Things are a bit backwards over here. I fully anticipated finishing my Calligraphy cardigan long before the Cladonia shawl, but that's not how it worked out. And normally, I'd save a FO post for a Friday, but I just couldn't wait.

Just as a quick update on the Calligraphy - I finished one side of the button band and am in the middle of picking up stitches for the other side. In the middle of that, I decided I wanted to take a break from all.that.ribbing. So, I started working on my Cladonia with real enthusiasm.

As I said in my last post, I had a few minor issues with the chart. Total user error. I also had some issues with the picot bind off. Looking back, I don't think I had had enough coffee to be doing what I was doing at that point in the morning. With a picot bind off you bind off stitches, then cast on more stitches, bind those off, cast on more, bind those off, cast on a few more, bind those off, and then a few extra. The pattern was well written, but it had a lot of parenthesis and well, I never was good at order of operations. So, I just wrote out the directions, one step at a time, including all repeats of cast on/bind off until I could really wrap my head around it. After doing a few repeats of the bind off, I had it mastered and didn't even need to read the directions to finish the rest of the stitches. It's really easy, once you figure out what the heck you're supposed to do.

Once I tackled the bind off (which by the way, took an entire afternoon) I blocked the shawl. It grew a lot after a good soak. I wish I thought to take pre-blocking measurements, but in my excitement to get it blocked, I totally forgot. I blocked it by painstakingly pinning out each picot and a straight egde along the top.

Please don't tell my other finished projects, but I think this one might be my favorite one yet. I can't wait to wear it!

Project details: 
Pattern: Cladonia by Kirsten Kapur
Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh Sock in Well Water
Needles: KnitPicks Harmony, US 7


  1. That is stunning, the colour is just beautiful and it's just the right amount of lace. I'm sure you'll get lots of wear out of it.

  2. Oh my goodness, you rocked this!

  3. Oh, it's stunning. The yarn you used is perfection. It drapes gorgeously.

  4. Just beautiful! It's so gratifying when something you've worked hard on turns out perfectly.

  5. That is so beautiful. The stitch definition in the lace came out great.

  6. Your work is stunning and I woud love to see pictures of this beautiful piece worn! I found your blog through SG and while I don't knit, I do love to see pieces made by others so I am looking forward to your future posts. Have a great weekend (hopefully you get to wear this piece this weekend?)

  7. looks gorgeous, congrats on such a beautiful finished piece!

  8. So Now you have inspired me.. I have some Swan Island Yarn that My Daughter bought me and I have been searching for the right shawl to make.. I am thinking I will be happy with this one after seeing how nice yours is!!! ♥


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