Revisiting The Mermaid Shawl

We haven’t had a Fibre Friday in a while, because there’s been so much other news to talk about. Also, the Mermaid Shawl had me puzzled. Last week, I figured out what was going on.

Even though I’m using my own pattern, Undine, I didn’t follow the directions. In Undine, the ruffle is created with short rows at the outer edge of the shawl, and this ruffle remains the same width across the shawl. Any changes to the total width of the shawl are made in the body of it, right before the ruffle. This means that the rows in the body of the shawl are perpendicular to the lead edge, like this:Undine Shawl by Deborah CookeDetail of Undine Shawl by Deborah Cooke

When I began to knit the Mermaid Shawl, though, I didn’t read my own directions! I made my increases at the lead edge. This eliminated that ruffle band, but also skewed the knit rows. Because of the location of the increase stitch, they fall at an angle to the lead edge, like this:Detail of Mermaid Shawl by Deborah Cooke

This is pretty interesting. I had no idea this would happen. I would have expected my mistake to make little difference. I was wrong about that!

If I had just continued, following the rest of the directions for Undine, the stripes would have been at an angle for the entire shawl. But, I had decided to make an inverted V in the back, again with short rows, to emulate the shawl in the Jane Eyre movie. The finished V looks like this:Mermaid Shawl by Deborah Cooke

My revised plan had been for the inverted V to be the middle of the shawl, BUT the knitting still doesn’t line up. In fact, it’s only this new part that is perpendicular to the lead edge, and that means that the picture above is actually the midpoint of the shawl.

I need to knit another inverted V of short rows before decreasing to the end of the shawl to make the shape come out right. The finished shawl will have three triangles. This means that I’ll run out of yarn – I’m half done, but have only 30% of my yarn left. I’m going to have to buy a third ball to finish. I do like it, though, and it will bug me if I don’t finish it so that the rows are straight.

What do you think?

One thought on “Revisiting The Mermaid Shawl

  1. I used to knit a lot when I was younger along with crochet, embroidery, sewing and I am like that too, it would bug me if something didn’t come out as I designed, most of the time I took it apart and started again, unless the outcome was better than the planned design 😉


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