Symmetrical Wedges or not

Symmetry vs non-symmetry? Where do you stand? My last set of wedges I knit, the eyelet wedges, are not exactly the same on both sides of this shawl.


I don’t know if you can see it here but the eyelet wedge on the first side (right side of photo) has 1 garter ridge on the inside edge before the first row of eyelets and 2 ridges on the outside edge. The second side wedge (left side of photo) has 2 garter ridges before the first set of eyelets and one ridge afterwards.

This makes it easier to write the instructions but … the lack of symmetry has me bugged.  Would it bug you? Here’s a closer look at two photos showing the eyelet wedges.

It’s true that not even another knitter would notice the difference once it was around your neck, a phrase I rely on when students are getting upset about small errors in their knitting. But as this is a written pattern I think it should be written with symmetrical sides.

I’ve just finished a fingering weight version which is drying on my clothesline. An unorthodox way of blocking but it’s what I have here at camp.


I’m really happy with the way the wedges have made the tails nice and long. But the eyelet thing … it has me starting another one just to get this right.

Does this seem worth it to you?


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Author: debgemmellmods

I'm a Knitter. The capital K means every day, everywhere. I'm co-owner of Cabin Fever with my sister Lyn. We have published over 100 patterns and 11 books. I'm also working on a new set of patterns for Any Gauge knitting. Dive into your stash and cast on for a Top Down sweater that fits, or an accessory to use up those odd balls of yarn.

5 thoughts on “Symmetrical Wedges or not”

  1. I used to sew all my business suits for work. Whenever I made a “slightly bad” buttonhole(due to my sewing machine), that is always what I fixated on. No one else ever noticed. They just praised my sewing. And pictures of garments always looked perfect. Let it go, Deb, and enjoy your beautiful shawl!

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