Friday, 11 September 2015

Knitting WIP: Swallowtail Lace Shawl

For those of you that knit, it is likely you will have already heard of the Swallowtail Lace Shawl by Evelyn A Clark which was published in Interweave Knits, Fall 2006. For those that haven't, the pattern is a free download on Evelyn's website and on Ravelry.

I first spotted it in on display at my local yarn shop last December. The lady there advised it only took one skein of Austermann Merion Lace which was kindly gifted to me by my lovely auntie who was visiting at the time. It is so gorgeously soft to touch!

Didn't attempt to start it until April this year. There has been much cussing and hair pulling since then. It would get a few rows in and then realise a mistake and the whole thing got ripped out and started over. And over and over. It wasn't until I discovered life lines that I was able to make any progress.

If you haven't heard of a life line, it is just a scrap piece of yarn which is threaded through all the loops on the knitting needle. If a stitch falls of the needle, the life line will catch the stitch and you just have to pick it back up with the needle. Disaster averted.

Even so, it is still easy to forget a yarn over or some other stitch and end up with the wrong stitch count and have to rip a whole row out. So for my sanity, and nothing at all to do with an apprehension of learning how to nupp, it was put to the side for a few months. I've decided to pick it up again now that the weather is getting cooler. A practical decision. Something has to keep my neck warm.

I've now started on the Lily of the Valley Border and managed to do a nupp (nup? noop?) which wasn't quite as scary as it first appeared. If you can do a knit and a yarn over, you can do a nupp.

The next worry is whether or not I will have enough yarn to finish!


Some more photos below. Please excuse all the cat hairs!

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