Triangular Shawl?

davidjames181's picture

Hi Guys,

I just finished knitting a triangular lace shawl pattern with bulky yarn to give me mom as gift (picture to follow). As I was blocking it tonight (argh, my blocking wires haven't arrived yet due to the mail back log in Canada) I noticed it isn't symmetrical.. One side sticks out about an extra 8 inches from the middle... I mean it doesn't show when worn but I'm wondering if this is common among triangular shawls? I mean the pattern had me adding evenly to each side and had i messed it up it would show in the pattern repeats... so what gives?

Has anyone else had this happen to them?

David

Comments

The tension on the selvage /

The tension on the selvage / border stitch makes a big difference for me on flat triangular objects, even though I purl and knit with pretty uniform tension and always start the row with slip one stitch. I have to pay careful attention to this when working anything flat. Your issue may be partially due to this, independant of the lacy pattern stitch. I think that this is one reason that in her blog "med pinner", one prolific Norwegian knitter "pinneguri" knits her triangular shawls in the round with a steek.

MMario's picture

Just a bit of difference in

Just a bit of difference in the blocking of the two side, I'm sure.

That's the beaty of blocking - it can even out SO much....

(there are a few other technical reasons why this could occur - but without seeing the actual pattern I won't expound as it would all be conjecture - but they are stuctural reasons, not "ERROR" reasons)

MMario

davidjames181's picture

Good point. This is the

Good point. This is the pattern i used.

PATTERN: See diagram M.1. Diagram shows the pattern from RS. First row = RS.
--------------------------------------------------------
--------------------------------------------------------

SHAWL:
Worked from the bottom towards the top. Cast on 10 sts on needle size 12 mm / US 17 with Vienna and continue as follows - see diagram M.1:

Row 1 (= RS): * P4, pass the first of these 4 sts over the last 3, pass the second over the last 2, pass the third over the last st (= 1 st), in next st work K1, 1 YO, K1 in front loop of st, K1 in back loop *, repeat from *-*.

Row 2: (= from WS): K all sts.

Row 3 (= RS): Pick up first st from 2 rows below (now start pattern BUT knit this picked up st tog with the first st on the left needle in the first pattern repeat): * K1, 1 YO, K1 in front loop of st, K1 in back loop, P4, pass the first of these 4 sts over the last 3, pass the second over the last 2, pass the third over the last st *, repeat from *-*, then cast on 5 new sts at the end of row.

Row 4: K all sts, then cast on 5 new sts at the end of row= 20 sts on needle.

Repeat these 4 rows until shawl measures 90 cm / 35½'' in the middle. Bind off.

MMario's picture

I'd have to swatch to be

I'd have to swatch to be absolutely sure - but I believe for any section of that pattern it will strecth more easily from the midpoint to one side then to the other. If you can identify which is the stretchy side, then block the OTHER side first and block the second side to match. (it's because it is all directional decreases - and not mirrored)

davidjames181's picture

Thanks for the advice. My

Thanks for the advice. My blocking wires and boards should be arriving today so i'll re-block it once they arrive.

ronhuber's picture

I would imagine it is how

I would imagine it is how you have blocked it. I would dampen it again and repin it. This time pin the centre line of the shawl and measure carefully out from this line as you pin it.