I am very excited about this week's FO. To be honest, I am more than a little amazed that I got it done.
Pattern: Imogen Cowl by Carrie Bostick Hoge
This pattern is very well written. The lace is both charted and written although I used only the chart. The lace is worked on both sides but the pattern has certain points that always line up with the previous row. This means, that as long as you are paying attention, you really can't go wrong for more than 10 or so stitches before realizing that something is askew. I never had to frog back because of an error during this entire project. Honestly, if you knew me and my knitting, you would know this pattern must be something special, because that is amazing.
The only oddity I have to comment on is that there is one unusual stitch used, marked as p2tog-b which I took to mean "purl 2 together through the back loops" which is a bit of a twisty feat. The odd part is that despite having a list of abbreviations (such as k stands for knit), this stitch is not identified. I had to hit google to figure out how to do it, but maybe that's just me.
I made two minor modifications. The first was that I used a provisional cast-on that uses the cable of a circular needle. It means I didn't have to ever pick up the live stitches of my cast on. I know I will use this cast on over and over again. I also joined the cowl using kitchener stitch instead of the 3-needle bind off that the pattern suggests. I knit 15 repeats for finished length just over 51 inches.
by Tanis Fiber Arts
75% merino/15% cashmere/10% silk
I used 1.07 skeins to knit 15 lace pattern repeats
I wanted to use something very special to make this cowl as it is a 60th birthday gift for my mum. This yarn absolutely fit the bill. The colours are gorgeous and the yarn is as soft and light as a rainbow. The yarn comes in generous 115g skeins. It was lovely to knit with. I know I probably shouldn't have used a multicoloured yarn with such a complex lace pattern but I am thrilled with the result.
Tools & Finishing
Needles: 3.75mm Knit Picks Nickel interchangeable circ
Lace blocking wires
pins pins pins
I wish I had taken a shot before I blocked it. As with most lace, the transformation was awesome. I blocked the cowl flat, still on the needles before I joined it in the middle.
In all, it took 10 days to knit this gift from start to finish. I knit 16 repeats of the lace (before deciding it was too big and ripping back to 15). At 74 stitches per row and 24 rows per repeat, I knit 28,416 stitches. In 10 days!
I really wanted to make my mum something special for her birthday. I couriered it off to my dad on Wednesday before my parents left on a birthday trip to Palm Springs. My mum will get it on Monday. My mum means so much to me and I know how lucky I am to have her. I hope she can feel the love in every stitch.
|As usual, special thanks to Lisa - my photographer extraordinaire!|