Swallowtail Shawl Knitalong

Sunday June 26, 2016

...it is now

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Friday June 24, 2016

On the way....

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Sunday June 19, 2016

Lily of the Valley

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I finished the central lace chart and moved on to the Lily of the Valley border.
I felt I got on a bit better with the border charts. In the first part you increase hugely so it seems more and more of a chore. However by the time you have 200 odd stitches on the needles you are working "one row at a time" and the charts are only about 10 rows long so it was easier for me to adjust to that mentally.

The nupps are quite easy to make on the increase row but I did find decreasing them (purl 5 together) a bit harder - its very easy to accidentally purl 6 together, as the 6th stitch is a yarn over and longs to stay in the nupp. It's also harder working with black yarn. Throughout I never stopped counting the stitches between the nupps.

Overall this is progressing faster than I imagined it would. [But it's not all over yet...]

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Wednesday May 25, 2016

Cast on swallowtail......

.... which is harder than it sounded when we agreed to do it.

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I focussed heavily on this (while watching news from the Chelsea Flower Show) but the stitches kept slipping off the needles and generally misbehaving - so the first 6 rows took hours, and then the next 6 in chart 2 were a bit quicker. Each repeat will get slower as the stitch count increases.

Note: have downloaded a stitch counting app for my phone - it seems designed for lace repeats, and now says "row 6 of repeat 1".

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Tuesday May 24, 2016

Cast on and set up

I have cast on!
I knitted the setup pattern about 5 times. Now I'm going to bed before I make any more mistakes.

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