I’m pleased to say that, after being stalled for weeks, I’ve finally finished my entrelac stole.
In the end, everything came together just the way I wanted. I’m thrilled with the way the Estonian stitch patterns I chose for the body harmonize with each other.
I love how Tiny Edging provides a unifying frame. It was the crowd favorite after I showcased it in last month’s newsletter, and for good reason!
And I’m ecstatic that the whole thing lies flat after blocking. With all the differences in gauge and knitting direction, it could’ve ruffled, or bubbled up in places, which I really didn’t want. Bonus: at 4 units wide by 15 units long, it’s a generous 22x65". I had feared, partway through knitting the body, that the edging wouldn’t add enough width and I should’ve knit it 5 units wide... but had I done that, I would’ve run out of yarn before I hit a decent length.
with just 10g of yarn leftover!
What kept me motivated through this non-trivial project? Don’t laugh, but it was my swatches.
Every time I started feeling bored with the WIP during its “lump of fuzz” stage, glancing at the pretty blocked swatches reminded me what the FO could look like, and gave me the oomph I needed to keep going.
So here’s the big question. Do I go one step further and write up a pattern for the stole? If I were to take the time to create detailed instructions, draw clarifying illustrations, hire a tech editor, etc, etc... would you buy the pattern? C’mon, lemme know; my swatches aren’t going to provide any motivation on this count.