Way back on Nov 9 I showed the beginnings of a project — the Virus shawl, available on Ravelry here.
I finished it last Wednesday….. just over 50 inches across the top. That little blip of yarn is all that remains, after adding a row of double-crochet to stabilize the top.
The pattern itself is simple enough, and could be interpreted in a laceweight or a worsted, depending on what you like. My intention, however, wasn’t for the pattern but for the holes. I needed a quick-and-easy pattern with easy-to-find holes. I needed the holes to bind it up for tie-dyeing. I wove my tie cord in and up (up and down) through the outer row of holes, pulled it tight as I could, while simultaneously pulling the center-top point of the shawl away in the opposite direction. This created easy-to-find pleats, theoretically radiating from the center-top point out to the border. Then, it was easier to gently bind the rest of it into my normal dyeing pouch.
It didn’t quite work out as I’d planned, but it was sometime I felt compelled to try. It was what we in the industry call ABLE — “another blasted learning experience”. 😀