my first kAL! and my second leaves of grass. i loved this pattern and after making the first in a worsted weight, promised myself i would make another in the wool this calls for, brooklyn tweeds loft, a beautiful fingering weight.
i wrote about this before, but it’s worth repeating, this is an easy knit, it’s very basic lace knitting. the charts are clear (easy enough for a beginner) and jared directions are excellent, you’ll feel your hand is held all the way through.
some notes and tips that helped in making this pi shawl:
~ print out the pattern and use either a magnetic board or repositionable tape (pattern in a cellophane sleeve).
~ i use a clicker counter too, as a backup.
~use markers to separate each repeat, designating the beginning. i like the squishy soft ones by clover and then a novelty one for the row start.
~ use lifelines. the knitpicks helpful needle will not work for this since it will thread through all the markers (unless you choose to use removables). instead, choose a resting row (a row where there is plain knitting). thread a tapestry needle and carefully draw a lenght of contrasting waste yarn through the stitches on the needle (right below the cable, and leaving out the markers as you come to them). be SURE to leave enough contrasting yarn that it won’t pull through when you begin to knit.
and be sure to mark on your pattern where you’ve placed your lifeline, in case, heaven forbid, you have to go back…
~ charts a b and c have end of round movable markers, clearly described in the pattern, don’t forget to move these at the end of the row.
~charts a b c and d are knitted in the round. only chart e, the knitted on edge is knit back and forth.
~ when beginning chart e, if you are using interchangable needles, remove the tip from the right needle (the provisional stitchs will be on your left). either replace the right needle tip with another size tip or a connector - this is only to hold the stitchs while you work the live stitches with the left needle and either a dpn or the needle you removed and place on a short cable. i hope this makes sense. it is much easier working the back and forth on the left needle and a short dpn.
~ when blocking, it’s helpful to pin a flexible measuring tape in the center of the shawl and gently pulling each point to 27” per jareds schematic, going around the circle.
thank you jared for a lovely pattern (so well written!) and truly beautiful wool. LOVE loft and i love my leaves of grass. :)