Lessons Learned – It seems that I am still learning them. In March I started a shawl called Macey published by Louet North America. This used to be a free pattern, but now you must purchase it. The pattern calls for Euroflax Fine Sport Weight. This is a 100% linen yarn, it is supposed to get softer when you wash and dry it. I had read about this yarn in various places and it was one, on my list, that I wanted to try. When I went to a LYS, the cost was around $18 – the pattern calls for 3 skeins and that was a little more than I wanted to pay, so I waited. On another day and a different LYS, they had Euroflax for 50% off, now we were talking! The label had that famous number on the skein of yarn – a 3 with the word “light” under it. That made it much more affordable, and for a shawl that could be thrown in the washer and dryer, no blocking, even better.
So this weekend I finally finished it- simple but pretty pattern
The problem, you ask? It’s about 60 rows short! (Arrrrrgh!)
This had me scrambling to figure out, what happened? I checked my guage – fine. I know I bought 3 skeins, I wound all 3 at the same time and placed them all together. Was I totally loosing my mind? Did I knit only 2 and not 3? I really didn’t think so, but I had to search all of my yarns just in case I had finally gone off the deep end, after all I had been working on this over a long period of time. No extra skein to be found. Was this a case of the skeins not having the yardage that they should have? (I know this happens) This I could have understood if I had been a few rows short, but 60!?
No – none of the above. I got the label and the pattern and started to read them closely. The pattern doesn’t specify a name for the Euroflax yarn, but it does have the yardage-270 yard. The Euroflax that I bought is called “Geneva” and even though it has that nice little number 3-Light on the label, on a different part of the label it says Worsted Weight, 100 grams, 190 yards. The difference in the weight may not have made a huge difference, but a total of “240 yards” sure would!
So Lesson Learned – Read everything carefully!! Even if you think you are using the yarn the pattern calls for. All is not lost, I don’t have a wrap around shawl, but it does wrap around and meet in the front – so I have a nice shoulder shawl instead. I am Thankful and glad that it is finally finished and I learned something very valuable in the process.