I told you last week, that I'd decided to join in on the June Shawl Knitalong hosted by Crafts from the Cwtch.
I've actually made some good progress. This is mainly due to Tennis from Queens being on the TV. This shawl is excellent for watching sport to. It's all those lovely long rows of garter stitch.
I LOVE how these yarns work together. Here is a close up.
There is such a lovely sheen to the two accent colours that contrasts with the matte finish of the main colour beautifully. All three colours have lovely subtle variegation in them. I adore this project so much.
I haven't done the suggested YO between the border stitches and the main body of the shawl. Some people say this option, whereby you add the YO on one row and drop it on the next, stops the border stitches pulling tightly.
As you can see, picking up the stitches between the border and the main shawl, in order to add an increase stitch, pulls the shawl edges inwards. In my first shawl I followed the pattern instructions and I liked the finished gently curving top edge after blocking, which you can see here.
I like this effect and decided to keep it, despite other people suggesting the change.
The only thing I wish I'd thought about earlier was changing the side that the short rows are placed on. I nearly always wear my shawls with the right hand side wrapping around the front of my body, it's just the natural way for me, probably because I am right handed. This shawl is created so the left edge of the shawl wraps across the front of the body. It sometimes feels lopsided to me. I only thought about making this change this morning, and I think it's a bit late to be pulling rows out. If I ever make this again, I must remember to start the short rows from the other edge of the shawl.
I've been posting a few pictures of my progress on this shawl to Instagram and twitter, using #JSKknitalong. The quality of my photos isn't great as they are just quick snaps using my phone, but some of the other photos are better than mine!
I'm going to add this post to the link on Sarah's update page, so if you are interested in joining in, go and check out the other posts.