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Shaping Success!

March 6, 2015 - 1:38 pm

First the triumphant photo:

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That right there is my GINORMOUS swatch for Fire Thief, using all the charts, but only working a small part of the circular center motif and a couple repeats of the curl expansion chart. I believed in my geometric intuition about how this would work out, but I needed to test. 

Imagine the glass bowl represents your shoulder. The shawl is designed to hug your shoulder and Curl around your neck. (heh heh. See what I did there?) This is a small scale swatch that would fit a two or three year old, and it doesn’t have any beading, but the shaping will work just the same in the adult size. Phew! It works!

Here’s a pic from the top:

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It’s a pretty straightforward knit with just a few tricky bits. More or less you make a circular start, work in the round for the circular chart, then knitted cast-on a couple stitches and take off working back and forth Curling in one direction and picking up live stitches off the circular motif in the other. When you have used up all the sts from the motif you just keep working the Curl charts.

If you want a looser, flatter scarf you can use the progressively larger expansion charts as you work outward, or for a tighter spiral stick with the first chart. 

When it’s as large as you like, work the edging chart appropriate for however you ended up working the expansion charts. 

I have all the charts and am just working up final layout and the transition explanations. I should have it all written up soon— possibly later today– and have a version out for anyone who wants to test knit along with me. I’m off to Ravelry right now to set up a pattern page. 🙂

Let me know if you’d like to knit a test one! All I ask are nice photos. 

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March 6, 2015 1:38 pm

Looks fantastic! *raises hand* I will help and proofread as well. I may have some yarn on hand suited to this, but I’d like your opinion. I will message you via Ravelry as well. –ldp


March 7, 2015 1:38 pm

What a cool pattern! I would love to test knit it.

Jennifer Leigh

March 7, 2015 1:38 pm

Thanks! Email me at jennigma at gmail dot com and I’ll send you the PDF!


March 7, 2015 1:38 pm

I don’t see my previous comment posting, but anyway, please count me in as a test knitter for this cool pattern.

Kelly Wilder

March 7, 2015 1:38 pm

Really interesting! Id love to give it a try!


March 7, 2015 1:38 pm

Lovely odd-shaped shawl!!


March 15, 2015 1:38 pm

This looks fantastic. I would love to be a test knitter

Jennifer Leigh

March 15, 2015 1:38 pm

Test knitting is closed now, but going well. Join the mailing list for info when it’s ready!

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