I had a lot of practice with tinking and frogging on this last project. I figured I should live true to the class that I teach at Twisted, ” Tink, Drop, Frog.” Yes, all those fixes really work, even on things more complicated than stockinette!

I frogged (rip-it, rip-it) 12 rows of lacy knitting when I realized that I didn’t have enough yarn to do an extra 16 row repeat *and* a border. And then I had to frog again when I messed up the border. While I was frogging that, I decided to take it back even further so I could have a deeper border. Here it is unblocked.


I love blocking. It’s like magic…


But I don’t love this shawl.

blocked piano


It’s pretty, but I think the pattern in the body is too bold for the more delicate border. And I love the undulating border, with its little sparkly beads.


This was my first experience with adding beads to my knitting, other than a one hour wonder class with Sivia Harding at Sock Summit last summer. I really like it! These are a little subtle with this yarn, but the blue on the inside of the beads was such a perfect match, I had to use them.

beads 2

When I first envisioned this shawl, it was all about the pattern in the body. I was inspired by raindrops running down a window. So maybe that part of it needs a different border, but for now, I’m going to knit another shawl and play with this border some more.

Raindrop Shawl (my own exploration)
Knitted Wit Superwash Merino fingering weight, 100 grams
US size 6 needle
Size 6/0 Toho beads

14 responses to “pdxfroggerati

  1. What a gorgeous lace in the beautiful blue…it reminds me of the stroll my family and I had this afternoon. The blue reflected deeply on the steady flow of Deschutes River…very serene. I assure you this will be even more stunning once blocked. Spectacular. You’ve done well, Michele.

  2. I like how the rivulets seem to splash into the border. Can’t wait to see what you do w/ it instead.

  3. Beautiful work and worth all the frogging. I love the raindrops idea and think the beads are just right.

  4. I see what you mean about the body and the lace edging, but I would never have thought of it on my own. I was too wow’d by the shawl.

  5. I think it’s wonderful.

  6. I would agree about the mismatch. I like them separately though. The body reminds me of cino de mayo for some reason! I love that you are willing to try something and keep working at it. I don’t tend to work that way when I knit!

  7. I can see what you mean about the border being delicate compared to the lace pattern of the rest of the shawl, however I kind of like the juxtaposition. I also like the shape of the triangle, wide and shallow. =) It would be a good scarf.

  8. We can’t love them all. At least, you had a good time with the beads. That makes it a win, yes?


  9. I think it is gorgeous!!

  10. It is evocative of Portland rain that falls when the skies are blue.

  11. I understand that it’s maybe not what you envisioned but it’s still very, very lovely. And I wish I lived closer and could take your class. I love to learn other knitters’ tricks and tips for fixing mistakes. I bet you’re a great teacher too!

  12. I think it was worth it, especially the beads.

  13. I think its beautiful – I really like it – and the beads – nice!

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