‘Meandering Vines Shawl’ WIP

I’ve begun my next project: the Meandering Vines Shawl by Susanna IC. The pattern is free, but can only be found on Ravelry, the free members only knitting website. (So, go ahead and join! The pattern link can be found here.) This will be a gift for my niece that will soon be married. When my daughter got married, I made her a shawl and thought it would be a wonderful tradition to make each of my nieces a shawl as a wedding gift as well. Now mind you, I’m not the best lace knitter, but I love a challenge, and I thought this would give me the chance to hone those skills. Well, that was then, and this is now!

I started this project five days ago and have already ripped out 50% of it due to a mistake! Ugh! So within the first 24 – row repeat, I have already learned the value of a ‘lifeline’ row, hence the now – present black yarn running through row 24. For my new knitters (last weekend I held a ‘learn to knit party’), if I have to rip out rows to reach a mistake, at least I know the pattern up to row 24 is correct, and the stitches are being held by the ‘lifeline’ yarn. If need be, those 100 stitches can be safely transferred onto a needle, once I’m finished with the ripping! At the end of the next 24 – row repeat, I can either add an additional ‘lifeline’ and have two of them or rip out the previous one and keep the newest one. This technique is demonstrated with a video at knittinghelp.com under “Fixing Mistakes: Using a Lifeline” and illustrated at this website.

The yarn, ‘Lino Chic’ by Elann.com, is 70% linen/30% viscose and it is VERY thin, almost like dental floss! So, I’m doubling the yarn and using a size 9 needle to give it an airy, more open look once it’s blocked. The yarn is very nice, but tricky, as it wants to ‘bounce’ off of the needles if you take your eyes off of it even for a minute! The cable on this set is 24″, so I probably could use at least a 32″ to eliminate this problem. While I love the results so far, this project had a very rocky start, and now it seems that I’m on a roll. Those of you who are expert lace knitters, keep your fingers crossed for me.

Meandering Vines

Meandering Vines

  »   This entry was posted on Saturday, August 22nd, 2009 at 12:41 pm and is filed under Free Patterns, Knit, Wearables. You can follow comments with RSS 2.0 feed.

4 Comments »

Very pretty!!!
I’ve heard of the lifeline row. That would have been great for me when I was knitting. I got so sick and tired of losing my stitches and having to start over.

Comment by Zuleika — August 22, 2009 @ 7:20 pm

Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting on the doggie sweater. It lead me back to your site and I am enjoying it very much. Beautiful, beautiful projects!

Comment by Bev — August 23, 2009 @ 5:25 am

I was just looking at that shawl yesterday. I think I might have to try it in the future. I like the way yours is turning out. Right now, I’m working on 2 shawls, one of which is my own design.

Comment by Andrea — August 28, 2009 @ 9:19 am

Can see the lace patten is knitted so beautifully !! nice yarn too!! good work!

Comment by Annie — September 9, 2009 @ 6:16 pm

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