It takes "only" one ball of yarn and lots of knitting for me to realize I'm using a too-small needle and the fabric is too dense. It's the Diamond Lace Wrap from One+One, by Iris Schreier. Fabulous designer, really incredible works by Ms. Schreier and others in this volume. I'm linking to Knitpicks, because that's where I got the book. One+One. You will wanna add it to your library and add all the items to your project to-do list.
|One + One showcases Artyarns products, all elegant and wonderful.|
But -- they're pricey, I won't lie to you. So I found a substitute
Classic Silk, from Classic Elite Yarns. Beautiful heathery
colors with a touch of lavender.
|Diamond Lace Wrap from One + One|
Oooops! Gauge not even close. I think I'd have to up-size to a US#10 but I'm working on a US#9 now and the resulting fabric is much much nicer. I haven't frogged the first work. Hoping the pictures below with the ruler will show a bit of the difference.
Pattern was an initial challenge. If you can see the individual leaves in the shawl, each one is knit completely before proceeding to the next -- and on across the 'row.' This means lots and lots of turning the work. As more of the shawl develops, of course there's more fabric to turn. I've managed by now to accomplish two things that make this project more fun --
- Memorized the pattern for each leaf -- it's lace on the rs and reminds me of sock heel short rows on both right and wrong side.
- Discovered how to keep the yarn in my hands so I'm not dropping it and re-setting at each turn. The first turn uses only 3 stitches with subsequent turns advancing to 11 stitches. Five turns for each leaf, so this 'holding onto the yarn' is a big advantage to gain a modicum of speed.
Truly, even the purchase of this book was a happy mistake. I was in book-buying mode and do not remember why I chose this one. But -- oooooh -- am I ecstatic to be the owner of this volume of gorgeous designs for scarves, shawls, & shrugs.
So I made a big big gauge swatch -- that's the way I'm looking at it. And I learned a new pattern. Both of these 'mistakes' will mean that the real deal shawl will move along easily and be more delightful as a finished silk shawl with lovely hand.
Make a mistake today!