…or Ask Me How I Know
Since the Marrowstone Shawl Summer Knit A Long with Miss Babs Yarns is starting on June 1st, I thought I would share a few helpful hints on the pattern. File these under “Ask Me How I Know.” Even though I designed the pattern, it doesn’t mean I escape the pitfalls of operator error.
1. Cast on loosely. Marrowstone needs to be blocked to open up the lace. If the cast on edge, although untraditional, is too tight, the shape of the shawl will be affected.
2. As the instructions state, slip the first stitch of every row with the yarn in front. Then, bring the yarn between the first stitch on the right needle and next stitch on the left needle to begin the next knit stitch. This will create a nice edge with enough give for the blocking process. Also, it creates a beautiful finished edge.
3. On the edging, remember to knit the last 2 stitches on the wrong side rows. If you accidentally purl the entire row and don’t catch yourself, you will end up with a problem come time to pick up the stitches for the body of the shawl. The straight edge created will show on the front of the shawl as a design element of the shawl. (This is the part where I reknit nearly all of the edging repeats.)
4. The edging becomes easy to read. Learn to read your knitting after a few repeats without relying on the pattern. You can do it.
5. If you are tired, put it down for the night. That’s where my knitting mistakes ALL happened!
The yarn I chose is Miss Babs “Yummy” 2 ply in the color Light Clematis. I am really excited for the Knit A Long!
Won’t you join us?