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Archive for November 15th, 2013

shetland lace swatch 1

For the nonce, I’ve ended this swatch. Though I’ve left the top live stitches on a thread holder just in case. I also have the stitches from the knitted cast on at the bottom that I could pick up if I wanted to add on. I can even pick up stitches at either side, too. The edging I experimented with is a pick up add on.

shetland lace swatch bottom

I am not enamored with the edging itself or the way it looks when picked up along a side border. The Brand Iron edging should start nearer the middle of the border and not at the corner. It would look better that way. But at that point I was almost certain I would not be working the shawl / blanket from the center out as planned. So there was little need to see what I had to do to fit the edging around the corner.

The fact is I am not in love with much in the swatch except for the cat’s paw motif near the top bordered by two different break patterns.

shetland lace top

While I like two of the diamond shapes of what was to be the border, I am not happy with the others. I want to add a tree of life pattern into the border and keep the two diamond patterns I like. Adding the tree of life changes pretty much everything. It’s a directional pattern, meaning it has a distinct top and bottom. It would be upside down if I worked the shawl from the center out. Thus, I had to change my construction process to borders in, meaning the edging is knitted first, then the border and then the center.

The swatching is on hold, for the most part while I work out what motifs to put with the tree of life and the two diamonds and figure out an edging.

As always, my assistant, Yarn Rascal, is close at hand and ready to destroy help.

yarn rascal lace

Close inspection of knitted work is a must, in his profession. The closer the better.

yarn rascal shetland lace swatch

Have a good weekend everyone.

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