them to see if you’ve heard of or have an opinion on them.

  22. Andrea

    Oh, and the thing that caught my attention about Signature needles? They have a point very aptly named “Stiletto” and they mean it.

  23. Holly

    Try plumbers teflon tape on the screw part of the needle (you can get it at…wait for this….Home Depot!). I has helped many a KnitPicks Options user.

  24. Holly

    Try plumbers teflon tape on the screw part of the needle (you can get it at…wait for this….Home Depot!). I has helped many a KnitPicks Options user.

  25. Holly

    Try plumbers teflon tape on the screw part of the needle (you can get it at…wait for this….Home Depot!). I has helped many a KnitPicks Options user.

  26. Seanna Lea

    Wow, all of the comments about the KnitPicks needles have me glad that I gave up on the interchangeable needles ages ago (I have a set of Denises, which work except most of my knitting is with smaller needle sizes than a 5).

  27. Tracey

    The shawl is lovely.

    This is why I don’t buy knit picks needles anymore. Customer service is helpful and empathic when you call BUT it stinks to be knitting lace and have the cable join break.

    I am sticking to Addi’s now.

  28. Nicole

    Yikes – a loose needle! I would switch to something else for this project… 409 stitches is alot to risk. Colour is amazing. Can’t wait to see it done!

  29. Lara

    I have the exact same problem with my Knitpicks needles, and the exact same response. I’ve had them replaced before. Why would I want to keep putting myself through this? So disappointing. I use Krazy Glue on mine. :p

    Lovely shawl!

  30. Angharad

    I love my Knit Picks needles sooo much, but I have tossed a cable or two. However, I’ve heard that a little drop of Superglue keeps the cables in the joins where they should be. (It looks to me like you’re not having a problem with the screws, but with the cable itself coming out of the join.) I wish they’d switch their glue or something.

    Your shawl looks so gorgeous. I love the color.

  31. Jess

    Once Krazy Glued my KP’s needles have stayed put. So unless disgust brings you to toss it… you could keep that needle.

    Staying tuned for blocking!

  32. Luci

    Wow. I love your shawl. It looks so soft, and the raspberry color is scrumptious. I think I am going to have to try to find some for myself. Good luck on the border. I can’t wait to see it blocked.

  33. Liz T.

    I would have thought that you’d have enough as I managed to knit the Peacock shawl from a single skein and still had plenty over – but that does look like a pretty fine gauge. Beautiful colour btw.

  34. Trista

    You chose such a perfect color for this shawl!! I just know your grandmother is going to LOVE this, I mean how could she not? I enjoyed seeing her birthday dinner pictures- how cute she is!

    Love your blog- it is one of my top favorites, and I think this is my first comment, but maybe not. Regardless, I just want to thank you for the inspirations and light-hearted fun of your blog, and of course for your great patterns you share with all of us!

  35. Beebs

    Frequent problem with my KnitPicks. I keep calling for replacements, ‘cuz I figure at some point they’ll realize they have a pretty big problem and then hopefully they’ll correct it. My sticks of choice, however, for everything, are Addi’s Lace. LOVE them. Aren’t you the one who went to bat for us to get them produced? Thanks!

  36. Hookie, UK

    I would have been tempted to crochet round the edges! However, it probably wouldnt feel right not to follow the pattern to the letter and what a superb piece of knitting destined to become a family heirloom without doubt. Well done – what patience and skill!

  37. Maria

    I’ve been following your blog for a while now and you are making some amazing stuff! I’m mostly a crocheter but it makes me want to grab some needles and try my damnest when I see your work πŸ™‚

    Do you have an etsy or artfire shop?


  38. Alicia

    Lovely shawl! Love the color! I had that happen to a needle. Despite only knitting with knitpicks options (when I use circulars) I’ve only had it happen once.

  39. knitopia

    I don’t think I could knit while watching So You Think You Can Dance! I am happy to hear others say they watch it. It’s the only thing on in the summer that I like to watch, and I was a little embarrassed to admit it.

  40. Mary Lynn

    I had that happen with one cable but only one. I do like the needles.

    The color is fabulous. Can’t say that I would eagerly take on that number of cast ons (I have problems with 50). And, good luck with the cast-off.

  41. Mona

    The most I’ve cast on is 150 stitches via long tail, and I end up with three attempts so I don’t have too short or too long a tail. Tedious, but in the end, worth it. It helps that the yarn is in such a gorgeous color.

    Re Knitpicks, I find their cable to be more flexible compared to my Addis, so I’m just super-gluing my uncoupled needles. My other backups are bamboo.

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