Print o’ the Wave Stole
August 20th, 2006 | View Comments
Pattern: Print o’ the Wave stole, from Eunny
Yarn: Rowan Kidsilk Haze, #590, 3 skeins
Needles: 1 set 32″ Addi Turbos, US 4 (3.5mm)
This was my first real lace project, with actual laceweight yarn and an actual picked up edging. It was fun. It was time-consuming. And they ain’t kidding when they say blocking lace is like doing crazy voodoo.
If you’re going to use the Kidsilk Haze to knit this pattern or frankly anything else, be extra-vigilant about mistakes because that stuff? Does. Not. Frog.
Otherwise, it is an absolute joy.
The yarn is so soft, and it has such a lovely halo. And it’s warm too. I suspect that the stole would be warm enough to guard a strappy dress against a crisp fall day.
The design of the stole is gorgeous, and hats off to Eunny for that. If you’re knitting this stole, be sure to check out this Knitter’s Review thread and read Eunny’s pattern corrections and other comments (4th post from the top), as they’re very helpful.
As you can see from the picture, I made some mods to the pattern. I opted to sacrifice the symmetry for easier assembly and just knit the body all in one piece, instead of grafting two pieces together. I also knit one fewer horizontal repeat (I only have three ripples instead of four) and nine fewer vertical repeats. For anyone wanting to do the same thing, here are the numbers I used:
- Cast on 64 stitches.
- Knit 25 pattern repeats, repeating the center 16-stitch panel three times instead of four. This gets you 300 rows total.
- Pick up 200 stitches along each long edge.
I had a bit of trouble with the mitered corners, probably because I can’t follow directions, and things didn’t go quite as planned when I seamed the edging together and I wound up with a big hole in one corner that had to be sewn shut. Other than that, the pattern was completely smooth sailing.
The finished, blocked, stole is 5 feet long by 2 feet wide; the main body is 52in by 16in with a 4in-wide edging. I didn’t measure it before blocking, but I think I gained over a foot vertically and about ten inches horizontally when I blocked it. I really stretched the heck out of that thing, even blocking it a second time to make it the full two feet wide and spread the pattern out even more.
The transformation that occurs during blocking is truly amazing. From the weird, wrinkly lump, to the pitiful, wet lump, to this glorious piece of lace. So awesome.
I’ll probably knit another one some day, since this one was so much fun. Thanks, Eunny!
Other entries about the Print o’ the Wave stole:
- Amazing Lace, Challenge #6
- Amazing Lace, Challenge #4
- Admitting Defeat
- Yarn Lust and Fashion Sense
- Meet Team CogKnition
- A Bit More
- A Bit o’ the Wave