Sunset Carousel: the shawl that still isn't done
Well. It's been a week and I'm still knitting away. By my estimates, I still have about 12 hours of knitting! I am doing a different border than the pattern calls for, but after adding a whole new section to the shawl, swapping in a different border doesn't seem all that heinous.
This new border is being knit on perpendicularly to the shawl body.
It's an 8-row pattern that I kind of made up by smashing some other patterns together and tweaking them.
Originally I was just going to use the border from Renewal. But I got about 30 pattern repeats in and realized I was going through yarn too quickly. I would have run out about halfway through the border, unfortunately, so had to change my plans.
I did really like how it looked!
It's a very pretty border, and I want to knit it onto something later. Just didn't have enough yarn this time round.
This is the border I settled on*:
Anyway, as I was unraveling the first border, I had a lot of time to think about the border design. I really liked the triangle-shaped edging on the border of Renewal, and decided to preserve that. I also switched to a YO-bind off instead of the standard cable one, and am happy with that decision.
Since I knew I was short by 40% or so of the yarn, I decided to see if I could come up with a border that used 50% of the stitches that Renewal's border used. Which meant I had about 6 stitches to play with. I settled on a narrow band from The Japanese Knitting Bible, but made it fully stockinette instead of having one row of garter.
I ended up having to also twist a stitch between this narrow band and the triangles from Renewal.
A rough chart:
I think this could be simplified, ie some symbols could be combined with a clearer guideline on if this chart is to be interpreted from RS only or row-by-row...
Some quick math told me I had 931 live stitches on the main body of the shawl. I "bind off" one of those stitches on every other row of the border. So I need to knit 1862 rows to bind off all 931 stitches. 1862 divided by an 8-row pattern means almost 233 pattern repeats. Every 8 rows takes me about 4.5 minutes to knit. Let's say 5 minutes for simplicity of calculations...
5 minutes times 233 pattern repeats = 1,165 minutes = 19.4 hours.
I have currently knit 90/233 pattern repeats. 143 repeats to go! 715 minutes or 11.9 hours of knitting!
My current average over the last three days is about 25 triangles. So that's just about 6 more days of knitting.
I am still enjoying the knitting, at least. Haven't gotten the urge to cast on a new project, though I did order some Turkish spindles that I'm excited about!
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