Percy Shawl – WIP # 3

Percy Shawl WIP Chart B

Just before I went to visit my sister for Labor Day I finished the first repeat of chart B on the Percy Shawl.  Did I ever complain about that boring rest row in lace patterns?  That was dumb.  I would like them back please.  I have never made so many mistakes and as I have on this chart B.

About half way through I did finally find that cadence I love so much with lace knitting but it was a painful half.  Even finding a good cadence I still keep making more mistakes than I’m used to.  I’m really missing that rest row. Did you know there’s different terminology for if a lace pattern has rest rows or not?

  • Knitted lace = patterned rows on both the right and wrong side of the pattern
  • Lace knitting = patterned rows on the right side and rest rows on the wrong side

That means I’m doing both knitted lace and lace knitting for this pattern?  Do I get extra brownie points?

Percy Shawl WIP Chart B Full

Meisi Gloves WIP

Meisi Gloves Attempt 2

After the gauge fiasco from my first attempt at these Meisi Gloves I’ve now caught up to what I had to rip out (and a little bit past).  These are fitting much better at the wrist. However, I am noticing that now that I’ve started the hand chart I might have to adjust again.  My stockinette gauge really is much looser than the cable or twisted knit ribbing and the palm may end up too big.  Still too early to tell.

As a side note, it’s really hard to take a picture of your own wrists/hands.

2nd Quarter Hue Shift Afghan Done!


Three months later and I’ve got the second quarter of my Hue Shift Afghan done. It took just over 30 hours again; my estimate is holding true!  This quarter used all ten colors so thankfully there was no dreaded single color squares.  Sadly I’m now sure I will need to buy more yarn.  I only have enough of the brown colors to get me through 2-3 squares each instead of the 5 I’ll need in the last quarter.

I’ll have to weigh all the yarn before I start that last quarter and see if I need to buy more of all the colors or just the browns.  Of course that means I’m going to have a bunch of extra yarn at the end.  Maybe I’ll see if I can track down another poor soul using these colors who can use the left overs.  I don’t really mind the cost since I’ll spend less for 10 more skeins of Brava than I did for some of the single skeins I bought during the yarn crawl but I have much better uses for my storage space than 10 skeins of unplanned acrylic.

Saturday I started the third quarter during a new (to me) meetup group, Aurora Naperville Area Knitters.  I’ve wanted to join one of these groups for awhile and I’m really glad Emily, who I met at Stitches, invited me.  Maybe this time it won’t take me three months to finish this next section!

Q1 and Q2

Yikes – Identifying Body Type

Fit BooksFor years all my shopping failures has been due to my bust measurement or my very short legs.  Naturally, this is what I’ve focused on.  However, in Melissa Leapman’s class she mentioned I was bottom heavy (I asked). While not news that I had hips I still couldn’t wrap my head around that mattering for a knit top.

Front Silhoutte Gray

I went out and bought two books, Knitting the Perfect Fit by Melissa Leapman and Knit to Flatter by Amy Herzog.  It was Amy’s book that did it for me.  Chapter 1 is discovering your body type through a photo.  Now, she didn’t suggest we silhouette our own pictures but it helped me tremendously with the distractions.  So what did I learn about myself?

  1. Yup, I’m on the bottom heavy side
  2. I have a waist line
  3. That waist line is very high and nowhere near my navel

I really love Amy’s book.  Not only does she talk about the body types defined with the frontal view but she also talks about the other considerations, like my high waist which is common for bottom heavy types.  This was critical for me because I do still have a larger bust that needs modifications no matter that I’m bottom instead of top heavy!

Here’s the advice I found for flattering sweaters in my body type.

  • Emphasize the chest and neckline
  • User vertical or “V” lines to draw the attention up
  • Go for shorter sleeves (or cuff designs to draw the attention up the arms)
  • Go for shorter sweater lengths
  • Use plain hemlines

Time to look through more patterns!

RIP Meisi Gloves Attempt 1

RIP Meisi Gloves


This photo will be the only evidence of my first Meisi glove attempt.  4 hours of work is about to be ripped all due to gauge.  The pattern is too stretched out when worn not attractive to me. How did this happen?   First I have small hands.  Even the size small in the pattern was a bit large for me.  Second, 9 sts per inch was not a possible gauge to achieve.  The best I got was 7 sts per inch on size 0 needles.  Even the yarn specified in the pattern gave an 8 sts per inch gauge.  I have no idea how the designer achieved the gauge she did.

I adjusted the pattern down from 65 CO stats to 48.  My math was just fine (I thought).

65 sts / 9 sts per inch  = 7.22″

7.22″ * 7  sts per inch = 50.5 sts.

Since the small was already a bit big the 48 sts should have worked out nicely with the pattern adjustments I’d made.  Turns out not so much and I’m still not sure why.  I’ve come up with three possibilities.  I’m missing something with the math conversion, my cable and twisted rib gauge is significantly smaller than typical compared to stockinette (the gauge swatch was stockinette), or I have large wrists in ratio to my hand size.  No matter what the cause I know I need to rip back and tweak it to get the look I want.  Now I’m sad.