The Best Loved Shawl is done and drying on the blocking floor. Here's what was left of the yarn.
Now to get Gary's Gansey back on the road to completion. I had the plain bottom and ribbing knit up to where the texture pattern would start. Here is it on top of his favorite old gansey, just to double check the length. This is a bulkier yarn and texture pattern so I want the design to start higher up on the body; the pattern should enhance the chest not pad the tum. It will still start about 3 inches under the armhole. I find that I do prefer the patterns to start before the armhole. I just like the way that looks.
The swatch (yep, found the swatch) shows the difference in the patterns quite well. And since this one has been sitting on the needle for several months, starting the pattern now will disguise any "needle line" that might show up after the stitches have had such a long rest on the cable of the circular needle.
Lest you be wondering, I am going to double count to be sure the pattern will fit into the number of stitches on the needle. Thank goodness I have my original notes and sketches.
Tonight I'll finish the last repeat on the center of the Highland Triangle Shawl and get the stitches picked up for the inner borders. I always like to have some knitting ready while I teach. It's no fun to just watch other people knit; I want to be catching a few stitches along with the knitters at the shawl workshop this weekend. As I said before, the Inner borders on the Highland Triangle are simple and rhythmic, lace that can be knit in a group. Friendly knitting.
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