First there was the Mysterious Crochet Blanket.
Then there was the Big Red Doily.
I won the pattern in a giveaway on Heather's Knitting Go Podcast.
This is the Old World Shawl or Blanket by Abigail Phelps, from her Hiraed Casgliad collection.
I was very excited but rather overwhelmed by the prospect of knitting a laceweight gradient-dyed shawl in this pattern. It would be beautiful, but I didn't think I would actually wear it. What a waste of all that work!
I can't quite remember what tipped me over into the decision to knit the Old World blanket.
Partway through, I realised I needed a lot more than two skeins, and bought another three.
In the end it took three full 250g skeins plus 110g of the fourth (860g total).
(So I still have 390g left in the stash to play with - woo hoo!)
|This is not Little Red Riding Hood|
It is a really straightforward pattern, in the sense that the leafy lace flows steadily across the diameter in a logical way. However, I went wrong at the top of the second chart on page 4 of the pattern. Noticing that the final ten rows were labelled with two set of numbers, I assumed this meant you worked them twice. Wrong!
As each row was taking me about an hour to work by this stage, the prospect of unravelling ten rows did not appeal.
I PM'ed the designer on Ravelry and she confirmed my fears. She suggested working the additional unlabelled chart before the border (another ten rows), or else realigning my lace by moving the stitch marker. I thought I would go for option two.
However, it wasn't right. It just didn't sync up properly.
|Modified garter lace border|
And it worked!
|Impossible to photograph indoors!|
Now, where's that Kex blanket I was knitting...?