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Jun 26, 2017 11:40:17   #
trish2222
 
I knitted this for my friend and she's pleased with it. I'm so glad because although it's a quick easy knit I did have a problem with it.

It's a free pattern
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/waves-of-happiness

Never having done a crescent shawl before, nor a shawl with a solid body, I didn't realise as I was knitting it that it would be far too small. The pattern requires 4 ply/fingering and I used Tosh Merino Light (shade Cousteau) which was the correct weight. I also used the needles specified - 3.25mm.

The first attempt was ripped out and the next attempt was done on 3.75mm needles. I still couldn't get the dimensions but noticed the edging seemed the right size. A couple of friends suggested doing only the body again and also going up another needle size. I went up 2 needle sizes to 4.5mm and finally it seemed more in proportion. I cast off using 5.5mm needles. However, in order to fully spread out the lace edging, I had to lose the wedges shown in the pattern and mine is a full crescent. I prefer the look of that anyway!

I won't do this pattern again although the end result is fine. A KP friend saw the pattern I was doing and she knitted one too and, you've guessed it, it's too small. Her opinion is, and I think she's right, that there aren't enough stitches picked up from the edging to do the body. There are another 4 people on Ravelry who've done this shawl but they didn't do project notes so I've no idea how they got on.

If I'd paid for this pattern I'd have been spitting nails and the blocking wouldn't have been the only aggressive thing about it.




A bit blurry sorry
A bit blurry sorry...


 
Jun 26, 2017 11:41:56   #
Shauna0320 (a regular here)
 
Very nice and your choice of yarn/colour is beautiful.
Jun 26, 2017 11:42:34   #
gloriam (a regular here)
 
Very, very pretty. I love the yarn you chose.
Jun 26, 2017 11:47:23   #
thomsonact
 
Well, it's beautiful! You were clever to work out what to do!
Jun 26, 2017 12:09:45   #
samdog13
 
Don't you hate it when the pattern pictures don't really show what you are getting in the end? This really would have been a scarf if you had knitted it per the pattern instructions. No wonder you were frustrated, but you cleverly worked out a method to solve your dilemma. Nice finished product and lovely colors.
Jun 26, 2017 12:14:37   #
Toddytoo
 
Good for you to figure out what the problem was - to make the corrections - and now you can enjoy your hard work. Lovely color and shawl.
 
Jun 26, 2017 12:17:26   #
Tofino5
 
In defense of the pattern writer, she states clearly on the pattern that the finished size is "52" x 11", Blocked".
I would have seen that and not knitted it, that's too small!
Your shawl is beautiful though, and I love the yarn.
Jun 26, 2017 12:18:14   #
Sealcookie (a regular here)
 
Good job, I love an easy knit every now and then.
Jun 26, 2017 12:28:16   #
trish2222
 
thomsonact wrote:
Well, it's beautiful! You were clever to work out what to do!


Thank you for the compliment. I can't take the credit for the modifications. I had help and opinions from kponsw on KP and a couple of Ravelry members!
Jun 26, 2017 12:30:14   #
trish2222
 
Tofino5 wrote:
In defense of the pattern writer, she states clearly on the pattern that the finished size is "52" x 11", Blocked".
I would have seen that and not knitted it, that's too small!
Your shawl is beautiful though, and I love the yarn.


That's the dimensions I achieved eventually and mine is deeper than that. My friend wanted a small shawl. I don't know how the designer managed to block hers to that size. Someone suggested she might be a very loose knitter.

Thanks for the compliment - I do like the look of it.
Jun 26, 2017 12:31:55   #
trish2222
 
Sealcookie wrote:
Good job, I love an easy knit every now and then.


Thank you. Having seen and admired your work I don't think you choose easy knits too often.
 
Jun 26, 2017 12:39:17   #
kimmyz
 
I really love this style/shape. Works well around the neck.
Jun 26, 2017 13:07:19   #
kponsw (a regular here)
 
Despite the frustration from the pattern, you wound up with an attractive shawl! Your work is always so lovely.
Jun 26, 2017 14:01:00   #
TexasPurl
 
Very pretty!
Jun 26, 2017 14:37:39   #
Naneast
 
Lovely shawl.
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