Swatch for Springshawlsurprice knitalong!

I’m taking part in my first knitalong in the spring, as a result of being on Ravelry and finding out what’s out there!  I have knitted very little lace but I did knit a Shetland ringshawl a couple of decades ago (it took me a few years to finish it but I eventually did!).  I didn’t know about what a difference blocking made until I read Stitch ‘n’ Bitch Handbook by Debbie Stoller so I have never blocked it, but I plan to very shortly and will post a picture of it when I do.    When one of my sons was dedicated as a baby, I wrapped him in it.  Right, now I’ve written it, nag me till I do it!!

Anyway, for the knitalong we have just been given a swatch to do to get used to knitting with our chosen yarn and to ensure the edges are elastic enough.  I’m using Jaggerspun Zephyr 2/18 laceweight wool/silk in claret:

Jaggerspun Zephyr laceweight yarn

Hopefully this will be enough!!!!

Here is my swatch:

swatch in burgundy yarn 

I’m glad I had this practice because it took quite a lot of getting used to, and the needles I used were very slippery.  I’m going to order some special lace knitting needles by Addi which apparently make it easier.

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2 Responses to Swatch for Springshawlsurprice knitalong!

  1. purplejen November 14, 2007 at 9:47 am #

    (is that enough nagging?)

    I think you SSS will look fabulous in that colour. You might want to go up a needle size from the one you used for the swatch for SSS 🙂

  2. Liz November 14, 2007 at 7:13 pm #

    Hi Jen

    Thank you! Your nagging worked – it is all pinned out as I type! BUT now it is all spread out I can see all the mistakes and the appalling job I did of it, and there’s a hole in it too:( Either moths or I haven’t been too careful with it over the years… oh well, it must be 20 years old now so I will put it down to experience… Hope I make a better job of the SSS… I shall post pics when it is dry.

    Thank you for checking the swatch for me. I have ordered some Addi lace 3.5mm needles (well, a circular), and I did the swatch on 3.25mm so that should do it.

    Where in Scotland do you live? I went to university in St Andrews in the early 80s and loved it there. Must go back to Scotland some time. I love your Thistle shawl, by the way.