• 08Nov
    Categories: knitting Comments: 4

    swallowtail shawlI realize that I have not posted any knitting content in quite a while.  This is not because no knitting has been going on.  Rather, much frogging has been going on.  I have cast on several projects several times each but sometimes it can be difficult to determine what a particular yarn wants to be.  I did recently finish a shawl, but have not yet photographed it…for that I will need hubby’s help.  So, I have posted a picture of my current work in progress:  the swallowtail shawl from the fall Interweave Knits.  I am making some alterations though.  The pattern calls for Misti Alpaca Lace on size 4 needles.  I substituted Alpaca With A Twist (80% alpaca, 20% silk) in First Frost.  Since this is a thinner lace weight, I changed the needles to a size 3 and am adding more repeats in the body of the shawl.  When I finish the body and move on to the edging and determine that my math is definately correct, I will post the additional number of repeats required to reconcile the additional body repeats with the edging pattern.  I plan to finish this shawl in the next week or so and have it blocked shortly thereafter.  I plan to wear it on Thanksgiving!

4 Comments to WIP: Swallowtail Shawl

  • Oh my goodness! This is so gorgeous! I just bought some laceweight. I’m having troubles getting my shawl started. Maybe I’ll e-mail you with my questions! Do you mind? =)

  • Tammy,

    Please do not hesitate to email any questions to me…I will try and answer them to the best of my ability. I do not find lace difficult to knit if I pay attention to what I am doing. If I am too tired, I do tend to sometimes drop a stitch of the yarn because it is so fine! I do knit somewhat slower and more deliberately with laceweight just to make sure I do not drop a stitch off the needle accidentally. I also find it helpful in insert lifelines every so often(you can see the bright colored yarn running through the ivory lace above), especially when changing from one particular lace pattern to another. That way if I make a mistake it is easy to rip back to where I know I was on the right track and helps to lessen the frustration level.

    Good luck on trying lace!

  • […] As for my knitting, I plan to finish up my Swallowtail Shawl before Thanksgiving.  After that, my next project will be the Print O’ The Wave Stole by Eunny Jang in Knit Picks Alpaca Cloud in Midnight. […]

  • […] As for knitting progress, my swallowtail shawl is finished and only in want of blocking!  I will post pics after that is complete.  I have a new project on my needles, Eunny Jang’s Print O’ The Wave stole, and I will share pics of my version when I have a bit more accomplished. […]

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