I started Lacecap from Knitty on the 8th. It’s a pattern for a lace skull cap, which I’m knitting for my best friend, Mandy. I bought the yarn for it last summer, I think…I meant to start it before but didn’t for whatever reason. I’m knitting it in Hemp for Knitting by Lanaknits in fingering weight. The color is called 012 Classic, which is gray.

The yarn is kind of stiff at first so I put it into hanks, then washed it by hand and hung to dry. This color looks green when it’s wet. I was using double point needles, but the stitches kept falling off and driving me nuts. At one point, I was putting stitches back on that had fallen off one side of the cap and more fell off the other side at the same time! So, yeah… a circular needle was definitely in order. I got to buy my second set of Addi’s as that was all the store had.

Lily of the Valley

This is a lace cuff I made for little sis Christen’s birthday. It is made of black Coton Perle DMC thread with iridescent glass seed beads and mother of pearl buttons.

Pattern: Perdita, from Knitty in the Lily of the Valley style.

Old Shale Shawl

My shawl, in progress. I made the stitch marker, too. :)

Yep, I do love it!

Progress seems slow on my mock Shoalwater rectangular shawl. I have been knitting a few rows just every other day or so. It now measures 6.5 in. tall and I was careful to measure it unstretched, as the shawl is very stretchy right now. I figure it will be less stretchy once it is done and blocked. It should be about 60 inches wide blocked out.

I noticed a few mistakes several rows back last night. I have been knitting in our fairly dark living room a lot and in the dark I must have overlooked that I was putting YOs in the decrease columns. Woops. It would be a glaring error in the finished work as I did this twice, right next to each other. I tinked 2.5 rows and I still have 3 or so to go till I’m back to the mistake. Too bad I stopped doing lifelines. I don’t think I will start again though, as the project is simple enough that I don’t think I will have many more mess ups. (crossing fingers) I turned the lamp on a brighter setting last night. I guess my laziness to turn on some lights is no excuse for knitting mistakes. I have a knitting lamp somewhere, too. I think it’s that the dark is easier on my eyes overall.

I realized last night that my shawl needs a name of its own. Sure, I’m imitating a well-known and gorgeous shawl and using a lesser-known scarf pattern for the stitch pattern, but I think my shawl needs its own name, don’t you?

Lauren asked how to make a rectangular shawl like the Shoalwater Shawl. It’s a matter of math. You can use these instructions to make a rectangular or square shawl with any stitch.

I read on the Shoalwater pattern that the stitch used was Old Shale Lace, so I found that stitch on the Internet. There are a lot of variations you could do of it, but I used this scarf pattern as a basis for my shawl. I made a few gauge swatches and blocked them out till I got a gauge I thought looked right. I figured I want a shawl that is about 63 inches wide. (Figure how wide you want your shawl by using a tape measure and spreading out your arms.) My blocked and approved gauge swatch was 4 inches wide, and I knew I could repeat the swatch stitches all the way across, so I used a shawl width that would be divisible by the number 4. (60)

60 inches wide/4 inch gauge swatch=15 repeats of the gauge swatch

24 stitches in the gauge swatch x 15 repeats=360 stitches across

So I knew I could cast on 360 stitches, knit what I had done in the gauge swatch 15 times and get a shawl that would be 60 inches wide. The plan is to knit it till it is a height I like, too.

(Also note that if you use the pattern I linked, instead of alternating between YO, K1 and K1, YO, I always put my YO first (YO, K1.) It looks the same and you don’t have to remember to alternate.

I hope that makes sense…let me know if it doesn’t.

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