There have been some questions over the past few days that I will attempt to answer today.
My swatch is too big! Should I go down a size or two in needles? Do we want to match your gauge? In other words, if I use a fingering weight yarn and the gauge is off, will the end result look terrible?
You don’t need to match my swatch — unless you want to. The objective is to have a swatch that you like in terms of size and lacyness. If you knit up a swatch, block it, and it is HUGE and the lace is too open and sloppy looking, then do try again with a smaller needle. But if you like the way your blocked swatch looks, then you are good.
Everyone knits a little differently, so you very well may need to use a different needle size than I did (I used a U.S. size 7 — 4.5mm — for my swatch).
Dr. Jackie asked:
Do you think the pattern would be better in a dark or light color, or doesn’t it matter?
I don’t think it matters. I think the pattern will show up very nicely in both light and dark colorways.
Would you consider this KAL fit for a lace beginner? Also, I’m not really fond of circular needles. Would it be possible to knit this project on double point needles?
I think a beginner could do this shawl. None of the lace patterns are difficult. There are no particularly tricky techniques. I think the most fiddly part of the shawl is the cast-on, and that is easily conquered.
But knitting the whole thing on double-pointed needles? I would not recommend this. You would need quite a few needles to be able to fit all the stitches on once you have done the final increase. And then you have the danger of dropping stitches off the ends of all those needles every time you pick the piece up to work on it. I know I’d have a problem with that. If you want to give this project a try, I strongly encourage you to give circular needles a try. You start out knitting on double-points, and you can work on those needles until you have a fairly good-sized piece, then switch to a circular. I don’t know what your objection to circulars is, but transferring a piece in progress to a circular might be more pleasant for you then past experience, if your experience was starting a piece on a circular.
I have some wonderful cashmere and silk in my stash. I have never knit with either fiber. Do they both work for lace?
Absolutely! You can definitely use non-wool yarns. Another good idea would be sea silk, if you happen to have a bunch of that.
I ordered yarn based on the gauge. I’m worried it’s more lace weight than fingering because of the vague terms.
I wouldn’t worry about it. Once you get your yarn, knit a swatch and see what you think of the results. That’s the beauty of a project like this — it will work for many different yarn weights!
I’ve got six 440yd hands of Knit Picks Gossamer in Sweet Pea (discontinued yarn/color) lace weight yarn.
I took a look at this yarn and think it would work very well for this project. The Ravelry link to projects knit with that colorway that Elianastar left in the comments is here. Isn’t it pretty?
I ordered Kauni after you did your blue/ browns shawl and wondering if that will work.
Absolutely! I think a self-striping yarn like Kauni would be great fun for this project!
I’m planning on posting the first part of the Shetland Pi on Sunday. Stay tuned . . .
In Current Pi News
I am coming down the home stretch on the EZ Anniversary Pi. Just a few rows left to go!
It’s a good thing, because photos of it on the needles are not particularly inspiring, are they?
And Lucy is still stalking her fuzzy rat.