Monday, July 16, 2012

To be, or not to be, my dear Beatrice....

I cast on today for the Beatrice shawl that I plan to knit for my mom.  I've only done the first (small) pattern repeat and I'm already wondering if I really want to go through with it.  I love the look of the shawl, but after examining the pattern, I realized there is an area of the pattern that requires picking up masses of stitches... and I hate picking up stitches... especially along the side of garter stitch, which this will be.  The shawl also uses a provisional cast on, which I have only done once with limited success.  What if I finish the whole damn thing and then I am unable to undo my provisional cast on?  That would be a tragedy.  On the other hand... it already looks so lovely and I have only done 18 rows.  Here is a picture:



Pretty, huh?  I guess I'll work on it a little more before I make any permanent decisions about the fate of the shawl.

p.s. I did the provisional cast on by knitting into the "butts" of a chain of crochet stitches.  This isn't the method I used last time, and this was a lot easier.  I'm just worried about what is going to happen when it's time to release the stitches.

3 comments:

  1. Beatrice is looking beautiful so far, but I've also had this dilemma, sigh. There's a provisional cast on tutorial on YouTube by lucyneatby. I've used it a couple of times and it works fantastically - easy to knit and unravel. Here's the URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3J-sUx_whE

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  2. OMG! That is awesome!! Thanks!!

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  3. That is pretty! Provisional cast-ons are like magic once you find a good one. So fun!

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