The Results Are In!
Howdy, friends! The results of the third design decision in “Choose Greg’s Adventure” are in, and you have chosen REGULAR HEXAGONS! This one wasn’t even close; the results were 27-13. If you’ve been keeping up with the pattern updates, you already know that the pattern was updated with the instructions for knitting the regular hexagons. I really like how it came out.
By the time you finish the hexagons section, you have 178 stitches on the needles. Since each row uses more yarn, the panels are getting thinner as we go. If you don’t have your yarn yet, be sure to tune in to Unraveling…a knitting podcast (episode 144 or episode 146) to find out how get a $10 discount on yarn from Beach Bunny Yarns.
Notes About The Journey
For this section, I went back to seed stitch in the Liffey Falls Beach Bunny Yarns World Traveler yarn. Once again, I used close to same amount of yarn in this section as I did in the first. The hexagons portion had me returning to my Lichen yarn and used it up quicker than I anticipated, so it’s thinner than I thought it would be. But I think it balances against the circles portion nicely. This section does involve doing some lace knitting on the wrong side, but once you get the hang of it, it flows pretty comfortably. The spreadsheet I’m keeping is really helping ensure that I balance my yarn usage and hopefully will keep me (and you!) from playing yarn chicken at the end. If you have a copy of the pattern, you have access to that spreadsheet, so you can see how I plan things like this and follow along with my exact progress as I knit it myself. You’ll even see that I’ve gone ahead and knitted the Liffey Falls rows that I’ll need for the next decision….
Speaking of the next decision, it’s time for us to make our final choice in our adventure! We’re going to have 12 rows of seed stitch in Color A, and then it’s time to put a border on with Color B. When I started the journey, I had hopes of applying a perpendicular border to the shawl at this point, but I just used more yarn than I anticipated in the previous clues and fear that any good perpendicular border here would be asking all of us to engage in a high-stakes game of yarn chicken. So I’m not going to put anybody through that. I’m aiming to use close to 90g of each of my colors in order to create a buffer if your gauge is different than mine, or if you’re using a different yarn that might not have as many yards per gram as mine does.
So instead of a perpendicular border, I found a couple of nice regular edges that would work well. They are similar, but one will lend itself to creating a flat edge and the other will tend to a wavy edge. In the schematic, we are at Decision Point D. Which do you prefer we use for the final edge? Check out the photos and vote below! Voting will be available for about a week, and the pattern should be updated shortly after voting closes. (Note: some users have reported issues voting using the Firefox browser. If you have an issue voting, try using Chrome.)
Once the votes are in, I’ll update the pattern with the newest instructions and get to finishing the knitting my sample. I’ve really enjoyed watching everyone’s progress along the way! Remember, you can pick up your copy of the pattern on Ravelry and be sure to tune in to Unraveling…a knitting podcast to hear more about the design process and how to get a $10 discount on yarn from Beach Bunny Yarns.
Until next time, keep on knitting for the ones you love!