[knitting] Kiri

I finally got around to blocking my Kiri Shawl for the Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival. If you perform a Google Image Search on the words "blocked shawl" (or any variations on those words), you'll see most have pointy, sharp edges. This is a look I don't find particularly pleasing. It seems so sharp and abrasive. I consider shawls (and most knitting) to be something to cuddle and snuggle into- not take your eye out.

But that's just me. Everyone's different.

Anyway, I wanted to block my shawl to have a nice, rounded, scalloped edge. Here it is with the left side pin-scalloped and the right side pin-pointed:

Here are two close-ups (scalloped vs. pointed):


How did I do it? Well, first I pinned the more solidly knit parts to the edge, as opposed to the yarn over areas. I would poke in the pin about 3/8 inch in from the shawl cast off edge and then poke it back out at the edge, then pin to the mattress:



Secure to mattress

Voila. Here you see two points on the left needing to be re-pinned and two on the right showing off a nice scalloped edge:

And all blocked:

So all the pattern specs (which I don't think I've ever actually typed out for anything) are:

Pattern: Kiri
Yarn: Alpaca Light in Teal (almost 4 balls), by A Touch of Twist (I love this yarn.)
Needles: Clover Bamboo, Size US 4

Some blocking notes: I did end up using a little bit of the Yarn Harlot's Walk Around the Block method. I strung some string through the top straight edge. The rest I just pinned and adjusted and re-pinned to the point of "Ah, fuck it. It's good enough."

Also, I think this pattern's tendancy IS to have the yarnover wedges pinned. The scallops, which were nice at first, have eased back somewhat into the shawl, creating a straighter (less scalloped!) edge. Which still isn't as bad as the scary "you'll poke your eyes out" points.


Shelby said...

velly purty. Scalloped edges all the way, man. I'd love to try knitting a shawl, but lace still isn't quite working for me I'm doing the ski-caps-in-chunky-weight-woolease thing until I can work up the cajones to try lace again.

amy said...

My first lace project was a scarf- and not with scary lace-weight yarn on size 1 needles. It was a blue scarf with a merino yarn and mohair yarn held together, on size 7 needles I think.

Folk Shawls is full of shawls knit on size 7 needles with dk wool or worsted weight. Granted you'll need 1200 yards for some of them, I don't think it would be as tedious or eye-straining as some other COUGHgathering-of-laceCOUGH shawls.