With thanks to the Lady With Balls whose struggles with this shawl challenged me to try it for myself, I give you my finished 198 Yards Of Heaven.
I say near perfect, because there is one mistake already noted. Seen clearly
here, with 198 Yards laid flat on my bed, is that extra (not to mention extra large) hole at the top of an also not-so-perfect section of yarn over 'Vees'. Lace though is nothing more than holey
knitting and here's hoping that once bunched up around my neck, a few wonky yarn overs will disappear in the mix. WOuld you - or I - correct this mistake? If I had noticed it early on, maybe. But having noticed it only once the shawl was complete and blocked, my answer is 'No'.
198 Yards Of Heaven. I found the pattern instructions confusing. While the pattern in terms of knit stitches was not difficult, the wording of the instructions was. My pattern was labelled 'version 3' and therefore was probably different from other versions but I definitely found it could have been clearer. To that end and for my 'LWB', I wrote a page of 'tips' and suggestions for (IMO) a better understanding. If anyone is interested, email me and I'll send a copy.
Yarn: Cabin Fever Sterling Although the pattern calls for Worsted Weight, I used this much lighter, stash, fingering weight yarn. Due to the finer yarn, I had to knit 4 full repeats of the lace pattern rather than the two and a half suggested in the pattern to get a scarf of sufficient size.
Needles: 4mm. Smaller than called for but a size that gave me a nice fabric with my finer yarn.
Mods: Yarn weight. needle size and number of pattern repeats as described above.
What I Learned: At times, no amount of pattern reading/studying will help with understanding. Sometimes you gotta' knit it to get it.
When you end the pattern repeat on a row different that the one the designer suggests, chances are the border won't line up properly. At least that is what happened to me. I had to study each row of border instructions until I came to one that would line up properly. The lining up was important because - as you see here -
Would I knit It Again? Yes. With Worsted Weight yarn, it would be a quick knit. Great for a gift that impresses.