I have been struggling with my Rock Island Shawl, making no progress whatsoever as I kept having to rip out row after row of the edging lace, making silly mistakes, or simply forgetting where I was in the chart. Don’t get me wrong, the pattern is clearly written and it is not overly complicated, but I simply could not get the hang of it. So I kept procrastinating, putting the shawl aside in favour of another pair of socks. ( A girl can never have too many socks, right, especially not as mine usually get nicked as soon as they come of the needles. )
After nearly two weeks, I still had not finished the lace border. I was beginning to despair when I finally got round to reading Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Knitter’s Almanac. The book off course is a classic and offers a mix of stories about Zimmermann’s life, as well as a series of basic patterns, organised by month. The pattern for July is her famous Pi Shawl and I soon realised that this was the shawl I, and many others, had been swooning over on Glenna’s wonderful blog, Knitting to Stay Sane. No sooner had I finished reading the instructions, than my Rock Island shawl was frogged and a Pi Shawl cast-on. I am a happy knitter once again and for the last two days, I have been contentedly knitting away.
[The] shaping-rounds occur farther and farther apart, when there are (because of previous shaping-rounds) a larger and larger number of stitches. Towards the end, by the time you state of mind has become more and more frayed, and your need of mindless comfort knitting greater and greater, your knitting will be nothing but almost endless rounds of hundreds of stitches, with no thinking required, at all.
From Knitter’s Almanac
Thank you, Elizabeth Zimmerman. Exactly what I needed.