I completed the knitting on the Rustic Shawl a couple days ago, and yesterday I wove in all the loose tails. This morning I washed it and this afternoon I laid it out to block and dry.
Freshly knit, the top was 66 inches across the top. I was hoping that when it was wet I could stretch it to 62 inches. Well, tra-la-la, I got it to 80 inches!!! I strung the top edge with line-trimmer cord, with loads of excess cord at both ends and just starting stretching it along. I didn’t bother stretching and pinning the bottom edges — it was lying so flat, it didn’t look like it needed additional stretching and pinning. And laying damp wool on carpet, it’s almost like hook-and-loop fasteners — very clingy, which in this case is a good thing. I mostly just finger-pushed into shape.
I am quite pleased with it, and almost tempted to keep it for myself. It will be packed and ready to ship to someone on Saturday, if someone wants to make an outrageous offer — I will, of course, be showing finished pictures on Friday (sunshine pending) with both front and back.
It was ‘designed’ to be a Rustic Shawl – a basic double-down triangle from the top center, in all knit stitch. I started and ended the background (beige) at one end, and then started at the opposite end for the contrast colors, so there really is no formal front and back. It is reversible, with one side showing more color, and the other side showing more beige.
I did run out of beige too soon and had to use the ONLY similar rustic yarn in a brown. And I ran out of the dark green far too soon, and used the last of the light green on the last green row. And there was not even enough yarn to make the third green band as there should have been. Oh well, as I said, I intended it to be rustic, rather primitive, and the sort of utilitarian shawl someone may have knitted up quickly on the prairie or something.
Anyway, it is done. It is such a very simple project, but if anyone really wants to know the specifics of how I sequences the rows, or how I did the SSK bind-off to allow adequate stretchiness around the bottom, let me know and I’ll write it up. 🙂