Monday, February 18, 2008

Masters Monday 2.8

My offering this week. Doesn't look like much, but believe me it was a lot of work! In Level II you don't just knit your swatches from a provided pattern. You have to do all the research yourself and come up with a swatch that fits the requirements.

Swatch 11 - (lace of choice) Floral Mesh

For this swatch, and two more lace ones, the requirement is to knit a lace swatch, bordered by seed stitch, and containing at least two multiples and three repeats. And the big challenge....it has to be no bigger than 7 inches! After much experimenting I found that for me that means no more than 8 stitches in each multiple, and no more than 12 rows in each repeat....otherwise it ends up being over sized and would be rejected.

After getting the knitting done then you have to write up a pattern for it including the seed stitch border. All information like needle size, gauge, materials, references/sources, abbreviations, must be included. I've gotten bogged down there a bit. I have a rough draft of the necessary information, but I have to fine tune it. So just the knitting of Swatch 11 this week. I can't say it's finished until all the paperwork is done.

7 comments:

Jen said...

It's pretty! :-)

PJ said...

no, it DOES look like work! I love the pattern of the lace!

Marlene said...

Thanks Jen. It would be prettier in a less in-your-face colour, but I'm just digging through my leftovers for the lace swatches. This was Elann sock yarn.

Thanks PJ. I like it too. I may end up using the recent purple merino/silk handspun with that pattern for a scarf for the guild display. The pattern in from the Barbara Walker Treasuries. Volume 3 I think. It's called "Floral Mesh".

dragon knitter said...

do you have to use a specific yarn wieght as well, or just whatever you've to hand?

Marlene said...

All yarn used for swatches must be light in colour, Minnie. Most of the swatches call for worsted weight but the lace swatches ask for "fine" or "extra fine" (fingering or laceweight). All swatches must be blocked so it is in the knitters' best interest to use wool.

Nicole said...

Wow, looks really pretty. Bold choice with the yellow yarn.

Laura said...

Great-looking swatch, gf. You can finish up that paperwork. I know you can! It's not that bad. Not like it's a multi-motif pattern for a whole shawl or something. ;-)