Help, KPers! I finished the shawl using dk yarn and size 7 needles. I haven't blocked it yet. I wish it was a little larger. Two questions: after I block it will it be larger? Should I tear it out and try knitting 9 rows instead of the 7 knit rows as the designer says in her instructions? Has anyone done this? Ok, that's three questions.....one more: has anyone figured out how to make it larger by adding another repeat to the ruffled edge and knitting according to original pattern but with 18 added stitches? Hope blocking will enlarge it as that would be the easiest solution?
Help, KPers! I finished the shawl using dk yarn an... (
Do you have a link to the pattern? I know that blocking a shawl will always increase the size, but more so with lace patterns then with stockinette or garter based patterns.
Blocking will certainly open up the lace area and because the rest is garter stitch, you can put some tension on it to open out that as well.
Adding any multiple of 18st will work with the lace pattern, and at a glance, the decreases will work out as well. You can repeat the 4 rows of the lace pattern as many times as you like the look of.
You could use stocking stitch for the body of the shawl instead of garter and you will get a larger shawl using less yarn. Just have 5-6 stitches on each edge in garter or seed stitch to prevent curling.http://www.slatefallspressbooks.com/2012/08/little-house-shawl.html
after researching her yarn it says that it is a DK and you used a DK she also suggested size US6 needles and you used US7. I think you will be just fine!!! block it out and see what you think. If you still want it longer you can knit a ruffled edge to it.. maybe in the same Ole Shale design or something that will compliment it! try using the same pattern and using larger needles.. keep in mind you start with the lace part so the pattern will ripple in the opposite direction.. I don't think it would be majorly noticeable.. :) maybe add a more fuller edge by placing 2 stitches in 1 every so often you would need to do some math there but I would gain half the width for a slightly more ruffle...
Thank you everyone for your input and suggestions. I will block it and see what happens. I do like this shawl and it is an easy pattern to follow.
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