I just bound off the final stitch of Melanie Berg’s True Colors.
I wanted to make this wrap because it seemed to me to allow for max flex when it comes to playing with colors.
As it turns out this was very true. There has been max flex around here in the past days, lemme tell you.
Pattern Notes and Tidbits for the Curious Knitter
Color choices: I used our two sets of colorways of Canon Hand Dyes Mini Skeins. The two colorways are very close, when you get down to it, though I have heard fierce defense of the uniqueness of these two colorways. I leave it to you to decide whether Candlelight (left) and Sunlight (right) are actually all that different.
All I know is that I love them both and grabbed all 14 mini-skeins and Backyard Fiberworks Sock in One Thin Dime—and let it rip.
I ditched the pattern when it came to the order of colors. There is no order—I just went with what felt good.
I wish dearly that I had had a second skein of the pink toward the end, but I didn’t. And there are a couple of places where I wish I’d slipped in the pale colors to break up the vivid neighbors.
But in all, when you’re making a wrap with 13 colors of yarn (I did not use a pale gray that was a ringer for the gray dividing rows), exuberance is the name of the game, not order.
Needle size: I went up to a size 7 for this. (Size 6 was specified.) I did not swatch. I just knew that it would be drapier and awesomer with a slightly larger needle. How much more awesome? The pattern size is 27″ x 90.5″ (that’s seven and a half feet). I haven’t blocked this yet, but I am going to crush the square footage measurement in this wrap. It’s 36″ wide before I even get my stretch on. I may go ahead and declare this a throw, a bedspread, a tarp.
Time from start to finish: Started this on March 31 as one of my MDK March Mayhem KAL projects, so about four weeks. I also knitted other things simultaneously, as you do. Clearly I lost my mind with joy on this thing.
Technical tidbit: Absolutely carry the gray color up the side. You will save 72 ends that way. In a project with 72 other ends, this is significant!
Clever thing I’d never done before: Melanie Berg suggests that when you get to the end of a Right Side row, throw a yarnover between the penultimate and last stitch of the row. On the WS, drop the yarnover. This makes that long edge super stretchy, which is what you want when a shawl will go through a significant blocking that increases the overall size. (I’ve lived the tragedy of a too-tight edge on a shawl. This is a game changer.)
Problems: The lace pattern is quite simple. The lone tricky bit is that you have to do decreases on the Wrong Side, and it’s easy when engrossed in a gruesome episode of The Americans (aren’t they all at this point? ECH!) to forget to do this. It’s an error of complacency—I GOT THIS OH WAIT I DON’T.
Bind off: I went up two needle sizes, per the suggestion of a Ravelry knitter who said it guaranteed a no-tears, plenty-loose bindoff. It’s loose all right! Could it be too loose? Stay tuned.
The Ends Game: OK, I am strong for the weaving of ends. It has never been a problem for me—you just gotta put your head down, crank volume 3 of that audiobook series set in Naples, and go.
Extremely controversial questions: I recently saw a knitter online say that she uses a tiny dot of Fray Check when weaving in the ends of superwash wool yarns. Otherwise, s/he says, the nature of superwash yarn makes the ends likely to poke out after a while. What do you think? Have you ever done such a thing? Do you find that your superwash wool ends work themselves out? Should I experiment with this? I am about to embark on a lot of end-weaving and want it not to be for naught. What do you think?
PS Edited to add these final photos—just finished blocking and snipped the woven ends.
Finished size: 50″ at widest end of the triangle, 96″ (8 feet!) long. I just love it.
If you’ve never knitted lace, it’s the most delightful thing to block.