So there I was, doggedly knitting along on the Handsome Triangle on Friday night, when it occurred to me that it was getting awfully big, I decided to look at the pattern to see the finished measurements –82″ across by 43″ down the center back. I measured my work on the needles. Yeah, already had that, and more, without stretching it.
The pattern directs you to work to 120 rows. I stopped after row 90. Looking at the photo of the shawl on page 31 the book, I believe they stopped thereabouts as well on that particular shawl.
After some very gentle blocking, my shaw measures 104″ across the top by 50″ down the back.
I’m glad I stopped when I did.
I believe I had 326 live stitches when I finished knitting. The bottom is finished off with crocheted loops. –chain eight, then work a single crochet together with one live stitch of the shawl, then chain 4, et cetera. I worked all my loops as an 8-stitch chain because I thought the 4-stitch chain was too skimpy. So using my exceedingly shaky math skills, I have conjectured that needed to I crochet 2,934 stitches on the edge of the shawl.
Guess what the majority of yesterday afternoon and evening was spent doing?
I do rather suck at crochet, so it took me longer than it should. The pattern directs you to use a 5mm crochet hook, which of course I didn’t have. I do, however, have a lovely Brittany 4.5mm crochet hook with a fancy carved head.
So I used that. By the time I was done, I thought it was slightly less lovely because the lovely turned head of it had rubbed against the side of my hand throughout the whole crochet process. (No doubt if I held the hook properly this would not have happened.)
But I completed it and I’m happy.
I did not wet block it — rather I steamed it with my iron. I don’t like to wet-block 100% silk — I don’t think it is particularly effective. Steaming, on the other hand, worked very well. While I didn’t carefully steam each little crocheted loop open, I like the way this looks — it makes a sort of ruffle at the bottom.
The winner of this week’s book giveaway, chosen by the random number generator, is Valeria L. Valerie, I’ve emailed you. Thank you to everyone who entered.
Yesterday the KOARC pointed out to me that my blog had been nominated for a Blogger’s Choice award in two categories: Best Hobby Blog and Best Blog Design. In a fit of poor sportsmanship, I immediately voted for myself in both categories. I have no illusions about winning in either category, believe me, but if you have any desire to do so, please consider voting for me so that I will not be totally humiliated by the small number of votes I’ve received.
And a big thank you to whoever it was who nominated me!
Quite the little contortionist, isn’t she?