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FO: Iron Maiden


And then I went a little crazy with the photography.

Anyway, I finally finished my Iron Maiden shawl, knit in Your Mom Knits’ Max in the color “shieldmaiden.” See, this is what happens when you listen to my random tweets about History Channel’s Vikings colorway yarns—I buy them and knit them. (Maybe not as quickly as I’d intended.)

I was trying to channel Olga’s beautiful shawl photography; it probably works better if you have someone actually taking photos and aren’t just trying to time up your movement with the remote shutter but it could also be that I’m just not that smart.


I’m really happy with this shawl turned out, but I have to say, I was not impressed by the pattern itself. The pattern is absolutely technically correct. But the charts are laid out in an incredibly confusing way, and I’m primarily a chart knitter. I tend to lose my place when reading line by line instructions, but I struggled so much trying to figure out the charts that I had to use the written instructions. And subsequently lost my place more than once. But once I got the hang of the repeats, I could pretty easily figure out which line I was supposed to be on. However, this slowed down my knitting and frustrated me, which is part of the reason it took me so long to knit this.

If you’re a line-by-line lace knitter, you’ll be fine. If you lean more towards charts, maybe you’ll have better luck/concentration than I did.

Categories: finished object


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