It turns out the shawl has more stamina than I do.
Here's where I seek your advice. I admit to buying this yarn with a bit of hesitation knowing that it is variegated. Variegated yarn does not work well with complicated lace patterns. (this is always true. No amount of denial is going to change this. Not even if you really, really, really want the yarn and pattern to be united.)
I'm considering this shawl a swatch. (By the way, the pattern is Damask by Kitman Figueroa and I'm using Malabrigo Sock in Azules. You may not be able to tell that it's the same pattern because of the variegation.) No, I could not have knit a small square swatch. How could I tell how the colors would change with the decreasing stitch count in each row? How would the nupps look? What would be the overall effect? Clearly I had to knit the largest swatch possible, and it might as well resemble what the finished shawl would look like, right? So this
I was a bit deflated by what I saw. We needed some time apart (though, obviously, the
I thought it looked funny. I thought, "This pattern isn't lining up." This was on the first row. I decided that the designer knew what she was doing and I should just continue. "Oh, good", I thought, "the next row lines up with the one below" and this is how I continued for an hour. I thought it was time to count my stitches. 153. That seems right, it says in the pattern that after row 56 I should have 153 stitches. Perfect. But what is this number in parentheses? Oh, never mind, that's just the stitch count for the medium size, but I have 153, so I must be knitting the small size.
But that doesn't make sense, because I cast on for the medium. When did this change? Have I been knitting the small size all along?
I studied my knitting. I looked again. I saw where the pattern didn't really line up, that the stitches were falling in the wrong place above the nupps. "The nupps," I thought. The nupps at the top of this chart. The top of this chart that I just started knitting. Why are there already nupps? Somehow I must have...
And then I realized. I've already knit this chart. Not the entire thing, that would be too easy. I knit through the nupp rows and then stopped 4 rows shy of moving onto the next chart. Three days later when I sat down to knit this
For an hour I did this and didn't think twice.
So what do you think. Is the variegation too much? Maybe we should wait to see until I block the