I tried it out on a little swatch and thought it looked nice. It yields a border that goes well with the visual
weight of the shawl and it wasn’t difficult to do at all.
I think it just freaks people out that it takes awhile. I counted, and you do have to do 10 steps
to bind off only 2 stitches. That’s just
gonna take some time, I don’t care who you are! J
And you’ve already invested all this time (and hopefully some beautiful luxury yarn) into knitting the lace shawl, what’s another day or
(The way they talked on Ravelry, I
expected it to take me a week! LOL)
I really wanted to try it out at least once and see for
myself, so I did. It takes a lot of
yarn, so I did a bit of calculating and knew I had enough, so, <whew!>
I like what the designer, Bev, said: “The bind off is worth it, I promise! My last one was huge, but I broke it down into
pattern blocks: bind off three pattern
blocks, then empty the dishwasher, bind off another three, then fill dishwasher
again, bind off another three, then clean the bathroom … I
finished it within a day and did so much housework. Both activities seemed like a treat, as they
were a break from the other.”
Now, I’m not as fast as she is, it took me longer than a
day -- but I agree with her about
alternating activities. That really
helped. She is one sharp cookie. And a brilliant designer. I can’t wait to knit another one of her
So, I have been busily working on knitting my latest lace
♥ ♥ ♥
I’ve also been fighting an upper respiratory bug, and I got so
very tired of coughing. L There for awhile, I hurt in muscles that I
didn’t even know I had! <whew!>
But I’m so thankful that I am a knitter because, even though
I was sick, I just love that I can still knit and get something done!
(Because some other stuff is just gonna have to wait!)
Anyway, the pattern is called Fragile Heart by Boo Knits,
and is a lovely crescent-shaped shawl. (All
of her patterns are terribly romantic-looking and gorgeous.)
I haven’t ever knitted a crescent-shaped shawl before. And this is my first Boo Knits pattern to
try, and I am already in love with her designs!
It is also a beaded shawl. Yummy!
Now I’ve knitted with beads before (using the tiny crochet hook
as-you-go method), but never in this amount.
So, that’s kinda cool. The beads
will not only sparkle, but they will also add a bit of weight to the
I like that.
When I read the pattern instructions before beginning, it
clearly showed that at certain places you place the bead before you make
the stitch, and at other times it showed you putting it on after you
make the stitch. Well, that seemed kinda
confusing to me, but when I got to that place in the pattern, it totally made
sense and wasn’t an issue at all. Thank
I joined a group on Ravelry that is working on this very
shawl, so it’s been fun to read some of the over 5000 comments (on this
pattern alone!!) and get some tips from fellow knitters.
They talk a lot about the Picot Bind Off at the end, and it’s
not all good, so I don’t know if that will freak me out or what. I saw a photo of someone’s shawl that didn’t
use it, and it looked very pretty, so I guess I have options.
I am working with a beautiful yarn that is 100% baby merino
wool and it is so soft. It’s very
enjoyable to knit with, and even though it’s labeled as lace yarn, it’s not
terribly fine. In fact, for someone like
me who is used to Rowan Kidsilk Haze (practically fuzzy thread!), this yarn
seems almost like sock yarn. So, it has been
a very fun yarn to knit with for a change.
I am already
wondering what an all-lace version of this pattern would look like if it were
knitted with Rowan Kidsilk Haze…!