Percy Shawl Challenge Done!

Percy Shawl - Finished - Back Just shy of 6 months I’ve finally completed this shawl challenge!  Good thing there was no time limit.  It was a little bit more of a challenge than I expected.  I had to remember lace knitting.  I had to learn knitted lace. I had to learn nupps.  When I started I was expecting to  refresh my memory and be good to go.  Not quite.

This pattern was perhaps a bit ambitious after a 2+ year break from lace knitting.  After the first chart/pattern I needed all my concentration for this project or I would spent as much time tinking as knitting.  Probably why it took so long.

I have to admit when I finished this Saturday night and went to try it on in front of the mirror, I thought about keeping it. It’s gorgeous. I mean if my cat Loki attacked the shawl when I wasn’t looking and it just didn’t make it out alive everyone would understand right?  Nobody had to know what really happened to it.  Fortunately for Laura, this is not my color.  If this had been in purple or gray, maybe even blue, things may have turned out very differently.  I’m sure Laura is too smart to ever hand me purple lace and expect it back in any shape or form.

Anyway, the shawl is done.  Laura will get it as promised.  Here’s some stats on the project.  Now I’ll be sticking to smaller projects until the end of the year at least!

  • Yarn: Chinese Mink Yarn (the label is in Chinese so I can’t read any more than that)
  • Yarn Weight: Lace
  • Needles: US Size 4 (3.5 mm) circulars
  • Measurements: About 6′ wide across the shoulders and 3′ at it’s tallest point (blocked)
  • Pattern:  Percy Shawl
  • Time Spent: 60 hours
  • Dates: 5/19/2015 – 11/14/2015

Percy Shawl - Finished - Front

Percy Shawl - Finished - Side

Nupp Rythms with Soup

I’m so glad I decided to practice the nupps before attempting chart C of the Percy Shawl.  Nupps do not come naturally for me and from all the ways I found to cheat it looks like I’m not the only one!  The Stitches class I took in August, Estonian Style: Nupps and Starflowers class with Denise Bell, taught us how to do nupps but sadly I was not one of the rockstars in that class.  The 5 stitch nupp was okay, the 7 was a struggle and I didn’t bother trying the 9. As you can see, my practice nupps are very ugly.

Bad Nupp Practice

So what are nupps?  They’re are an Estonian stitch that looks similar to a bobble.  It’s always an odd number of stitches knit into one with the pattern K1, *YO, K1* into one stitch.  Then on the next row these stitches are all purled together.  Yikes, right?

Trying this from memory and my notes was not working well so I went ahead and looked up some tutorials to get me going.  I’m still not perfect but it’s enough to get started on chart C.  Here are the tutorials that I liked best (I didn’t like the cheating ones).