In A Quandry

I’ve been making good progress on The Spider Queen Shawl. I finished the first border. I dry stretched the border and edging and took pictures. I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out,

Close-up of border #1

so I started border #2. I have completed 8 rows of the second border, and I’m suddenly plagued with doubts.

I didn’t want to have seams at the corners of the borders, so I decided to adapt a technique used in Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Stonington Shawl. For the Stonington, increases are made at the beginning of each row by doing a yarn over before knitting the first stitch. This creates loops through which stitches are later picked up and knitted together with a stitch from the adjoining border, eliminating the need to sew the borders together later.

This technique worked very well on my still unfinished Stonington, but I’m terrified that it’s not going to work so well on The Spider Queen. The corners of my Stonington are very stretchy and I have no doubt that I will be able to block Stonington with no difficulty when it is completed.

But the corner edges of my Spider Queen are not nearly as stretchy as I would like them to be. I didn’t really notice this when I was dry stretching and pinning the border for the pictures.

Border # 1 dry-stretched and pinned

But I did notice it last night when I gave the corner a tug.

Now I don’t know what to do. Should I just keep on working border # 2, then knit and attach the other two borders, trusting that I’m just being paranoid about the corner edges?

Or do I start border #2 over again using a different (and as of yet “un-unvented” technique), then rip out border #1 and reknit it using the “new” technique? I won’t know whether the edge is stretchy enough as is until I finished border # 3 and dry-stretch the shawl.

I’d hate to do all that work only to have to rip it all out and start over. But I sure don’t want to rip the first border out and reknit it needlessly.

What to do?!?!?!?!?

2 thoughts on “In A Quandry

  1. The Queen Susan shawl on Ravelry has a section on borders and might be a help with this problem. The pattern is a free download.
    Another way would be to knit all 4 borders at once leaving one section open and then “stitched up” at the end. This ‘stitching up’ does leave a seam the is visiable on the shetland shawls that I have seen.
    Hope this helps.

    • Thanks, Celeste. I downloaded the Queen Susan quite a while ago. I’ll give it a look. Knitting all 4 borders at once would work quite well if I could figure out a way to do the corner increases that could be recreated on the seam, maybe a herringbone look. Hmmmm! Food for thought! Of course, I could simply knit them all at once in the round if only I were willing to do all that purling. LOL

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