Karen B. asked:
I saw this shawl on knit-spot and was sorely tempted. With the clarity of instructions provided, do you think it appropriate for a newbie lace knitter?
While this is a big lace project, if you break it down and just look at it row to row, there’s really nothing too terribly difficult in it. I think an adventuresome beginner lace knitter could knit it, with some patience and perseverence. There are some k3tog and k3tog tbl, and then later on you’ll need to make 5 from one stitch — but that’s the extent of the “tricky bits.”
The pattern includes instructions for a smaller version of the shawl — a scarf — so if you didn’t want to commit to the large shawl, you could make a much smaller version.
I have to get one of these done for a friend’s grandmother’s 90th birthday by 1 November. I have knitted precisely one lace shawl previously (well, it had holes in it, anyway). I’m quite worried. Should I give up my job and eating now?
You just need to pace yourself.
What I would do if I needed to knit a lace shawl for a deadline:
It’ll go quickly at the start, because the rows are pretty short. When they start to get longer, set yourself a goal of a number of rows per day. You know how many days you have to get it finished. Set an end date a few days before November 1. Then divide the number of rows you have remaining by the number of days you have to knit. And stick to your schedule. If you do more than your set number of rows in a day, it’s a bonus! Just remember that the rows get longer the more you do, so don’t set unreasonable goals towards the end of the knitting. At the start you can do ten or twenty rows a day. Towards the end, you might want to set a goal of just a couple of rows per day.
I’m rooting for you!
Me? I’ve completed three (out of five total) of the twn leaf pattern repeats.
The rows are getting really long at this point, but this particular motif is a lot of fun to knit, so I really don’t mind. Too much.
I didn’t get a whole lot done today because I spent a good part of the afternoon hanging out with a great group of knitters at the Martha Washington Library. We had a very good time. My mom came with me (Hi, Mom!) so that made it double the fun for me.
And this is what Lucy was doing while I was gone:
Clearly she is back in training for the Feline Sleeping Olympics.