On this group, I have a thread for the "Advanced Shawl CAL - Whisper Wrap". You may leave your questions and discuss the pattern there OR you can leave comments on this post or any post related to the CAL. I will answer questions here in blog posts so that everyone can learn! Ok, hooks ready? here we GO!
I’m excited too and I also have a question. Since it has to do with gauge, I’m going to ask it now!
Using the I-5.5mm hook, my swatch measured 3.5 inches. Is this gauge “close enough” or should I swatch using a 5mm hook?
Thanks!Thanks for joining us! gauge is not critical as it is not a form fitting garment, however, you don't want a blanket or a napkin either. Our proposed gauge is
13 sts and 4 rows = 3” in pattern
With your gauge, you will likely end up with a shawl that is a few inches bigger. If you are ok with that, then you can just continue. If you want to get closer to gauge, go down a hook size. This is a very stretchy pattern, by the way, gauge is taken with the swatch laid comfortably on the table (without being stretched).
The purpose of the practice swatch is to familiarize yourself with the pattern and the stitches. The practice swatch is more than 13 sts, so it will not end up being 3" wide. If you want to make a bigger swatch that will give you a more accurate picture of your gauge, use the multiples instructions at the beginning of the pattern to make a bigger swatch. If you are adamantly anti-swatch and you just begin the project, you will not see your true gauge until you are several rows into the pattern and all the stitches "settle" into place.
Your goal for today might be to get the practice swatch done. I'm going to make my goal for today to get the first and second rows established (then the rest will be easy!)
Chaining on such a large number of stitches can be difficult. I will likely place a marker every 25 sts to help with counting. I also will likely work in the back ridge of my chains because I like the finished edge it will leave and it will help me visualize the chains so that they don't get twisted.