Questions, Questions: The Shawl, The Darts, And More

Coming Soon: Icelandic Lace Shawl
Sometimes the best part of writing a post is getting to answer back someone who leaves a really great comment:

Dear Eirwen in Wales,
I am so sorry that visions of the gorgeous Icelandic Shawl have distracted you from your previously-scheduled vacation knitting (of a gorgeous silk lace-and-cables sweater, no less). Be strong. The shawl pattern will be waiting for you upon your return. (Unless, of course, you want to fly me to Crete? I could bring the printout straight to the beach, perhaps.)
Yours in lace knitting, Sandi

Update on the Icelandic Shawl pattern: We discovered a correction to the original chart, so the whole thing has gone off to the tech editor for a thorough check-up, and we will post the PDF later this week, as soon as it is ready! As an additional treat, we will also be posting the original article on Icelandic Shawls that appeared with the pattern in the 1996 issue of PieceWork.

Fireside Lace Edging

As a teaser, our featured free pattern this week is also from PieceWork magazine: Fireside Lace, an easy lace edging from the 1800’s that you can use anywhere to add a lovely (and authentic!) vintage touch. The original was worked in crochet cotton, but you could work it in sock yarn, DK weight…I’d love to know what creative ways y’all can come up with to use this cute edging.


Customizing For Your Own Curves

As promised, I am working on a Bust Dart PDF with the actual Bust Dart Numbers, as well as instructions on how to customize for your own curves. I’ve spent a chunk of time researching numbers for you gals whose curves are either smaller or larger than my own, and this has proved to be more frustrating than I had anticipated. The Official Research Numbers, as any of you can probably guess, often have little to do with Real Women And Real Bodies. (If you want a great-fitting bra, are you able to confidently walk in and buy one off the rack without trying it on? Not on your life, which is my point exactly.) To make matters worse, the Official Research Numbers vary widely from one expert to another; there are even reports that a B-cup in a 34B bra is smaller than a B-cup in a 38B bra.

Real Knitting For Real Curves

No wonder we women have trouble finding clothes–or knitting patterns–that fit! And no wonder so many of you were so excited by the concept of bust darts, whether they are formed with vertical shaping (as mine are) or short-rows.

So, here’s the deal:

It is not The Interweave Way to publish knitting information unless it is Great Knitting Information. (Sure, we make mistakes sometimes, such as leaving out the schematics in last week’s version of the Charm Wrap…oops. A new PDF with the schematics included has been posted, with my apologies.) For all you Bust Dartage Fans, for example, I’d rather take the time to get the numbers right than rush it and have some of you end up with a bust dart on your left hip. However, I know many of you are anxiously awaiting SOMETHING.

Here’s my question: While you are waiting for the Whole Dart Tamale, would you like to have an interim PDF, documenting my specific alterations for my size only, perhaps giving hints and suggestions for other sizes? Leave a comment and let me know if you don’t mind waiting or if you’d like a sneak peek.


From Your Comments: Q&A

“Wow! Do you get to knit at work, or do you just knit really fast? I think it would take me a month to get Tomato done…” (Lauren H.) Knitters are always curious as to whether Interweavers get to knit at work or not! A lot of us here knit during meetings or at lunchtime, but the rest of the time, we have too much other work to do to be able to knit during the work day. I knit after work, on the weekends…just like everyone else. I don’t knit very fast at all–in fact, I am a wee bit self-conscious about my lack of speed. I am, however, persistent, and will get up early to knit to meet a deadline. And Lauren, a month is just about right: With all the ripping I had to do to get the mods on my Tomato right, it took me three weeks to finish it.

“Yes, it’s great but what do you mean you haven’t blocked it yet? Don’t you have to block the pieces before you sew them together? Very curious…” (Anonymous Knitter) You’re absolutely correct–if the Tomato had been knit in pieces, I certainly would have had to block each piece before seaming. However, the Tomato is done in the round…so I could get away with not blocking it before wearing it.

“I love the Charm Wrap cardigan. But as I am in Europe (Netherlands), I have no idea what to do with your inches, needle size etc and description of ‘worsted’ yarns. It would such a great help to have a ‘translation’ list. Do you know where I can find something like this? By the way, your Hot Tomato is great and suits you well.” (Mieke) Great point, Mieke. All our pattern PDFs have both metric and English measurements for sizing, needles, and yarn label information. However, conversion tables and/or links would be a great addition to Knitting Daily. I also will try to be better about putting equivalents in my posts!

Sandi Wiseheart is the founding editor of Knitting Daily.

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