My “spider web” shawl has been a popular production for sale item for me for a very long time. From time to time the line was joined by chenille and felted ones with variations in shape
Most of my chenille inventory traveled with me to my new residence. The yarn has some challenges in knitting and handling, which may relate to the core content holding the fibers in place, and its twist. Lace holes may disappear with blocking, fibers shed sporadically with washing, and so on. Quality and behavior are not necessarily pricing or source dependent. Swatching is always worth it. As I work on new ideas, I occasionally decide to “wing it”. I prefer shawls that work with a bit of neck shaping rather than simple triangles. So I thought: Faroese style shawl, 2 triangles, and a shape with a bit of holding at the center, just “knit it”. The first triangle knit was the striped section, shaped with increases from 3 stitches to the desired width. The wedge section had interesting issues with biasing, even with blocking. The solid green triangle, shaped with decreases actually knit to a size different enough so it had to be unraveled and re-knit. There are many hand knitting patterns published that offer directions for “asymmetrical” shawls, which use such differences as design features, and that certainly can be an option in machine knitting as well. Calling the item a shawlette or scarf also discounts many issues. That said, I got this sort of shape and wanted this, with close to equal shaping on either side of the center wedge
The original idea had been to create a ruffled edging with color patterning using the slip setting, automating needle selection, pattern, and shape. Brother has imo created the worst single bed color changer on the market. It is the only one I know of where the yarn does not leave the changer and in turn travel with the knit carriage sinker plate. The chenille yarns simply did not clear it properly for me, sticking together, and looping far too easily (though smooth yarns had no issues). So then my 910 got set up, and I thought to try knitting with 2 carriages. For the pattern I wanted to create even this involved issues with carrying yarn up the design stripes, and after trying slip and FI patterning I gave up and went for the KISS principle, returning to single color shaping using holding to create the ruffled edging.
Some of the steps I would do differently or add in future pieces:
1. definitely gauge swatch, perhaps even draft shapes on the knit leader and use it to guide triangle (or another shaping) for shawl segment
2. shape both large triangles with decreases, requiring one to be started on waste yarn (yellow line) and rehung prior to section knit in holding. Red arrows indicate the direction of knitting for each piece
3. yarn markers every X # of rows along the outer edge of shawl or on inner ruffle edge if it is knit separately, may be helpful both for seam as you knit, or later for joining the ruffle by hand
4. if the color changer is required, try to use the double color changer, with knitting weighted as for rib (this is a very viable option for frequent color changes on the bulky machine). Drawback here is the pattern is no longer immediately visible, so any errors or dropped stitches may be missed in time for immediate repair.