The Falling For Shalws KAL is still going on in The Hungriest Knitter podcast group on Ravelry, and while I've been impossibly swamped with life business (so much work stuff, car troubles & apartment problems colliding all at once), I have made a little time to knit. What I haven't made time for is podcasting, and I promise there's an episode coming soon! In the meantime, I am thrilled that I finally finished my Imposter's Shawl and hey, I love it so so much!
The construction of the body of the shawl is seriously a piece of cake. The increase methods are pretty ingenious and I love the look of the faux-woven pattern. The edging, on the other hand, took me a few tries. Picking up the stitches was easy-peasy -- I don't want to reveal any of the methods of this paid pattern, needless to say, just trust me here. The actual knitting of the faux-crocheted edge, however, led to a few false starts. My first attempts looked so lumpy and bumpy that I knew even an aggressive blocking wouldn't fix it all. After knitting the edging more tightly, I think it turned out well enough. I have a feeling that going down a needle size would have helped, too.
A good soak and blocking job is what truly makes this shawl sing. Blocking wires would be of great use here, but I just went with a ton of t-pins and my new Knitter's Pride Knit Blockers and was pretty pleased with the results. This shawl is primarily intended to be worn as a scarf, but it's an easy pattern to knit into a larger size. I'm thrilled with how the yarn washed up - I used Bartlettyarns Fisherman 2-ply, and after a good soak, the fibers relaxed and softened a great deal.
This is all to say: The Imposter's Shawl is a fun and cleverly designed pattern. You should knit one, too.