I bought some lovely yarn from Lion Brand, called “Amazing.” The colorway is Regatta, which is a subtle rainbow of overdyed colors. I decided to make a triangle shawl with it, using a couple different lace patterns and center diamonds from Barbara Walker’s Fourth Treasury of Knitting Patterns.
In designing, I first tried a swatch of stockinette stitch. Somehow, I misread the ball band and thought it wanted Size 6 U.S. and made the swatch with those needles. It didn’t look the way I wanted, especially the honeycomb slipped stitch design.
Then I read the ball band. Size 9 U.S.
Trying it with Size 9 produced better results, but still too dense of a pattern when I knitted a simple moss stitch. I took that out and played with Vertical Lace Trellis, also by Barbara Walker but this time in her A Treasury of Knitting Patterns. I added an increase stitch on either side of every even row. Due to the nature of the pattern, I simply didn’t use a decrease on the one side, but added a make 1 to the other. While this allowed me to get the correct stitch count, it pulled the design out of shape.
I’m going to pull this swatch out, and try it again with simple make ones, while banding the lace with a simple garter stitch edge. That will let me center the triangle in the middle, keeping the edges straight. We’ll see how that works from here.