And I’m in love. It’s exactly what I wanted.
Pattern: Kiri, from All Tangled Up
Needles: Addi Turbo size 5, 8, and 10
Execution: 14 main pattern repeats; I counted the first leaves too, so I had 15 leaves down the center line and I called it “15 repeats” while I was working on it.
Yarn: Knit Picks’ Alpaca Cloud in peppermint, single strand throughout
Skeins: 1.5. I had to take out the previous, failed Kiri to have enough yarn, and that one used about 3/4 of a skein.
Preblocking size: 19″ from center top to point
Postblocking size: 27″ from center top to point
Started: Saturday, April 8 (I’m not counting the first one)
Finished: Friday, April 14
Needles: I used 5s because I don’t have size 6 Addis, and after the first Kiri I made on my ill-purchased Crystal Palace bamboo circs, I knew I needed the smooth join and fast needles of Addis. People warned me that Addis are not sharp enough, but sharpness was a complete nonissue–I had no trouble getting the needle into the stitches. They were soo fast, too, they were worth it. Slipperiness was also not an problem.
Cast off: The first Kiri suffered a far-too-tight cast off, despite using a size 10 needle. To do it this time, I purled the last row (row 12 of the edging) using a size 8 needle, and then I cast off using the 10. I also cast off in what can only be described as full-on sloppy. Not just loose: I was sloppy. It took so much concentration to keep it sloppy, and I was a big ball of tension the entire time. And how long did it take me to cast off? Just to cast off?? It took me at least 50 minutes. When I hit halfway, I joked that it was going to take me an hour, but I wasn’t entirely sure what time I’d started. So I timed how long it took to cast off the second half of the shawl, and it took 25 minutes. Assuming I did perfectly even splits, it took me 50, but it was a while before I got into a good groove for my sloppy cast off, and so I might say that the whole row did take about an hour. Egads. It was exhausting. But! I have pretty scallops, so it’s all worth it. My recommendation for anyone seeking to do this shawl and get the scallops is to do it super slowly, super sloppy, and on gigantic needles. It’s the only way. Reading other peoples’ accounts shows that there are many straight-edged Kiris out there, much to the chagrin of their creators.
Blocking: I read through the directions and realized that they’re written wrong: It says to pin out the sk2p (slip one, k2tog, pass slipped stitch over) stitches out to make the scallops. That would look like this, which I only did in order to take the photo in order to tell you all about this error:
I also got my hair chopped off on Thursday, so I’m in those first few days of really great hair. I ordered new glasses yesterday; they should be here next week! It’s going to be a whole new Minty.