Designs sometimes have a forward/backward two-step dance to them. First step forward was knitting the blue and then gold bands for the shawl. When I realized that this crescent shawl shape was too curly, I ripped back. Yes, a large step backwards. Moving forward, I fixed it and I really like the overall shape.
Once I had it this far along, I decided that the V shapes where too small. I wanted to knit more texture stitches across the rows.
So I ripped the gold out one more time. Yes, one more time stepping back. I made the texture stitch shapes larger at the base. Now, after knitting this section again, I finally have it just like I want it. The shapes are like FANs so I changed the name of the pattern. Why not? Nothing is written in stone yet.
The gold yarn is 80/20 fingering by Shelridge.com and stood up really well to three knits. Yay.
I’m knitting the last band of colour as you read this. There is no stopping me now!
The pattern is off to the testknitters and I’m contemplating knitting another one. Hmm, what to choose this time? DK weight? Yeah, that would work.
I have been thinking about knitted shawls for about a month but had projects to finish first. Knitting a shawl was the carrot in front of my nose, to keep going. Now that they are done I can indulge myself and start a shawl.
I have been teaching knitting for decades and thought I would take one of my shawl workshops and move it a little sideways. I need a challenge and taking something that is working and pushing it in a slightly different direction is fun, as well as frustrating when it doesn’t work out as expected, but that is still fun, believe it or not.
So here I go, a crescent shaped shawl beginning with a garter tab.
This shawl is worked in 2 or 3 parts. The first part is easy to work in garter stitch.
The experimenting starts with the second part of the shawl. I am working different textured patterns. You can’t see them, of course, since the needle is too short to spread it out. You’ll have to take my word for it for now.
I’m not sure about the general shape. My concern at the moment is that it might be too curvy. I need to block it even though it’s only half done. When the needle comes out, all will be revealed. Yikes, this makes me kinda nervous.