Friday, April 3, 2015

Uliuli Wai Shawl from Needlecraft Cottage - Day 2

Stockinette Start...

There’s a lot of stockinette involved in the top section of this shawl.

On the one hand, better at the top—where the rows are shorter—than at the bottom.  If the bottom half of this involved this much stockinette, I would need some pretty compelling television to get me to the end.

I decided to use all this purling—for as every good knitter knows, every wrong row in stockinette is all purl—as an opportunity.  While I have mastered continental knitting, I have never mastered pick-style purling.  Here’s my chance to “pick” up my purl speed.

After a quick tutorial from a young knitting friend who is quite a fast purler, my brain grasped the concept.  My fingers took another hour or two to catch on.  While I still can’t continental purl without looking (an essential skill for knitting in front of certain television series), I suspect I am faster than I was. 

My victory will be short lived.  The next section involves a fair amount of yarn-overs, and I have yet to mastered the continental purl of a yarn-over stitch.  I’ll probably have to go back to the throw style for these rows.  that won’t be all bad—there is much more variety in the trellis stitch than stockinette, and I’m familiar with it from the endless feet of trellis in the Lady Fern Scarf.

And if all else fails, the color is still just so darned pretty to look at!

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