I got into a gradient groove and pulled out my “Xenon” colorway of Freia Ombre Lace, which I loved when I knitted the Dew Drops Shawl a couple of years ago.
The idea I had was to use the construction of my Lunar Eclipse shawl to make a laceweight version, and with this yardage, I would have a larger product and more options to develop a wider edging. But this yarn does not want to be a garter stitch crescent shawl.
It turns out that the method I used for increasing, which doesn’t include adding any give at the ends of the rows, works in a heavier weight smaller shawl to create that crescent shape. But when I tried to add a number of additional rows, given this yarn is three times the length (or more) of previous versions, the inner curve becomes too circular.
Maybe this is an interesting design element to explore, but it wasn’t working for me, so I frogged the shawl. I think I have frogged it three times so far.
So I switched to a traditional triangular shawl construction that I plan to knit in stockinette with a lace edging. When I worked the Dew Drops Shawl, I had no problems with the final result, having used the prescribed method* for adding yarn give on the edge so there isn’t unnecessary pull fighting with the shape when blocking.
This time around, though, the result seems to be extra loose and loopy.
This needle is a size up from the one I used before, but the result should still be proportional. Over the weekend, I pulled my needle out of this false start, but then I reconsidered, picked up the stitches again, and for now I am plugging along.
What will this shawl’s fate be? Uncertain so far. I’d like to add my own lace edging and pop out another pattern.
*The secret is using a yarnover at the beginning of every row, then dropping it before working the remaining stitches.
What is your go-to shawl construction?