Tuesday, 27 August 2013

It all looked so easy when I started…

 

I decided I wanted to create another shawl, using the stash I still had from the Fibreholics samples. 

Simples…

The I decided I was going to chart it – because some of my friends have asked if I could share the pattern with them..

“No Worries” says I, I have been reading patterns from charts and instructions from years – this should be relatively easy using the universal knitting language….

That was really where it went horribly wrong….

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Here is the sample so far… straightforward enough, with a simple leaf panel in the back, with a little leaf repeat echoed in the edging. 

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Here is the first few rows of the pattern, prepared on fairly intuitive EnvisioKnit pattern writing software that I treated myself to last year, when I decided to write up the family patterns (another project in the To Do pile).  The general drift is you keep repeating this, until you end up with enough stitches to cover your back. 

An edging chart is going to find its way onto the page – when I get round to deciding what that should be – I can’t make up my mind whether it should be a flouncy one like my Edwardian Steam Punk Shawl, or a leaf one to carry on the theme. 

So many decisions !!

Instructions

and here is the legend to the chart if you fancy giving it the once over…

But that proved to be problematic as well.  What on earth was CDI? please don’t all shout at once.  After about an hour of googling I eventually found out it was centre double increase – duh why didn’t I think of that !… all I could think of it was something to do with a decrease, and that didn’t make sense…

There has got to be an easier way of charting something which changes shape, such as lace – because the increases and decreases really don’t fit into the rigid structures of charts made out of squares – and there is - Stitch Maps by JC Briars – unfortunately though, to do what I want to achieve, it will involve a membership and I can’t really justify that to share with friends at the moment.  Pennies are tight…

An invitation here - If any of my knitting friends can spot glaring errors here, or have an idea about how I really should have notated the segment with the “lost stitches” (shaded in grey) – please feel free to share with me… 

No suggestion is a wasted one, I really am struggling with something which I suspect is glaringly obvious to the more chart savvy ones of you…

In the meantime, off to try to work out the wraps per inch of the handspun wool, so I can suggest a suitable alternative for my non-spinning mates who are tempted to go stash diving… and wondering where my knitting time went this morning !!

On the other hand - might go and lie down outside in the sun…

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