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Mordor Sunrise - Qualified Perceptions
Mordor Sunrise
I finished knitting this before the California trip, but didn't get around to blocking it until I returned. This is a project that I thought was gorgeous when I saw a picture on Ravelry, and then by chance ran across the same gradient yarn on a drive from Chicago to Madison, where we stopped at several yarn stores because that makes the drive go faster. :) Anyway, I decided to replicate the pattern with the same gradient, and I do still think it looks gorgeous. The yarn has more orange than yellow, so it comes out as a somewhat even transition from the smaller end to the larger end.

But it's a weird pattern, or maybe it's just that I haven't done this particular varient of shawl/scarflet before. So, there are a lot of triangular shawls where the neckline is the hypotenuse, and the corner is the bottom of the back. And there are other shawls where there are increases as you go, to make batwings or a semicircle, or even more than 180 degrees of an arc (I think Faroese shawls are often like that). This is a very obtuse triangle, where there are a ton of increases at the sides, but none in the middle. So when you finish knitting, it's a very short wide triangle, but then you curve it as you block it so that the top of the triangle goes out flat, and the bottom flat edge curves. Does that make sense? Maybe it needs an illustration.

I guess this is the best way to get smooth curved stripes? But even after blocking, it secretly still wants to bunch up the fabric at the back of my neck, because it knows what shape it was when it was born.


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merastra From: merastra Date: January 18th, 2014 04:38 am (UTC) (Link)
That combination of original shape, increases on the sides, and blocking doesn't make any sense. At best guess, it seems like a well-marketted hack/mistake. It *is* still pretty though. :-) Are you going to wear it?
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: January 18th, 2014 01:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yup, the plan is to take this one to work for the days when the heat is mysteriously low by my window. (My office has a lot of microclimate issues).
kelkyag From: kelkyag Date: January 18th, 2014 07:00 am (UTC) (Link)
The colors are gorgeous.

Knitting blocking still confuses me. Most crochet is rather more definite about what shape it wants to be than knitting, especially lace, seems to be, though blocking does help with definition.
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: January 18th, 2014 01:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, knitting has a lot of stretch to it - both because the stitches themselves can stretch either horizontally or vertically a bunch, and because the stitches have a tendency to overlap a bit, and you can block them out of doing very much of that too. The Dr. Who scarf gets something like 30-50% longer when aggressively blocked (to match the TV scarf, which was probably more like "aggressively accidentally stretched".
jadia From: jadia Date: January 19th, 2014 04:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow, that's gorgeous!!
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