Welcome to Autumn — well, Autumn where I am, anyhow. Autumn is my favorite season so I am very happy indeed.
Thanks for all your lovely comments on my Talisman Shawl. I will likely offer the pattern for sale, but I haven’t yet written the pattern up in a format anyone other than I would understand, so it won’t be available immediately.
Mrs. C. asked in the comments:
If a shawl is knitted in a worsted weight wool, will it be denser and larger? I’ve not made a shawl and am intimidated by the size of it. I would try if I knew it could be bigger and especially denser, sorta like it looks unblocked but having been blocked.
Short answer: absolutely. You would want to use a needle a couple sizes larger than you would normally use for worsted weight wool, so that there is a lacy quality to your work. If you make it too dense, the pattern will be lost to a certain extent.
Do you have a mini-editorial on the advantages/disadvantages of triangular vs. rectangular shawls? Not the knitting of them, because challenges aren’t the issue… but WEARING them. Which do you prefer?
As far as I’m concerned, this is a matter of personal preference. I like both triangular and rectangular shawls. What do you all think?
Seanna Lea asked:
Do you have any suggestions for blocking a circular shawl so it doesn’t end up with lots of little points? I just blocked my Pi Shawl and it looks a little peaky.
Good question. When I knit a Pi Shawl I did an edging that had little points to it, so I simply pinned out each point. Granted, it took me a while to get it pinned out in a (more or less) perfect circle. Anyone have any ideas here?
Onward. As I mentioned yesterday, I started my Daily Sweater from Mason-Dixon Knitting Outside the Lines, and am enjoying knitting it very much.
Please note if you are knitting this sweater — on Row 3 of the written directions, the first increase was left out. Row 3 should start: M1left. Edited to add: whoopsie — I was wrong — that increase is at the very end of the round. I automatically moved it to the beginning of the round because that’s how my brain works. 😉
I knit a swatch before embarking on this and got gauge with the suggested needle size (a US7). I’m doing a couple of things differently from the pattern.
While the pattern doesn’t direct you to do so, I am doing the increases one stitch in from the edge to make a neater line along the raglan.
When you are working with Rowan Calmer, you want to work your increases very tightly, since the yarn is stretchy. Otherwise you will leave an unsightly hole at the increase point.
The pattern directs you to knit a little purl triangle at the front neck (to mimic the look of a sweatshirt). Instead of a purl triangle, I worked an a little openwork triangle, thusly:
I have a pdf of the chart fot this little triangle available here: Triangle Chart
In home improvement news, I put all my DVDs away in my new tv stand, and so far Lucy doesn’t seem to have a problem with them being there. So far.
She seems to think the shawl is for her, by the way.