Finally finished this grey shawl for my mom — took me a little longer since knitting is more difficult for me these days. It also had one very tedious stretch in the pattern, but the finished result is very pretty, suitable for the purpose for which I intended it — my mom’s comfort.
The pattern is from Interweave Knits Fall 2016, the Edmonia Shawl by Anne Hanson. It’s meant to be assymetrical, and she did a nice job of balancing the unbalanced. The original pattern called for a nubbier yarn in a lighter weight, which would create a very different look, but the pattern is suitable for various types of yarns, and I think worked well with the Plymouth DK Merino Superwash.
(If you read my blog at all, you’ll notice I’ve used that yarn with a couple of other recent projects. It’s very easy to knit with, machine washable and comfortable.)
The pattern is easy, although I found it easy to make mistakes with the second half, where the lace pattern is “yo, ssk” all the way across. Frankly, ripping it out seemed like a great way to create more problems, so I did the best I could to corrrect the mistakes and went forward.
I ended up with more stitches than I was supposed to have, so in the final section I k2tog at even points along the way to correct that error. It worked well enough. This is a shawl that will be used to wrap in at home, so the mistakes were acceptable.
That’s one thing I’ve learned over the years with knitting. You have to assess how much the mistakes are going to bother you. I had one cable-knit sweater in which I miscounted the rows, but the thought of ripping it out was overwhelming to me. I left it, and today I can’t figure out which cable has the error,
Other times I figure the mistake is going to drive me crazy, so I do rip out as much as I need to and re-knit the affected portion. I’ve never regretted doing that.
Anyway, this is a pretty shawl with lots of possibilities, depending on your choice of yarn.