Since I’ve been weaving, I haven’t had a desire to knit anymore. Well, that changed in the last couple of weeks. I saw a shawl knitted from handspun yarn that a spinning friend of mine made recently. It was beautiful. She kindly shared the pattern she used and I began working, using some Merino fiber I had spun on my spindle while traveling.
The colors are many shades of blues and purples with a little green. The pattern looks like diamond-shaped leaves.
I’ve never knitted lace before. I’ve always been a bit intimidated by it, but I’ve never been satisfied with knitting garments that have to fit so a shawl seemed like a good idea.
So I dove in and began knitting. Fortunately, the pattern was one that had the stitches written out, rather than the more modern “chart” form for lace. I was more than halfway through it when I encountered an error that I couldn’t repair.
So I unraveled it and started again, but not before I tried to understand how the pattern worked and where the increasing stitches were and how everything lined up.
When I began the second time, I was able to check myself in several places and fix any errors that I might have made. This made the process much more enjoyable and predictable.
I’m very happy with the result and already have some ideas for future ones with my handspun yarn.