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Project:  Progression Shawl
Yarn:  MadTosh Prairie

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I am knitting this project as part of a class.  I have been mentioning it and struggling with it for some time.  I am on the verge of tearing the whole thing out and starting over, perhaps with different yarn.  However, first I will share some of the things I learned.

This is kind of a nifty pattern, the cast-on is only 3 stitches, and the cast-off is only 14 at the end, because the bottom section is knitting on sideways.  

We learned Judy's Magic Cast-On for use as a provisional cast-on to make the little starting rectangle.  Here is Cat Bordhi demonstrating the cast-on.  

The pattern says to cast-on 3 stitches, knit 6? rows, then pick up 3 stitches across the horizontal edge, and 3 more on the other end.  If you use Judy's Magic Cast-On, you cast on 3 on the needle one, then 3 on needle 2.  You can knit 6 rows from needle 1, then knit in the 3 stitches that were waiting for you.  

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At the end of the Magic-Cast-On there are 3 stitches on one needle and three on the other.  Keep the stitches with the working yarn on a needles.  Then:

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Slide the unused 3 stitches onto the cord.  This is a circular needle trick, I guess.

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Knit 6 rows of 3 stitches each (in garter stitch).

Pick up 3 stitches on the horizontal edge, like in the garter stitch ridges.  Then:
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Slide the 3 old stitches onto the needle again and knit them too.

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Now you have 9 stitches and are ready to start a shawl from the top down.  It can have a 3-stitch garter stitch on each edge, and you have 3 stitches in the middle to work with.  

Since this is a half-circle shawl, we doubled our stitches right after a purl row, I think.  
We knitted a few rows, and doubled stitches again, then had a simple lace stitch.  
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There was a diamond section (1.5 repeats) and we doubled again, and now I am on section 5, with the cascading triangles.
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The last good picture is at the end of the first repeat of the pattern.  

Half-way through the second repeat (the pattern calls for 3), my yarn broke, near the end of the row.   I joined in on the other side of the break and kept knitting.  Then I changed my mind, and unknitted.  In the course of un-knitting that row, I am two stitches short.

I think I hate this yarn.  I think I dislike single ply yarns in general and this yarn in particular.  It has a thick/thin spin that might be charming in a chunkier yarn but is totally annoying in this fine lace yarn.  Imho.  
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I attempted to capture the difference between the thin and the thick - here the dark brown is particularly thick, and whenever there is a k2, k3, etc.  Sometimes it looks like a blood clot.

I don't know if my bad mood or bad karma or whatever it is will continue.  I will probably pick back rows until I have the right number of stitches.  The pattern is well-written and actually is kind of nice - each section gets harder as it goes on.  This yarn, though, I am not sure it is my friend.  

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Originally posted to What Are You Working On? on Sun Aug 26, 2012 at 04:03 PM PDT.

Also republished by DKOMA.

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