I’ve been wondering, when you’re designing your own shawls, how do you determine when to start the bottom border and/or knitted-on edging? I have a shawl on my back burner that I’m working up with a finite amount of yarn. I haven’t been working on it because I’m not sure how to figure out when to end the body and move on to the edging without running out of yarn.
As a side question, when doing a knitted-on edging, do you just jump right in? Or is there a system to matching the edging to the shawl body? Do you just knit the edging till you get to the end of the body, not worrying about where you are in the edging pattern?
I basically know how much yarn it will take to knit a triangular shawl of the size I am making with a knitted-on edging. When I’m done, I’ll have a more exact idea. There is guesswork involved!
As for creating the knitted on edging, I do plan ahead. I make sure that my edging pattern repeats match the number of stitches that I have on the bottom edge. I take into allowance that when I get to the center point of the shawl, I am going to want to do twice as many edging rows for a couple of repeats so that the edging will be full enough to lie flat around the point when blocked.
Here’s a not-particularly-extreme close-up of the Woodland shawl:
Have you ever attempted to block (other than very gently) any of the rowanspun yarns? My instincts are saying that this probably isn’t the yarn for a lace project, but I love the feel and drape of the yarn.
The only Rowan yarn I’ve used for a shawl is the Yorkshire Tweed 4-ply, which I used for the Deborah Newton shawl a couple of months ago. It blocked out beautifully.
I caved in and bought a skein of Helen’s Laces in the oh-so-yummy Aslan colorway last night at Knit Happens.
And when I got home last night, this was waiting in my mailbox:
That would be two skeins (220 yards each) of hand-dyed fingering weight qivuit in the Lupine colorway. From Caryll’s Designs.
I plan to use this to knit a lace scarf for the Qivuit Knit-along I joined a while back. The knit-along starts the beginning of September. I had planned on spinning my qivuit roving and using that, but I know I’m not going to get that done before September. So I’ll save that for later.
So . . . 440 yards of fingering weight qivuit. I may make up my own scarf pattern for this, or thumb through the ones I’ve already got and see if something catches my fancy.