Maybe I've led a sheltered life, but the most projects any of my designs on Ravelry have ever managed to rack up is about fifty and that was for Stomp, a fairisle and cable dress in Vogue Knitting a couple of years ago. Even with Ravelry's very reasonable pattern prices, Veera's staggering 7500 sales must have netted virtually a year's salary for her! Got me to thinking it's a lot easier and more profitable than conceiving, designing, pattern writing and proofing 30+ projects, as I've just done for my next book. So where am I going wrong?
|Stomp from VK Fall 2010|
I plumped for the fingering version (other version is lace) as I had some lovely gold Madeline Tosh merino and a skein each of Araucania Ranco in turquoise and deep aubergine. So... yarn sorted I decided to cast on. I hadn't read through the pattern (very naughty), so little did I realise that the 5 sts you cast on, speedily and exponentially become many many more stitches, till eventually you're knitting across rows of 400+ sts!!!
Thoughts of will I ever finish this and will it become just another UFO certainly crossed my mind as I continued in every odd spare moment with row after row of garter. Then we decided to have a few days away from it all at our home in Mid-Wales and I had the chance to really get cracking on it.
|Ready to start the gold border! Colours are pretty accurate,|
the alarming-looking red tea is cranberry and apple :)
So at the moment after nearly a week in Wales, I'm about to start the final border which will be in gold. I found the knit relaxing up to the short rows as I love garter for its easy rhythm and I also get a buzz from seeing how the stripes develop, especially using hand dyed yarns which tend to give extra flashes of organic striping. I find the garter stitch rhythm relaxing - you can get up quite a speed across the long rows.
I'm not a tight knitter, but I soon found that the increases along the top of the shawl were tending to pucker. I googled this problem and sure enough there was a great tip to combat this - just put a yarn over between the first and second stitches and drop it on the way back. Bingo, that one solved!
Another problem was preventing the balls from tangling as I knit the short rows. This one seems to be a little more difficult to solve, but not impossible if you keep them separate and reassess every two rows.
I only have my set of Addi Clicks with me and I've been using the longest cord which must be about 30in, but I would have preferred an even longer one. Maybe then, it would have been easier to prevent the yarn from tangling?
| Love this pic of the kitties. After a heavy day mousing, |
Arlo's determined to cosy up, Django's not too sure
1 It's in garter stitch
2 The 2-row stripes add interest as you knit
3 The short-row shaping isn't difficult to do, with no wraps to pick up
4 Seeing the asymmetric shape develop maintains interest
5 There are four distinct stages of the pattern, giving a feeling of satisfaction when one is completed, plus anticipation of starting the next
6 The pattern is well-written and accurate
7 Virtually no finishing
8 Knitters like asymmetric shawls
If any of you have your own tips, please let me know. I'll post more pics when mine is finally done.
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