Advice on Forest Canopy Shawl

PhilNmtl's picture

I am working on a Forest Canopy Shawl and remember that some of you have finished this project. I am using a wool alpaca blend on 5.5 mm needles and have about 200 stiches on the needles now. I am using wool a bit heavier than worsted weight. The pattern wants me to move into the scalloped edge at 195 stiches but that just didn't seem wide enough. Any sage advice from the rest of you who have made this? My elbows have been complaining so I wouldn't be sad to be finishing it now but I really do want my friend to have a warm shawl for winter. She is 93, tiny and has been struck with short term memory loss in the last six months. I am knitting her the shawl to help her remember that someone loves her even when we can't be there. She grins and tells me that she will remember that someone loves her, but WHO will probably remain a mystery. I am also setting her up to knit me a scarf so that she doesn't go buggy with the long days when she can't concentrate well enough to read or watch TV. Maybe I will post a pic of the two of us when our projects are finished.
So, what are you recommendations in terms of how many stiches on the needles before I begin the scalloped edge?

Thanks for your wisdom.

Phil

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PhilNmtl's picture

Thanks for your kind words.

Thanks for your kind words. Nandy is a wonderful woman and it is easy to be kind to her. I also kind of hope that if I ever get to her point in life that someone might make me a nice shawl :-) or at least stick a pair of needles in my hand and buy me something other than phentex to knit with!

crmartin's picture

I don't have any suggestions

I don't have any suggestions for the shawl, but I just wanted to say bless you for such a wonderful gesture. There are some people that just reinforce my faith in mankind and you are one on them.

Randy

PhilNmtl's picture

I follow you so far MMario

I follow you so far MMario but with everything scrunched up on the needles I'm not sure how to measure it. Is it possible to count stiches and calculate from there?

Phil

MMario's picture

Measure from the center

Measure from the center point where you cast on along the edge to the needle. Divide the number of rows you have knit by the inches from the center. this gives you your rows per inch guage.

(Because of the consruction of the shawl your uper edge is the "free" section - the two sides leading to the point are still on the needle.)

MMario

and double the measurement. That gives you your
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PhilNmtl's picture

somehow I knew that you

somehow I knew that you would have a solution! Thansk so much

MMario's picture

don't forget though, from

don't forget though, from the center to the needle is only half your width....

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A good rule of thumb on

A good rule of thumb on shawls is that you want the width to equal the "wingspan" and the "wingspan" of a person usually equals their height.

Forest canopy, is, If I recall, a top down shawl - which means at 200 stitches on your needle your top edge is 100 rows "wide". Allow 10% for growth in blocking, and you want that top edge to be about 54 inches across, if she is 5 ft.

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