Shawl Symmetry Experiment

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In early 2016, I purchased Hunter Hammersen’s book Curls: Versatile, Wearable Wraps To Knit At Any Gauge. I thought the patterns were lovely, but it was the diagrams of the shawl construction technique that really attracted me.  They were the first knit construction diagrams I’d seen and they helped me to look at design in a new way.

This week, I’ve selected a shawl from that book and plan to do some experimenting. Specifically, I’m going to try to turn an asymmetrical shawl into a symmetrical one.  Why? Well, because I’m curious.  I suppose I could do the math, but what fun is that?

The shawl I selected is Icterine. I liked the cables (yay!!) and, as an added bonus, I have some of the suggested yarn for this pattern. Probably not enough to do anything more than a shawlette, but enough to see if the experiment works.

The current structure looks a bit like the image on the left.  The triangle has a fairly sharp angle due to the increase of two stitches on every row on the right (long) side.

My intention is to mirror the structure along the short edge border so that the single individual border stitch becomes the center spine of the revised shawl structure, as shown in the image on the right.

It should work fine… but I’m curious if the sharp angles will cause some sort of buckling or rippling of the fabric along the center spine once I mirror it.

Oh, and I’m adding beads.  Starting with row 1 and every 6 rows until the end, I’ll add beads to each edge and the center spine.  The result is that each cable will be set off by beads on the edge.  The beads are a slightly paler blue than the yarn so it is subtle, but you can see them in the image at the top if you enlarge it.

Any bets on whether this little experiment is a disaster waiting to be frogged or ???

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