knitnana: Experiments in Lace, Part 1

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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Experiments in Lace, Part 1

Here it is...blocked and unpinned:
And here's what I found...I was remiss in measuring the swatch pre-pinning to block. :(

So...Pinned the width of the swatch is 14.25 inches and the height to the point is 7 inches. This is through the first repeat of 24 rows of the body chart. I had 14 stitches over 4 inches (knit on size 3 Addi Lace needles).

Now. When I unpinned, here is what I had: 13.75 inches wide and 6.5 inches high. Hmm...Unpinned there was a "bounce-back factor" that was 1/2 an inch in each direction. I've seen that happen with natural merino, tho' I have to admit I didn't measure the difference. But 1/2 an inch doesn't seem unusual in my mind...what do you think?

I'm really pleased with the results of this little test. I adore the pattern - isn't Anne's pattern just gorgeous? (ok...nothing she does is anything less than gorgeous, I know!).

And I love The Meezer colorway. I think I'm going to continue on with this as is.

And, last night and today, I knit a second swatch of lace done in Socks That Rock. I used the Traveling Vines pattern from Dogs Steal Yarn. She's moved her blog and the pattern isn't there any longer...but I did find the lace pattern in the first Barbara Walker Treasury - just add 3 garter stitches on each side to keep the scarf from curling, and edge top and bottom with 5 garter rows. I hope she puts her pattern back up soon! It's a lovely one...

I did two repeats of the pattern (and shortened the garter border top and bottom to 3 rows. It's blocking now. I've measured it, too - 22 stitches over 4 inches on size 5 Knitpicks Harmony needles...

I'll show that to you later in the week and see what I think of the "bounce-back" on that one!

This is interesting...I can't wait to see what Judy finds in her results!


Blogger Knitting Linguist said...

That doesn't sound any more dramatic than bounce-back I've gotten from other yarns (except silk, which doesn't so much bounce, as stretch lengthwise beyond all expectation, while refusing to hold a widthwise block; or maybe that's just me). I'm so glad you're going to knit it in that yarn -- I love the way it's turning out!

12:23 AM  
Blogger Carole Knits said...

I think the bounce back is inevitable. So, it seems like superwash is an okay option for lace knitting.

6:50 AM  
Blogger Opal said...

It looks fabulous! I think the experiment was a success!

6:57 AM  
Blogger Ruinwen said...

Yeah! The Meezer yarn lands on its feet! I am so happy you can make up the shawl in this special yarn! :)

10:03 AM  
Blogger Knitters Knook said...

It looks great and I do LOVE the color! Looking forward to seeing you at Sedalia Fiber Festival this weekend!

1:51 PM  
Blogger kat said...

I think it looks fine & a half inch is really not that much

6:35 PM  
Blogger Barbara-Kay said...

Glad you're carrying on - it's lovely!

7:01 AM  

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