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Topic: Dancing Cranes Stole: My First Craftster Project and My First Big Lace Project  (Read 7940 times)
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WorkingJackie
« on: October 15, 2010 06:17:57 PM »

This is my first completed project post and my first big lace project! Yay!

I am very pleased to introduce: the Dancing Cranes Stole








And one more time in natural light:


This wonderful and elegant patten can be found on Elann.com. The designer, Shui Kuen, has a knack for creating knitted masterpieces. The stole is considered an intermediate level project. I've been knitting for less than a year and I think that this pattern can be tackled by an advanced/ambitious beginner.

Here are the changes I made:

The pattern calls for Elann Silken Kydd, a lace weight mohair/silk yarn. I used Lily Chin's Greenwich Village yarn. It is a worsted weight mohair/nylon/acrylic blend. I swatched and swatched some more and decided to use 6.5mm/US10 1/2 circular needles with a 40 inch cord. I suspect that 6mm/US10 needles would also work.

I intended to cast on 223 stitches, but for some reason I cast on 225. I discovered this after I completed 4 purl rows. My two extra stitches simply became an extra stitch on the end of each row.

I completed a total of two 28-row repeats and an addition half (14 rows) repeat. Keep in mind that a half repeat will leave a uneven edge. I don't mind it at all. I may have continued the last repeat to completion, but it turned out that 4 skeins of the yarn I used was the perfect amount for two and a half repeats.

The pattern instructions specifically mention cast on/bind off tension. It warns against binding off to tightly. When it came time to bind off, my tension was in fact tighter than the cast on. I realized that I preferred the tighter tension of the bind off compared to the cast on. I'm not particularly prone to loose cast ons, but I do wish I had cast on a wee bit more tightly. No worries though, I still love the finished product.

Blocked, the finished dimensions are 15'' wide by 64'' long. I expect it to lengthen with wear.

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« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2010 06:33:15 PM »

I LOOOOVE IT! It's really beautiful, and looks super soft, too.

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« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2010 09:33:58 PM »

very very beautiful!! great job! Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2010 07:03:55 AM »

It's absolutely gorgeous! Congrats on completing your first big lace project, you did a wonderful job!!!

Is it purple or pink?
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« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2010 09:26:13 AM »

Beautiful! You did a great job and it fits you well!  Which color is more accurate, the natural light photo (purple-ish) or the ones with flash (dusty rose color)? I love the lace pattern...I can totally see how it got the name Dancing Cranes!  Cheesy
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Jane2
« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2010 08:06:29 PM »

It is sooo beautiful!  I wanna knit it too.

I cannot believe you have less than a year of knitting under your belt.
I am hesitant about starting this - even though I really, really want to - and I have been knitting for nearly fifty years!

Well done!
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WorkingJackie
« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2010 10:48:46 AM »

Thanks for all the comments!

Burgz and striker923: The color is purple. You can check it (color 5561) out here:

http://www.lilychinsignaturecollection.com/yarns.php?greenwich_village

The natural light photo most accurately represents the true color. I took the picture late on a very dreary day and I was only able to get one good shot before it got too dark. The other pictures were taken in my living room which is lit by two compact fluorescent table lamps. What a difference lighting can make! 


Jane2: I was quite surprised by the ease of the pattern. I know when I first saw a picture of the finished product, I got the impression that I was going to be difficult. After checking out the pattern and working out the yarn substitution it was easy sailing.         
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crendon
« Reply #7 on: October 17, 2010 09:50:38 PM »

That is ridiculously pretty!!! going to check out that pattern & put it on my list. Great job!
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« Reply #8 on: October 22, 2010 07:50:57 AM »

Do you think that this would work as a throw/afghan if I repated the patter 3 times. I am looking for a really beautiful pattern to truly pamper someone and this is so beautiful. Thanks for sharing.
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« Reply #9 on: October 31, 2010 07:35:33 PM »

Beautiful!  Love the color and it looks so soft!
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