|(in Malabrigo Rios)|
I bought the pattern, gave it a quick once over, pulled out my needles, and cast on. For some reason (which I still can't really explain), I hit snag # 1 instantly. Carina writes great notes and very explicit details, but I kept reading her instructions incorrectly. Perhaps what I should really say is that I over read her instructions and added steps that weren't there. She is a truly generous designer and over that first weekend, emailed me back and forth helping me through my brain freeze. Once I understood what I was doing, I hummed along. Now to snag # 2: I love knitting with Rios but I didn’t realize that I was knitting the large gauge until I was well into the project. I kept thinking to myself that the shawl was feeling awfully voluminous and heavy! And then I
read re-read the pattern from the beginning and realized that I knitted twice as many rows as needed for the gauge and had to frog half of it. I had to laugh (or I would have cried) and fortunately, getting the project back on my needles wasn't as tough as it originally felt it would be.
There were no more snags after that -- you can imagine how carefully I continued to read the pattern -- and I love, love, love this shawl. The tuck detail is so special and I'm really happy that I chose Rios as the shawl is cushy and soft and cozy. I hope Susan's mother loves her hand-knitted gift as much as I enjoyed making it for her.
So two lessons learned -- 1) always read a pattern from start to finish before beginning; and 2) even experienced knitters make mistakes!