I decided I wanted to enter 2008 without any UFOs*,so I ground out the last few inches of the Gothic Leaf Stole and grafted it together.
This pattern lent itself well to DK-weight Cascade 220. At this weight,you get a lot of nice texture. (Faster to knit,as well –each half was only eight repeats across,and nine reps high.)
In a word,it’s huge. Certainly the biggest thing I’ve ever knit. It’s 24 inches wide and 63 inches long,unblocked. (I myself am only 64 inches tall.) It required 4 skeins of Cascade 220 plus a wee little bit extra. Let’s say 17 ounces,and 935 yards.
It will be even larger once it’s blocked. However,it’s already so huge that I don’t have room to block it indoors. Blocking will have to wait for a run of nice weather this spring,so that I can lay it out on the porch.
Kimble was gracious enough to model it for me.
I’m pleased with the pattern,which you can buy from her site. It was clear and well-written,and included all the techniques you need to know (i.e. detailed information on working the kitchener graft).
My only complaint is that the chart is inexplicably printed in black on dark gray,which was cause for a great deal of squinting.
(Chart blurred for copyright reasons.)
Now I just need a shawl pin,stat. It’s only a matter of time before I forget to hold it when I lean forward over the wood stove,and accidentally drop the damned thing into the fire.
* Except the Really Boring Cardigan. We shall not speak of this project.