Monday, March 18, 2013

The Janus Shawl

I love this shawl (JANUS shawl)....really, really love it.  So much so that I wanted it in exactly the colors that are in the shop sample, which isn't this one:

The shop sample is in these colors:

It looks like tortoise shell when it is all worked up.  There was a rumor that the shop didn't have any of the color used in the sample and I despaired.  But suddenly, there they were, lots and lots of skeins of the correct color.  Whew.

It is easy to make, or at least it would be if I didn't make so many mistakes. There is a term "trigger happy" and I realize that what I am is "yarn-over happy." Yarn-overs between a knit stitch and a knit stitch, a knit stitch and a purl stitch, a purl stitch and a purl stitch, and purl stitch and a knit stitch are done differently. And each of the three pattern rows has different yarn-overs and I go a little nutty and just throw in extra loops of yarn hither and yon.  An extra yarn-over means an extra hole and an extra stitch which just does not work in lace....throws the whole pattern off.  Toss in a few ssk's and what I have is a mess to sort out.  I am getting good at sorting out.

And yes, if you have noticed that there is what looks like crochet in this shawl, you are right.  Do I know how to crochet?  Why, not really, thanks for asking.  

But my knit/crochet friend, Lucille, promises to help me with this; she is making the same pattern and is a bit ahead of me.  The pattern is charted and it looks like gibberish to me but thank the baby cheeses, not to her.

(Hi Lucille!!!!)

1 comment:

Susan said...

I so admire your skills! It will be yet another lovely piece of work.