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Lacy Shrug – Complete!

This lovely shrug had been finished for a while (and in plenty of time for the wedding, I might add), but I just got around to forcing Kai to take pictures of me wearing it. I think it turned out really nice. 🙂

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I used less than 3 skeins of Cascade Pima Silk to complete this project. If I had followed the instructions, I would have had to dip into the fourth skein. I made a ton of modifications, all of which can be found on my Rav page. This was an extremely easy project, and I think everyone should make one. 😉

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Lacy Shrug – Fourth Progress Report

It’s been a while since I’ve posted about my shrug.   I haven’t really made that much progress, but every little bit helps. I’ve been spending most of my time deep cleaning the house and decorating it. I don’t know why, but I was suddenly hit with this strong urge to make the place look more inviting. Don’t worry, it’ll pass.   🙂

Anyway, I finished the ribbing on the body and started the ribbing on one of the sleeves. If I sat down and applied myself, this thing would be done in an hour.

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Body Ribbing

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Sleeve Ribbing

I’ve realized how quickly this wedding is approaching since I had to pick up my dress today. Hopefully this will serve as motivation for me to finish. I’d really like to move on to something else. I should continue knitting Christmas presents, but so many things I’d like to make for myself are calling to me. I need some self control and fast!


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Lacy Shrug – Third Progress Report

I took the plunge and finally seamed my shrug.  Poorly.

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I am terrible at seaming.  I have tried to improve, believe me.  As evidenced in the above photo, you can see why I avoid garments that require seaming.  :/  The pattern said to seam 3.75 inches on each side, but I only seamed 3.5 inches per side.  That left a 23 inch opening which fit when I tried on the shrug.

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After seaming the ‘sleeves,’ I picked up stitches around the neck for the ribbing.  The pattern says I should have picked up 216 stitches for the XL size.  Ha!  I picked up 178, and there wasn’t any more available space to pick up more.  I hope it fits when I’m finished!  Since 178 isn’t divisible by 4, I had to go with 1×1 ribbing instead of 2×2.  I was a little disappointed, but I’m over it now.

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My intention is to knit more ribbing than called for in the pattern, yarn permitting. I need lots of coverage!


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Lacy Shrug – Second Progress Report

I think it’s about time that I post an update on my Lacy Shrug.  I finished the lace portion today!

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Lacy Shrug – Blocking

 

The pattern directs you to knit the lacy part first, block it, and then do all of the seaming and ribbing.  I blocked this pretty aggressively since I wanted the lace to open up and lay flat.  The unblocked piece looked a bit like egg crate.  This is definitely one of those lace pattern that needs blocking.

As I was knitting, I made the decision to knit only 5 repeats of the lace pattern.  (The pattern called for 5.5.)  The short sides were already long enough to go around my upper arms by the time I had completed 5 repeats.  I’m not sure what measurements I blocked to because I lazily didn’t measure (and now I can’t because it’s in Eva’s room, and she’s sleeping), but I’ll be sure to take some measurements once it’s dry and unpinned.

I was able to complete the lace portion with 2 skeins of Cascade Pima Silk and a smidgen of a third skein.  I had to join the last skein during the last row.  (And that made me way angrier than it should have.)  I’m pretty confident that I’ll be able to finish the ribbing with loads of yarn to spare.  In fact, I’m considering knitting the body ribbing longer for even more coverage.

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Close up of the pretty lace pattern.

 

I am so in love with this lace pattern, and I can’t wait to wear my pretty shrug.


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Lacy Shrug – First Progress Report

Yesterday I started knitting the shrug I intend to wear at my friend’s wedding on August 31st.  I’m a bit of a mess body-wise, so I wanted to make something that would help cover up some of my post-partum chub.  After much debate, I settled on the “Buff” colorway of Cascade’s Pima Silk.  The dress is a purple/blue/gray color, and I felt that Buff was a good, non-clashing neutral.

The pattern is simple enough.  I’ve been knitting it in front of the TV, which I know isn’t a good idea considering it’s lace, but I’m doing it anyway.  I chose to knit the XL (42″ bust) size.  I’m not measuring normally at the moment due to breastfeeding, so I hope it fits.  I had a hard time chosing a size since the shrug doesn’t actually cover the bust area (so do I really need to account for bigger boobs?), and I have tension issues (I knit at a bulletproof gauge).

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Above is a poorly lit shot of my progress.  I’m working on the second repeat of the lace pattern.  The pattern says to knit 5.5 lace repeats for the 42″ size, but I’m going to keep knitting until the short ends of the rectangle fit comfortably around my upper arms.  Right now I’m feeling pretty good about completing this by the end of the month, but that doesn’t take into account any mistakes and consequent ripping, both of which are pretty much inevitable.  As always, I’ll keep you updated.