When Issue 105 of The Knitter arrived through my letterbox it contained a pattern that answered my problems.

I had been looking for a pattern to make for a dear friend. And the issue contained the perfect one: the Candyfloss shawl by Anniken Allis.

And the perfect was hiding in my stash: Duchess of Lace by Countess Ablaze.

Duchess of Lace yarn being wound on a cake winder | www.gradianceyarns.co.uk

I quickly cast on the project and made good progress. A few printing errors in the pattern charts slowed me down though. The errata is also available in the Ravelry project, but here they are for you too:

  • All sk2po should be s2kpo.
  • Row 38 – work as was set for the WS rows.
  • Chart A – row 7 and 9 are incorrect. The knit in middle of row 7 needs to be a s2kpo. The sk2po on row 9 is just a knit.
  • Transition section is missing row 6 which is to be worked as row 2.
  • Chart B is perfect.
  • Chart C I made my own alterations to, but is correct.

Candyfloss shawl by Anniken Allis | www.gradianceyarns.co.uk

I had a decision to make when I got to chart C. You see I wanted pointier tips on the edge of my friends shawl. But the written pattern does not have this. So I made up my own and wrote down the instructions.

Candyfloss shawl by Anniken Allis | www.gradianceyarns.co.uk

The changes I made came out beautifully. If you fall in love with a pattern, but it needs a small alteration then you should never be afraid to make the change yourself. Just follow this one tip: put a lifeline in before you start the change.

Not all changes go according to plan. Sometimes they go wrong, but not because you are a bad knitter. There is no such thing.

Candyfloss shawl by Anniken Allis | www.gradianceyarns.co.uk

When you venture into the world of creating your own designs, things don’t always work perfectly. Designers all over the world will be able to tell you stories of how their projects were ripped back. Time and time again.

But if you get to a point in your journey that is exactly what you want then you should put in a lifeline. This means if the next step goes wrong, then when you rip back all of your work so far has not been lost.

Candyfloss shawl by Anniken Allis | www.gradianceyarns.co.uk

Now this is the point where I wanted to share my changes with you. So that if you liked my alternative edging then you could have it too. But I’m afraid the instructions have been lost. I wrote them down and put them somewhere safe.

My next choice would be to read my knitting and recreate the instructions. By reading your stitches you can do anything in knitting. But I have already posted the shawl to my friend. And I feel it would be wrong of me to ask for it back.

At this moment in time, I can only continue to hope the instructions reappear to me soon, so that I can finally share them with you too.


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