Le Freak


Le Freak

The Name

Le Freak by Chic

OMG! I went to all the trouble of looking up a project name, which was going to be Shimmy, Shimmy Ko-Ko-Bop by Little Anthony & The Imperials, and I already had one.

As I was working this shawl, it happened to be lying next to my marijuana and I noted the greens were exactly the same color. This led my mind to associate the white with cocaine, and from there it was a short leap to the Coco-Puffs, we used to roll: marijuana mixed with cocaine. Seems like a century ago! Anyway, I am sure you’ve made the phonetic connection by now.

Luckily, I can still remember the reason I originally named this Le Freak: it is a combination of two patterns.

Le Freak

The Shawl

Le FreakDimensions: approximately 99-inch wingspan by 12-inch depth
Destination: El Segundo Slipt Stitchers charities
Pattern: How to Knit an Easy Crescent Shaped Shawl (FREE pattern) by Barbara Benson
Pattern: Miniature Leaf Stitch by eKnittingStitches.com

I had found the crescent shawl pattern first and I have been eager to make a true crescent-shaped shawl. I have also been trying to teach myself how to incorporate lace into a improvised shawl pattern. When I found the small lace pattern the opportunity seemed right. It was tricky to match the two patterns together, but I came up with something decent. Looking at the pictures, the neckline is not consistent. Aside from that, I didn’t do too bad.

I was not happy with the edge stitch used for the crescent shawl pattern: K2, KYOK on the front, and SWYIF, K, YO on the back. It is too tight for my liking. The SWYIF seemed counter-intuititve to me because it required crossing “over” the previously knit stitch. I was worried about halfway through that this shawl was becoming way too big because of the needle size, but wanted to complete my intended pattern that I had started with: basically three spinal lace pattern repeats of four for a total of 12 leaves with garter, seed stitch and stockinette on either side, in that order. In the end I only had 305 stitches!

This shawl also gave me an opportunity to use some greenish-yellow disco chips I had acquired along the way. I had twenty, so I divided 305 by 21, got 14.5-something or other and still they did not disperse evenly. Aiyaa! Bind-off counting is so damn frustrating!

Le Freak

The Yarns

Glenspun
Color: Unknown; Content: Acrylic; Weight: Unknown

Lane Borgosesia S.p.a.
Color: 00265, Content: Man-made fiber, per burn test; Weight: Unknown

As I was making this mammoth shawl, I was thinking of making a light weight blanket from the rest of the Glenspun spool on smaller needles; something requiring minimal thinking, that I can always fall back on: a television project. On second thought, all my projects are television projects. Though, I am making an effort to go outside for an hour each morning to enjoy flora and fauna.

 

Le FreakBecause both yarns were so light – I estimate lace weight – I decided to double-strand very early on.

Desinger Notes

On the Needles: November 26, 2019-February 8, 2020
Needle Size: US 13

 

Le Freak

 

 

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