Sunday, March 23, 2008
I have just finished a great baby blanket. It's round. The outside edge is worked first, then the center. It's that outside edge I'm intrigued with. It's several lace panels in a row, and the coolest one is a lace mesh which is cabled every 11th row. It looks the same on both sides, like cabled lace or cabled faggotting. It's awesome. The short rows are hidden in the 24-row lace panels on rows 2, 8, 12, & 18. The pattern came from a customer who came in with an early 70's book which was American but appeared to have strong British influence. Of course back then there were no designers listed. She thought (because of the short rows) that there was a mistake in the pattern. As I swatched it to check, I fell in love with the intriguing shaping. After making the blanket, I've started using elements of that design for the wide lower edge of what will become a hood-type thing. But what I'm having trouble with is charting the crazy thing! Those short rows are killing me! And what the heck is the symbol for wrap & turn? And just turn, no wrap? I thought I could chart anything but this one has me stumped. The yarn I used for the baby blanket (picture to come tomorrow) was an old stash cone of machine-wash wool from Brazil (Crystal Palace circa 1997). What I'm using for the hood is the incredibly luscious Homage to the New World half-bison, half-alpaca from Judith Mackenzie. Fantastic yarn.