Monday, June 12, 2006
Icarus shawl, blocking
I think it's going to swallow up my vertically challenged self, but I'm glad I knit all the repeats. The proportion of stockinette to lace is perfect, and well balanced to my eye. I really enjoyed knitting the lace portion - as Kate mentioned, just as you think you have the pattern figured out it changes - but that made it fun and interesting. Watching the pattern emerge was a delight.
The one thing I didn't like was binding off. Ugh. I have done the k2, slip back and k2tog thing and like that bindoff - but I absolutely hated doing it purlwise. I hate binding off purlwise at the best of times, but this felt extra-tortuous. Honestly, I think I would take the slight detraction in appearance by binding off knitwise, if I had the choice again.
Also, I think that if I did this again, I would make the little garter stitch strip at the top. I find it disconcerting to have it start off with YO's, and it looks a bit fragile to me. So, I'd probably try a puny little 2 stitch strip and pick up 1 garter ridge stitch to give myself the 5 stitches to start off next time. Or something.
Otherwise, I enjoyed this shawl very very much. It had just the right balance of relaxed, "easy" sections and "thinky" sections. Kudos to Miriam for a terrific pattern!
Posted by Sophie_vf at 1:55 PM