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13 february, 2007

This gauge swatch is for my Clementine ShawletteI vowed -- yes, vowed -- not to start this new project until I finished one of my current projects, but I never said anything about swatching.  Thank goodness for loop holes.

Look closely toward the bottom of the vertical decrease lines.  Can you see where the vertical lines are interrupted?  For a close up, click here.  The stitch pattern uses a double decrease -- slip 2 together knit wise, knit 1, pass the 2 slipped stitches over.  This double decrease is difficult to work in the stiff linen yarn, so I tried to substitute a slip 1, k2tog, psso decrease.  No go, my swatching friends.  The pattern's decrease creates a vertical stitch, while my alternative decrease created a left slanting decrease.   This has got me thinking about the different types of double decreases -- hmmm, I feel an experiment coming on.

Yarn: Louet's Euroflax 100% Wet Spun Linen Fine / Sport Weight in Cranapple.   
Needles: US 4 & US 5.  The bottom half is knit using US 4s and the top half using US 5s.
Gauge: 23 stitches = 3.75 inches (US 4)
23 stitches = 4 inches (US5)
Stitch: Lace stitch pattern used for the Clementine Shawlette
Source: Clementine Shawlette, Spring 2007 issue of Interweave Knits, page 82

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Nona, I'm not sure where I was when you started this so I completely missed it! But I'm so glad I found your swatch blog now! You have the most fun and amazing swatches.

Posted by: erin | Feb 14, 2007 2:48:15 AM

A friend taught me a centered double decrease that I really like when I was having trouble with a stiffer version (looking back at my blog archives, it was the same one you're having trouble with).

The better version goes like this:

Slip 2 stitches together knitwise. Slip the next stitch knitwise. Knit the 3 together through the back loop. It's basically the 3 stitch version of ssk, and it looks great.

Posted by: Leisel | Feb 14, 2007 7:21:20 AM

I was about to make the same suggestion Leisel just did. It should give the same column of stitches in the front.

Posted by: Andrea | Feb 14, 2007 7:44:33 AM

Interesting about the decreases and Leisel's suggestion. Looking forward to the experiment.

Posted by: Brenda | Feb 14, 2007 11:55:03 AM

I've been talking with a friend about linen and its suitability for lace -- the shawlette looks a little sturdier than a full-on lace shawl, but I'm curious how you'd go about softening it and blocking it, as the linen tends to be a bit stiff when it's first knit.

Posted by: Sarah | Feb 14, 2007 12:18:31 PM

Would you be able to scan this pattern and email me a copy? I love this shawl pattern! What issue is it in? Thanks.

Posted by: Rhonda | Feb 14, 2007 3:00:11 PM

Do you wet and dry your Euroflax before you knit with it the first time?
(I read( at kpixie) one should do this...and I wondered if it was necessary)

Thank you,

Posted by: Miz Booshay | Feb 15, 2007 6:45:44 AM

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