Saturday, September 15, 2012

7 peaks

I've never added a lace border to a shawl before.
OR, at least not in this way. Usually I knit a triangle and then get to the bottom and switch from garter or stockinette to a lace stitch, knit in lace for a while and then cast off.
This is different.
Using advice from Elizabeth Zimmerman's Knitting Workshop, I selected a pretty lace edging from Barbara Walker's Second Treasury- I picked "Alpine Edging"- and cast on 17 stitches separately from the shawl.

Casting off at the bottom, EZ claims, has a "terrible effect on shawls," and so to avoid a cast off edge I am instead knitting the edging ON to the edge of the shawl. Here is a well-put explanation from page 115 of Knitting Workshop: "At the end of every second row, you will knit the last (straight-edge) stitch together with one of the stitches from the edge of the shawl- and thus nibble away at the un-cast-off stitches until you have traveled around the whole periphery."

The lace pattern I chose has a repeat of 24 rows, and so each repeat eats away 12 shawl stitches. I believe there were 276 stitches at last count, which means I will need 23 repeats total to finish my shawl's edge.

As of right now I have 7.

I think it's taking so long because I need to use a post-it note to keep track of what row I'm on. Also I work on it at lunchtime at work and sometimes I get too distracted by conversation with co-workers to keep up lace knitting. I'm thinking of getting a sheet of metal and some magnets to hold my place on my pattern because the post-it notes continue to lose their stick at the most inopportune time and then I end up spending all my knitting time trying to count stitches and figure out where exactly I am.

Anyways, just a quick update before work. Hope you all are doing well and knitting happily!


  1. This is an interesting idea and it looks like it is working well even if it is a pain trying to remember which stitch you are on! I love the lace pattern you chose and it looks nice with the colors on the body of the shawl! I cannot wait to see what it looks like when it is finished!

  2. I like the idea of knitted on edgings for shawls - my cast off never seems quite right no matter what I try. Love the lace pattern you're using :)


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