Friday, 27 July 2007

Discovering Borders.....

Nothing like being adventurous (or is that stupid) in your first venture into designing is there????


I've spent days getting my head round borders and the maths associated of trying to make a border fit to a shawl, counting rows and stitches etc etc..... then the best way to attach them and considering I've ever only done one stole with a knitted on border before I think the answer is stupid rather than adventurous. It really doesn't help when your husband can get his head round what you're trying to doing better than you and he can't even knit, it really is insult to injury..... anyway undeterred I have got this far.....




Both are edgings from Sharon Miller's Heirloom Knitting book (this book has become my bible recently) the bottom one is the Doris edging and the top one is the Rippled Diamond Edging... I have modified the Diamond edging slightly and added a bead to the centre of the motif to tie in with my beaded flower motifs in the main body of the shawl......

I think the Diamond edging is the one I am going to go for as although on this sample it looks too wide, I have to remember this is a swatch and the final stole will have 10 full motifs across plus borders..... plus it was a bit more interesting to knit than the Doris edging, but I drew the line at a knitted lace border ;o)

I have also decided that I have done enough 'playing' now and to actually start to knit this stole, because I know myself well and if I continue playing I will just go backwards way and nothing will ever be produced from this playing....

6 comments:

Kai said...

I agree. The Diamond edging bringd the motifs in the main body together. :)

fleegle said...

The top edging looks terrific! You are a fast knitter, that's for sure. The shawl is going to be stunning!

missalicefaye said...

I like the Diamond edging, too. :)

gilraen said...

I like the top edging, a lot :)

Spinayarn said...

I love the diamond edgeing. The Heirloom Knitting book is a treasure. You have a very good eye for proportion and such neat knitting too.

Soo said...

....off to buy the Heirloom Knitting book...

I agree with the diamond edging decision as well!!