Sunday, May 11, 2008

Swallowtail Shawl

Swallowtail Shawl

pattern: Swallowtail Shawl by Evelyn A. Clark
yarn: knitpicks shimmer in turquoise splendor
needles: size 5 addi lace needles

What has two thumbs and binds off too tightly? This girl.

Aside from the issues with the scallops, this was a beautiful knit - I plan on doing it again with different yarn and/or smaller needles (the project requires size 4 needles). I will also bind off with my biggest needles or something. Someone please tell me how and why this was so f*ing difficult. The shawl is lovely, it's not the shawl's problem - but I am full of the rage when I look at that unscalloped border.


Angelika said...

Beautiful colors and beautiful shawl, but I'm curious as to why it didn't picot. The one in the magazine picots quite extensively.

dearsweetbriar said...

Because I bind off too tightly, I guess. I can't think of any other reason - and I am notorious for binding off WAY too tightly, so I figured I'd just try again with the next one.

Huan-Hua said...

Very pretty. What BO did you use? There are several that will create a very stretchy edge regardless of how tightly you typically knit-- has a list of a lot of them.
I like the sewn bind-off for shorter lengths, but the yarn is a lot to handle over longer distances like the bottom of a shawl.
My second favorite is:

1. K2sts.
2. Slip the 2 sts from the right hand needle to the left hand needle.
3. K these 2 sts tog. K1.
4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until all sts have been bound off.

dearsweetbriar said...

Thanks for the tips! I'm going to try one of those BOs next time - I do plan on making this again because it's a really beautiful shawl - PLUS quick to knit.