After spending more than two weeks working on nothing but Phildar Swing Jacket, I decided to take a short break - working on Shetland Triangle Shawl. I've had the book for a long time, but this shawl never caught my eyes, until I saw Ashley's FO. Maybe it is the white color, that shows the beauty of this lace so well, I immediately added it to my to-knit list. The lace is simple, I actually felt a bit bored toward the end. I don't like to put my knitting down when I am at the middle of a row. I usually try to finish a row before I take a break. In this shawl, there are more than 200 stitches per row for the last couple repeats. Each row took me 10 minutes to knit. It was quite tiring...
Close-up of the lace pattern (I usually don't use this shockingly red background, but I felt that it would show the lace more vividly in this case): 蕾絲花樣近照 (平常是不用這個紅色被子當背景的, 太搶鏡頭... 可是蕾絲這樣才看的清楚):
The original pattern did 8 repeats of the body lace pattern. Although my gauge was the same, it seemed a bit small after I finished 8 repeats, so I added one more. One thing I need to improve upon, is the sharp points along the scalloped edges of the shawl. I pulled so hard during blocking, that the corners of the playmats (which I used as my blocking board) were almost off the carpet, the T-pins almost got pulled out of the mats. But they are still not as sharp as I would like them to be. I am guessing if it's because my bind-off was not loose enough? I usually get perfect tension when I bind off, even using the same needles. Thus this time, I used needles that are two sizes larger to do the bind-off. I guess it was not good enough. I could pull out the lace pattern, but just couldn't produce the sharp points. Well, lesson learned. My next lace shawl Kiri will hopefully have better result.
This scarf is quite simple. It's a long strip of a very easy lace, with elastic threads running through the "spines" of the strip. One can adjust the amount of shirring by pulling the elastic threads. I actually finished knitting this scarf and bound off on 2/27/07. I then started threading the elastic through it, and found out that it wasn't quite what I envisioned it to be. Well, the elastic thread is very thin and feels a bit weak for holding the shirring in place (even with 3 strands held together.) Not sure that I wanted to continue on, I put it aside. I know I won't frog it (I might as well toss it out if I am to frog 3 balls worth of mohair.) But, I am not sure that threading through the second bundle of elastics will achieve the effect I want. So it kept sitting in my WIP piles. Until today, finally struck by reality, I decided to just finish it and call it a day.
Yarn: Nashua June (100% microfiber), #NJUN003 Rose - 2 balls (120yd [110m] / 50g) Pattern: Interweave Knits Spring 2007 Staff Project (TKA Project #16) with Lace Substitution Needles: Addi Turbo US size 4 (3.5mm) for ribbing, Addi Turbo US sizes 6 (4mm) and 7 (4.5mm) for lace Size: 13 1/2" high at center back, 22" long from cuff to cuff Start: March 8, 2007 Finish: March 10, 2007
Although I love my baby-blue mohair Reading-In-Bed Shrug, after seeing Annie's and Margaret's shrugs, I decided to make a lighter version of it too so I will actually be able to wear it in the summer time. It's the same pattern. I picked a lighter yarn, and substituted with Traveling Vine lace pattern just to make the 2nd-time-knitting more interesting. I copied Margaret's method of shaping without actually having to increase or decrease stitches, to give it more length in the center back - the ribbing on the sleeves were worked using size 4 needles, then I worked three repeats of the lace pattern using size 6 needles for both ends, and then the center 5 repeats in the back were done in size 7 needles.
Because it's a finer yarn and I used smaller needles, two balls were barely enough for this one. I also purposely made this one a bit smaller, so it's more hugging on the shoulders. I was holding my breath as I worked toward the finish line, hoping I would have enough yarn. I really did not want to buy another ball just to finish it up.
I like the end-result, although I realized a cotton yarn would probably be a better choice here. Regardless, I think this one will get more wear than my mohair shrug.
這件織來還算可以啦, 覺得應該用棉線還是比較好. 不過這件穿的機會絕對比毛海那件多啦!
Addendum 補註 2007/03/21:
Traveling Vine Lace 攀藤蔓蕾絲 (Multiple of 8 sts + 4 ~ 8針目重複+4) Row 1 (RS) 第1段 (正面): K2, *yo, k1-b, yo, ssk, k5; repeat from *, end k2. Row 2: P6, *p2tog tbl, p7; repeat from *, end last repeat p5. Row 3: K2, *yo, k1-b, yo, k2, ssk, k3; repeat from *, end k2. Row 4: P4, *p2tog tbl, p7; repeat from *. Row 5: K2, *k1-b, yo, k4, ssk, k1, yo; repeat from *, end k2. Row 6: P3, *p2tog tbl, p7; repeat from *, end p1. Row 7: K2, *k5, k2tog, yo, k1-b, yo; repeat from *, end k2. Row 8: P5, *p2tog, p7; repeat from *, end last repeat p6. Row 9: K2, *k3, k2tog, k2, yo, k1-b, yo; repeat from *, end k2. Row 10: *P7, p2tog; repeat from *, end p4. Row 11: K2, *yo, k1, k2tog, k4, yo, k1-b; repeat from *, end k2. Row 12: P1, *p7, p2tog; repeat from *, end p3.
k1-b: knit 1 stitch through back loop p2tog tbl: purl 2 stitches together through back loop
Other Project Details:
Gauge 密度 - 20 sts = 4" (10 cm)
CO 65 sts. Follow the original pattern for ribbing, I did 9 rows to get to 1 1/2". Since this lace is even number of stitches, I increased 1 st at the last row of the ribbing of the first sleeve. The total number of stitches for the beginning of the lace is 66 sts. And of course, decreased 1 st at the first row for the second sleeve to return to 65.
I worked 3 garter sts on each side of the lace to prevent curling. In hindsight, it seemed unnecessary since the garter stitched edges just fold in when I wear it anyway. If you don't want to do the garter stitch edge, subtract 6 from the cast-on stitches (65 - 6 = 59 sts). Note that the garter stitch edges are not included in the lace pattern above!
My first attempt on this jacket started back in December, after I finished swatching and finally received the pattern at the end of November. But I only got as far as the hem, which was too wide for some reasons. First of all, I couldn't get the suggested gauge (mine was 20 sts = 4"), so I had to re-calculate everything. And since I liked Clémence's suggestion for the hem, I used a smaller needle to knit the hem. Not sure if it is because the hem needs to be done in stockinette and my gauge swatch was done in half-woven stitches and different needles, it just seemed like it wasn't going to work. With the holidays approaching and other obligations, I put this jacket away.
I finally restarted this jacket last week. I took gauge from the to-be-ripped hem and the gauge from my November swatches, made adjustments, re-calculated, and cast on again. This time it looked promising until I went almost half way through the back, and again realizing that it may be too small! I think it may be okay for a fitted sweater, but it is definitely too small for a flare jacket.
One thing that surprised me was, my gauge now is 21 sts = 4"! Go figure! Could the way I knit change during these months? Somehow I am pulling the yarn tighter now... Anyway. I decided to restart, yet again. But before I rip this out, just want to save some photos for reference...
Thanks to a fellow knitting/crochet blogger for sharing the pattern, I got to make this unique scarf. The pattern is actually quite simple, and easy to memorize. I had actually stopped after I made 31 flower petals (approximately 47"), but it became 54" long after blocking. It is a bit too long now, and it seems to stretch even longer with wear. I probably will rip out 2-3 flower petals, maybe the length will be better.
Wool Bam Boo is very soft, and comfortable around the neck. And it comes in many beautiful colors. But I think it is a bit too thin for this scarf, and maybe a bit too soft. The petals look crushed and flattened. I am thinking to make another one with a chunkier yarn, maybe a bit more wool or merino, with a gauge about 20 sts = 4". This scarf does not need much yarn, I used about 1.5 balls of Wool Bam Boo which is 118 yards per ball (and my scarf is a bit too long.) I think this could be an one-skein project (if I use a more substantial yarn and make it shorter). It's a great way to use up odd balls in your stash.
Last Saturday 2/24 I went to the annual Stitches West 2007, held in Santa Clara Convention Center. This is a knitter's paradise, with lots of classes, fashion show, and hundreds of booths selling yarns and tools. This year there was also the author of Victorian Lace Today on site for book signing. They had an entire booth for the promotion of this book, with lots of beautiful lace scarves and shawls from the book on exhibit. You could even try them on if you want! And seeing all the booths selling yarns and knitting-related products, I felt like a little kid walking into a candy store, I was drooling all over! Photography was prohibited at the show, otherwise I would have taken some. I arrived after 11 am, and didn't leave until almost 5:30 pm (the show closed at 6.) My legs were sore, my wallet was empty, but I came home happy (and a bit guilty) with many new additions to my stash.