In a fit of post-Nerd Wars ambition, I decided that I would tackle my first official lace shawl project. I looked & looked until I found a pattern that I liked, but that didn’t seem monumentally over-challenging and that would work with the Knit Picks Swish Worsted in Twilight that I already have a bunch of. And I found a pattern that I think fits those criteria nicely.
Leaf & Acorn Lace Shawl*
From what I can gather on Ravelry, there used to be a Leave & Acorn Lace Shawl pattern specifically for worsted weight yarn but it’s been discontinued. Instead the pattern link takes you to another very similar pattern that is for a certain yarn on the pattern provider’s site (as they are also a yarn-seller). The yarn seems to be a much lower weight, as I figured out pretty early on in my first attempt at knitting the pattern.
Yes, I said first attempt.
I’ve been knitting this shawl since September 1st and I’m only on about row 30. (Actually I’m on row 33, but I screwed up – again – and I have to work backwards.)
First I started using only slightly larger needles than were suggested on the pattern – but much smaller than suggested for the yarn weight. The shawl looked more like a small scarf and you couldn’t really differentiate the lace pattern at all. So I ripped back to the beginning and started over.
Then I got to about row 15 and something just went horribly wrong. Stitches were dropped and lost and I don’t even know how to explain how badly messed up it was. So I started over again.
Now I’m on my third attempt and, again, things are just wrong. However, as I said, I’m about 30 rows in…I was nearly 40, so there’s no way I’m starting over again unless I have absolutely no choice. I know that I dropped at least one stitch and I thought I fixed it, but then I counted the # of stitches in my row and I had 4 less than I needed. I worked one row backwards and it was still wrong. So, I went back another row…still wrong. You can guess where this is going.
Now I’m going back to at least row 30 and hoping that I can start moving forward again tonight.
This shawl may mean the end of me.
Well, probably not…but I may have to jump to something simpler for a week just so that I don’t get too annoyed with myself.
*You have to register/sign in to view the pattern, but it’s free to do so and it doesn’t appear you need to buy anything.